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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?

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      Humour in the classroom
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      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.

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      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
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      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.

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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?

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      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.

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      How to draw cats, dogs and birds

      Do you teach young learners? Do you have to draw cats, dogs or birds on the board? Paul Millard from the British Council in Vietnam shows you how to draw them quickly and easily in this video tip.

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      How to draw animals

      Do you teach young learners? Do you often have to draw animals on the board? In this video, Paul Millard from the British Council in Vietnam provides drawing tips to help you improve your artistic skills!

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      Using songs in the classroom

      Do you use songs in your lessons? How? Watch how Seema uses them and then share your ideas below!

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      Learning phonemic symbols

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

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      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.

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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 secretarys and take notes on what they discuss and any opinions people in the groups have or decisions they make.

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      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..

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      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.

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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?

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      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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      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?

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      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..

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      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.

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      Babbi
      Canada

      I was teaching them novel reading with differentiated instruction but the group of 12 was...
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      missjrowe
      United Kingdom (Great Britain)

      I agree, humour is something that cannot necessarily be learnt. Observing lessons, I have found...
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      Khuraman Safarova
      Azerbaijan

      I like your drawing. How fast you are! But I can't.


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