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      Teaching TipsTeaching tips extends the Language Assistant resource manual with more tips and practical hints.

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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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      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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      Short projects to get them talking

      There’s nothing like a group project to get students talking.

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      Strategies for keeping attention

      Keeping students' attention and stopping them from getting distracted is a big challenge.

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      Recycling Vocabulary

      Did you know that you have to see a new word at least five times before you can usually use it and include it in your ‘active’ vocabulary?

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      Lesson Planning

      As a language assistant, 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Reluctant talkers 1

      Being faced with a class which won't speak can be very disappointing after all your planning. When there are rows of blank faces or questions that nobody will answer it can demotivating.

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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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      Round up activities

      Many lessons at the end of a school year or course involve a summary of what has been covered. Revision activities are useful as they remind students of what they have done and reinforce a sense of learning.

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      Short projects to get them talking

      There’s nothing like a group project to get students talking.

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      Strategies for keeping attention

      Keeping students' attention and stopping them from getting distracted is a big challenge.