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Tips

Watch teachers in the classroom and out in our Tips series of videos. You will find new videos regularly added with new ideas and issues for you to consider. Why not watch a video and tell us what you think?

Teacher talk - Building and retaining vocabulary

Teacher talk is a series of videos featuring some of our TeachingEnglish Associates speaking about important teaching issues.

In this video, the theme is building and retaining vocabulary. Adam Simpson, Lizzie Pinard, Rachael Roberts and George Chilton give practical ideas on the ways we can help our learners build their range of vocabulary and more importantly find ways to retain it. Throughout this video, they provide a number of useful activities that can be used to help students in this area.

Teacher talk - Encouraging speaking

Teacher talk is a new series of videos featuring some of our TeachingEnglish Associates speaking about important teaching issues.

In this video, the theme is encouraging speaking. Adam Simpson, Lizzie Pinard, Rachael Roberts and George Chilton give practical ideas on establishing why students are reluctant to use English. They then provide a number of fun and useful activities that can be used to encourage them to speak more in English.

Teacher talk - Motivating students

Teacher talk is a new series of videos featuring some of our TeachingEnglish Associates speaking about important teaching issues.

In this video, the theme is student motivation. Watch David Petrie, Adam Simpson, Lizzie Pinard, Chia Suan Chong, Anthony Gaughan, David Dodgson and Rachael Roberts discuss areas such as establishing learning objectives, giving activities a meaningful purpose, students' inherent motivation, varying activities and giving students a choice.

First class with very young learners

In our latest tip, Winnie Pang demonstrates several activities that can be used with 5 year-old children who are in their first English class of the year. Winnie looks at establishing classroom routines, dealing with the issues that exist in first classes and also looks at successful ways to introduce phonics to this age group.

Humour in the classroom

Humour in the classroom

Our latest teaching tip looks at how using humour in the classroom can help with classroom management as well as create a warm atmosphere and help relax students.

Watch Dale demonstrating some simple techniques for introducing elements of humour with a likes and dislikes activity and discussing his ideas.

Game-based learning

Online game-based learning has risen in popularity recently, but there is still some debate about how effective it is as a learning tool. Our latest tip, with David Gatrell, explores this area and demonstrates how it can provide opportunities for language learning and motivation.

classroom management teaching tip

Classroom management

For most teachers of young learners, classroom management is a big issue. Our latest teaching tip with David Rixon looks more closely at this topic and offers practical advice on how best to manage classes of YL students.

Assessment

Our latest tip looks at several of the important issues surrounding testing and assessment. Listen to Clare and Alister discuss their ideas and opinions about how best to assess learners of English. After watching the video, why not give your opinion in the comments box below, or write a blogpost on the site?

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Group secretary

To motivate everyone to take part in a group discussion and listen to each other, I sometimes ask them all to be secretaries and take notes on what they discuss and any opinions people in the groups have or decisions they make.

Vocabulary in everyday life

To try and make learning words a reaL "LIFE" situation, I ask pupils to keep a list of all the words they encountered in the previous week.

Celebrity interview

I am an English trainer at Whitefield Academy, and I tried one activity which became an exercise for fluency. I have ten students in each class so I make students, taking it in turns, be a "Celebrity": an actor, sportsperson, a singer etc..

Learning phonemic symbols

Remember that all activities for learning phonemic symbols must involve 'listen, look and say'.

Getting to know new coursebooks

I find it is always worth taking time to explore a new coursebook when we start working with it so I sometimes take a whole class to do this and prepare a variety of activities for my learners including quizzes and mini-presentations on features of the new material.

Choral drills

I am always reluctant to use choral drills in my classes to practise spoken language but my learners’ reactions always prove me wrong.

Speaking strings

This tip is for a game which is really useful for getting shy students to speak. It can also be a fun way to practise extended speaking for exams, and requires very little preparation indeed.

Avoiding terminology

Coursebooks and supplementary materials use a lot of grammar terminology but I try to be cautious about what I use in the class. For example, my learners get confused by the ‘present simple’ which doesn’t just refer to the present.

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Assessment

Our latest tip looks at several of the important issues surrounding testing and assessment. Listen to Clare and Alister discuss their ideas and opinions about how best to assess learners of English. After watching the video, why not give your opinion in the comments box below, or write a blogpost on the site?

Avoiding terminology

Coursebooks and supplementary materials use a lot of grammar terminology but I try to be cautious about what I use in the class. For example, my learners get confused by the ‘present simple’ which doesn’t just refer to the present.

Being a teacher

The latest in our series of video tips is about being a teacher. What's important to you as a teacher? How do your students see you?

Celebrity interview

I am an English trainer at Whitefield Academy, and I tried one activity which became an exercise for fluency. I have ten students in each class so I make students, taking it in turns, be a "Celebrity": an actor, sportsperson, a singer etc..

Choral drills

I am always reluctant to use choral drills in my classes to practise spoken language but my learners’ reactions always prove me wrong.

classroom management teaching tip

Classroom management

For most teachers of young learners, classroom management is a big issue. Our latest teaching tip with David Rixon looks more closely at this topic and offers practical advice on how best to manage classes of YL students.

Critical thinking

Our latest tip looks at ‘Critical thinking’. Watch Alister using the map of the world with his young learner class to encourage greater critical thinking in language learning.

Developing student autonomy

Teaching English to high school students in regular classes and as a facilitator in a self-access centre within the same institution has led to some experimentation on promoting autonomy in the classroom.

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