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Featured blog posts April - June 2021

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Read a selection of practical blog posts from our most recent topics

Below you can find a range of practical and engaging posts written by our TeachingEnglish bloggers between April and June 2021. Topics covered include:

  • Language and how it defines our identity
  • Teaching reading skills in the face to face and online calss
  • Maximising speaking opportunities
  • Building vocabulary

Take a look at the posts below and add your comments to keep the conversation going. You can also see the latest blog topics here.

Book Reading Included in our lessons? Why not? | Theodora Papapanagiotou

I have always liked reading... But during the actual lesson? Some teachers consider it a waste of time, mainly because it does not belong to the material needed to work towards an exam! Read more

Let's speak up: Engaging Young learners with (8) chit-chat activities | Milica Vukadin

Engaging young learners seems to be a neverending topic and we are always in a constant search for effective activities that will practice all four skills. Keep reading to explore some activities designed to promote chit-chat in the classroom without putting pressure on young learners to speak... Read more

Word Wall – an excellent vocabulary building technique | S. Akilandeswari

There are many time tested techniques to help students expand their vocabulary trove. Some of them are – learn 5 new words every day and use them regularly, read, read and read, keep a thesaurus and dictionary handy, use mnemonics, picture association, and so on.  These techniques may work but they are slow and steady process...Read more

Finding the Unusual in the Usual | Nina Koptyug

We can use any familiar objects in an unfamiliar way to make our lesson more attractive and easier to remember. There are a number of simple exercises aimed at expanding and solidifying your students’ vocabulary which I found very useful. Most of them work well with any age and level; you just have to trust your own ability for trial and error, and for distinguishing between the “right” and “wrong” activities for your class. Read more

Read more posts by Nina Koptyug: Reading means loving, The proof of the pudding

A Journey of Learning: Reading | Ozguozturk

In our daily lives, we come across a wide range of texts for reading such as some stories, academic or newspaper articles, reports, emails, notifications and messages. And we all have different reasons for reading these texts to enjoy, to communicate, or to get some new information. And this affects the way we teach... Read more

Read more posts by Ozguozturk: Making Vocabulary Learning Permanent, To Speak or Not to Speak

Maximising speaking opportunities | Madhu Tiwari

With remote teaching maximising speaking opportunities can be particularly difficult where the sessions are more teacher led and teacher talking time is increased. Read more

Transforming online classrooms to maximise speaking | Sajit M Mathews

Whether we like it or not, online classrooms are here to stay. We teachers can transform online classes into active and lively spaces if we understand the platform well. Read more

Reading Class: "The Rhythm Matters" | S. Asma

What is rhythm in the Reading journey?  How can it affect readers and their varied pace? Rhythm is the flow in the learning process... Read more

Read more posts by S. Asma: The significant 5 R's in Vocabulary Teaching