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Making Vocabulary Learning Permanent

Teaching vocabulary is a really fun aspect of teaching English. Many English teachers have several effective methods to teach new vocabulary. But it is still one of the most difficult pieces. Particularly keeping track of how well students remember what they've studied and how well they use new vocabulary. What is the most powerful method of teaching vocabulary such that students do not feel as if they have forgotten all the terms immediately after the exam? There isn't any one magical way to do it, of course. So I strive in certain respects to inspire you.

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Book Reading included in our lessons? Why not?

So this year I was particularly happy that my students are taking an exam that actually requires reading a book and talking / writing about it.  I knew that they were not going to read it themselves and of course I was not going to write the summary and the characters' description all by myself, so I decided to devote 15- 20 minutes in each lesson to read a chapter, stopping in some points and asking my students what would happen next and talk about the characters.  My students in return had to write a small summary as homework.

What did I gain from that?

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Does your language define who you are?

I was not quite Spanish nor totally Irish, and yet, I was never able to get rid of that feeling of homesickness whichever of the two countries I was in. 

I believe my two languages really define who I was as a child, and who I became as an adult, as language comes with a whole set of values, beliefs and a history of its own. Language is culture.

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Milica Vukadin - Environmental Education and Activism with Young Learners vs. Eco-anxiety: 5 Stages

Written by: Milica Vukadin

You finally found time and a little bit of space in your already packed curriculum to add some activities related to environmental issues or any other global issues, but something doesn't feel right. Your feelings are completely valid: the whole concept of global issues is pretty grim. There is nothing happy about people lacking drinking water and a roof over their heads in 2021.

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Restarting, Coming Soon!

Parents and teachers had a difficult year in 2020, but students had a particularly difficult year. They worked hard to adapt to the digital school environment, which required them to change their lifestyles and habits. However, the time to return to school is approaching. Many countries have already started physical classes. So, what can we do to ensure a smooth transition after a year and a positive environment in our classrooms? In this blog post, I'll offer some advice on the topic.

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The New Normal

As a teacher trainer and author, I have been teaching and writing about ICT in Education since the mid-1990’s. In recent years, I have mostly dealt with adults, plus numerous official and unofficial consultations, seminars, demonstrations, projects for students of all ages and levels. In a way the sudden switch to online existence a year ago was not a shock. I spent more time and effort on helping those colleagues who did not use ICT in their classrooms much, or maybe even at all, previously.

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