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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Teaching Unplugged is the term used for a teaching method and philosophy which has three primary aims: teaching through conversation,...

Techniques for priming and recycling - reading article - guest writers
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A four stage methodology for reading.

In Reading for Information, and Form focus and recycling, I have proposed a four stage...

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Say the word ‘grammar’ to teenagers and you might be met by yawns or icy stares. But don’t be daunted – the experience can be positive,...

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What are young British people like these days? What are they into? What do they do at school and in their free time? Where do they live...

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Listening can be tricky for our learners, especially if there aren’t any visual clues to help with the meaning or if there are several...

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We can help our students to become better readers by developing the subskills they need to prepare for the text, decode it and interpret...

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Writing is becoming an increasingly important skill in today’s world.

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The 'Text and Activities' method is the most common approach to using fiction and poetry in the classroom. It is low tech in that all...

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Like all characters in fiction, there are those we can think of as heroes and those we can think of as villains.

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For too long now the verb phrase has been the dominant focus of attention in course books, syllabuses, and teacher training programmes...

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Pride and Prejudice is set in a number of rural settings. For much of her life Jane Austen lived at the family home in Chawton in...

Theories of reading - reading article
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This article is in two parts. The first part will look at some of the shifts and trends in theories relating to reading. The second part...

Theories of reading 2 - reading article
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This article is the second of two parts. The first part looked at some of the shifts and trends in theories relating to reading. This...

Timelines - methodology article
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"I am sorry, I don't understand 'temporary repeated action', and why you have said 'Present consequence of a completed event in the past...

word bubbles different languages
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This article looks at the role of translation as an activity for learners in the ELT classroom.

Using dictation - methodology article
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Dictation has been a feature of language classrooms for hundreds of years. However, for many teachers these days, the word 'dictation'...

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Why should we encourage students to use dictionaries? Dictionaries develop learner autonomy. They are a handy resource for researching...

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Intonation is crucial for communication. It's also a largely unconscious mechanism, and as such, a complex aspect of pronunciation.

Using mind maps to develop writing - writing article
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Mind maps can be used for a multitude of purposes. This article outlines how they can effectively be used to help support and develop...

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You and your students might already enjoy reading and listening to poetry in your own language and perhaps in English too. Poems are,...

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This is the second of Michael Swan's articles for TeachingEnglish, in which he looks at the role of texts in the learning process.

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Text use may seem a dull topic after all the exciting matters that other guest writers have dealt with recently. 

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This article looks at ways to improve your students' abilities to both explore, store and use vocabulary.

Word stress - pronunciation article
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A language learner needs to engage with a word many times, preferably in different ways, in order to really learn it - identifying and...

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Vocabulary is crucial for getting meaning from a written or oral text. Without knowledge of key vocabulary in a text, a learner may have...

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In this article, Wendy Arnold and Rosie Anderson explore ideas around developing writing skills with young learners.

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Hopefully if we start educating learners from a young age they will be more comfortable with phonemic script and see the benefits of it...

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