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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Methods, post-method, and métodos - methodology article - guest writers

This is the first of two articles by Scott Thornbury for TeachingEnglish.'A language teaching method is a single set of procedures which...


Multi-word verbs are complex and present problems for learners both in terms of their grammatical form and their lexical meaning.


In the first of these two articles, Multi-word verbs: Learner problems, I looked at some of the problems that multi-word verbs cause...


Northanger Abbey, like Pride and Prejudice, features a range of characters who behave heroically and those who behave more villainously...


The last novel that Jane Austen had published was Persuasion.


This article looks at what needs to be taught when teaching vocabulary and ways to present and teach vocabulary.


When we talk to each other we reveal a great deal about how we think and how we feel about the subject at hand and the world around us...


Pride and Prejudice is now one of the most well-known literary love stories, with people encountering it either as a novel or a tv...


Like many novelists, part of what they write about relates to the wider world they see around them.

Product and process writing: A comparison - writing article

There are several ways to approach writing in the classroom. It should be said at the beginning that there is not necessarily any 'right...

Pronunciation - the poor relation? - pronunciation article - guest writers

The point I want to make is that pronunciation teaching has been neglected and that we have all lost out through this. 


In this article, Wendy Arnold and Fiona Malcolm explore why we need to develop reading skills with young learners and offer tips and...

Reading for information: Motivating learners to read efficiently - reading article - guest writers

This is the first in a series of four articles which propose a four stage methodology for teaching reading.


As a teacher I had always perceived 'reading aloud' as a 'taboo' in the EFL classroom since it focuses specifically on a 'bottom-up'...

Rediscovering silent grammar - methodology article

Many of us may be familiar with aspects of the Silent Way, mainly because in recent years it has been popular to use "Silent Way"...

Register and degrees of formality - methodology article

There seems to be a widely held belief that English, in common with the British who speak it, is a very formal language. In my...


This article presents ideas on how to help your students remember vocabulary.


This article discusses how much attention language teachers should pay to vocabulary acquisition research, particularly with regard to...


Rhythm is both a feature of and product of the phonological structure of English. 


Live storytelling is a spontaneous creative process which fires the imagination. The listener experiences and participates in the story...


Rather like Austen’s most famous novel, this book’s title immediately lets us know that it’s a story about emotion and reason, ethics...


Have you ever considered why a learner (even an advanced one) can hear a difficult English word or phrase literally thousands of times...


English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or ...

Six types of task for TBL - methodology article - guest writers

This is the second in a series of four articles which will explore how to integrate a task-based approach into a typical textbook to...

Taboo in the classroom - methodology article

In this article I will review the arguments for and against teaching taboo language and using taboo subjects, then look at some...


Many newly qualified or inexperienced teachers tend to base their lesson planning on the traditional PPP approach (Presentation,...

Teaching exam-based writing skills - methodology article

Getting students to participate in writing activities in class can be an arduous task. Despite our best efforts as teachers to make the...

Teaching pronunciation with phonemic symbols - pronunciation article

Phonemic symbols represent the sounds of the English language. 

Teaching speaking skills 1 - speaking article

'I can understand my teacher's English, but when I speak to 'real people' I can't understand them'. This is a comment I'm sure many...


If you only learn or teach one phoneme, make sure it's the most common English sound - the schwa.