Teaching Tips

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Grouping students

When you’re planning your lessons how much time do you spend thinking about how you’re going to group students for the activities in your plan?

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Classroom layout

When you’re planning your lessons do you ever think about the layout of the classroom?

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Error Correction

One of the main dilemmas for teachers giving conversation groups is error correction. It’s always tricky to know when and if to correct students and how to go about it.

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Activities for first lessons 2

The following activities focus primarily on fluency and are suitable for intermediate level and up. They will give you a chance to get to know the class, break the ice and estimate their language level.

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Activities for first lessons 1

The activities that you use in your first lessons are very important and are likely to set the tone for the rest of your classes.

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Establishing the ground rules

Good classroom management skills are essential to the smooth and efficient running of any classroom.

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Reluctant talkers Part 2

This second part of the tips for reluctant talkers focuses on your skills as a people manager.

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Proverbs and Idioms

This is a tip all about teaching your students proverbs and idioms. 

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Monitoring

When your students are on-task and engaged in a speaking activity where are you and what are you doing?

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Having fun with dialogues

Here are some ways to encourage learners to make their own dialogues and to experiment with the language they know.

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Ways to encourage more use of English in class

Getting students to use English in the classroom is one of the biggest challenges of teaching.

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Activities for using magazines in the classroom

Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.

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Drama techniques to get them talking

Drama techniques which focus on getting across meaning with body, as well as words, are very useful for the language classroom.

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Using poems, quotations and proverbs

Learning a language does not just mean saying something new. It helps to also practise saying words and sounds.

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Lesson planning

When you are faced with planning whole lessons on your own for the first time it can seem like a daunting task.

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Using film and video clips

Film and video are very effective ways of both motivating our students and helping them to understand language, but they do need to be used with care and an understanding of some of the dangers and potential involved.

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A multi-level writing class

This activity is a great writing task to use in the first week or so with a new group.

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Monitoring

When your students are on-task and engaged in a speaking activity where are you and what are you doing?

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Fluency activities for higher levels

Learners beyond intermediate level require more opportunities to speak at length. It can be a challenge to find interesting topics and we can sometimes concentrate too much on issues and topics in the news.

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Fluency activities for lower levels

Developing spoken fluency with learners at low levels can be very challenging, but here are some tips and activities which may help.

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Getting adults and children to talk

Both adults and children need practice at talking to be able to develop their speaking skills, but that things that stimulate them to talk are often quite different.

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Grouping students

When you’re planning your lessons how much time do you spend thinking about how you’re going to group students for the activities in your plan?

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Having fun with dialogues

Here are some ways to encourage learners to make their own dialogues and to experiment with the language they know.

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Jazzing up grammar

Making grammar more interesting for students is one of the great challenges any EFL teacher faces.

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Lesson planning

When you are faced with planning whole lessons on your own for the first time it can seem like a daunting task.

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Making a class magazine

Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

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