In this section, you will find a number of articles, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Knowing the subject'. From primary-aged students to adult learners of English, the articles you will find here are practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your teaching and planning for all kinds of classrooms.

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Error Correction 1 - methodology article
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When it comes to error correction we are dealing with one individual's reaction to a student's piece of writing or utterance. This...

Error Correction 2 - methodology article
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As mentioned in Error Correction 1, students can differ greatly in their attitude to producing spoken English. Some are only interested...

Evaluating speaking - speaking article
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This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

Exploring metaphors in the classroom - methodology article
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When our students listen to pop songs in English, browse web sites in English or watch movies in English they frequently meet language...

Extensive reading - reading article
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In general, students learning to read in English do not like reading and they rarely read. This is partly due to the way reading is...

Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us. - reading article - guest writers
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In this, the first of two articles for TeachingEnglish, Alan Maley considers the benefits extensive reading can bring to English...

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Let us be sure about what we are talking about here. This is not an article examining films that have been made from books or their...

Form focus and recycling: getting grammar - reading article - guest writers
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In my last article, Reading for Information: Motivating learners to read efficiently, I referred to four stages in a task-based reading...

From priming tasks and target tasks to language focus and grammar - methodology article - guest writers
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This is the third in a series of four articles which will explore how to integrate a task-based approach into a typical textbook to...

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The emergence of so many different kinds (or 'varieties') of international English has caused a number of linguists to question the use...

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In this article, informed by the Lexical Approach, I reflect on grammar instruction in the classroom, including my own teaching, and...

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Visual representations of information are by no means an innovation in education. The use of graphs and charts to represent statistical...

How to approach discursive writing - writing article
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Since writing is primarily about organising information and communicating meaning, generating ideas is clearly going to be a crucial...

How useful are comprehension questions? - reading article - guest writers
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You may well ask me “How useful is the question in this title?” After all to check what a student has understood after listening to or...

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Pronunciation work has traditionally taken a secondary role in language teaching to work on grammar and more recently lexis.

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This article describes a training event for CLIL teachers in Salzburg Austria, in November 2015 with a focus on CLIL cooperation between...

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Why not use the activities on LearnEnglish Kids for listening practice with your young learners?

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Here are some ideas for practising speaking in class with young learners.

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Introducing and practising vocabulary in class can be done in a variety of enjoyable and motivating ways. It’s also important for...

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There are many activities which you can use with your learners to help them develop their writing skills. For example, writing stories,...

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Learner training is about developing students' awareness of how they learn. It aims to develop students' learning strategies with the...

Lexical Approach 1 - What does the lexical approach look like? - methodology article
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This is the first part of an article looking at the theories of language which form the foundations of the lexical approach to teaching...

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This is the second part of an article looking at the theories of language which form the foundations of the lexical approach to teaching...

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Reading and listening texts are often used in the ELT classroom to practise receptive skills and / or as the introduction to a topic or...

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Few would doubt that students should leave a lesson with some kind of transcript of it: be it a notebook or, if technology allows, pages...

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In this article I will briefly focus on how I try to develop listening skills with our young learners who are learning English as an...

Listening: Top down and bottom up - listening article
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In 'real-life' listening, our students will have to use a combination of the two processes, with more emphasis on 'top-down' or 'bottom-...

Making listening an authentic experience - listening article
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In this article I would like to focus on two key areas of developing our students' listening skills.

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If telling my students "And now we're going to practise listening," elicits looks of dread and fear, announcing reading practice can...

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Mansfield Park is Jane Austen’s third published novel and many readers and scholars think that it is her highest accomplishment.

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