A whole alphabet of plan Bs

Perhaps there is no WIFI, the computers don't work, the photocopier is broken, there is a power cut, the number of students in the classroom is unexpected, the activity you had prepared for the whole hour finishes in just thirty minutes or the other way around, the activity you had prepared for twenty minutes goes on for the whole hour…and so on.

So yes, we do need a whole alphabet of backup plans for our lessons:

A for adaptation. This is the most important of all. Every activity should be able to be adapted on the go.

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Teaching very low-level learners

When you don't share a common language with your students, it can seem very challenging to work with very low-level students. However, it can also be incredibly rewarding as this is the level when you can see the most progress in your students over the time that you work with them. Here are 5 things to remember to help you have PRIDE in your teaching.

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Steps to unlock the challenges of reading and writing in second language

Written by S.Akilandeswari

Reading will definitely improve vocabulary, expressions and perhaps the correct use of language, but it is not everybody’s cup of tea. As English language teachers, we need to create the atmosphere for reading. Our students mostly do what we do. Let them see us reading, especially reading for pleasure.

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Milica Vukadin - Online Professional Development - Experiences, Quality and Current Opportunities

Written by Milica Vukadin, B.Ed

What is the reason behind that? Read on for some advice and links to current online PD opportunities. 

I need to start this post by being honest - I am not pleased with the overall quality of professional development in my country and the educational system in general. This is probably the most important reason why I decided to search for online professional development opportunities.

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Motivated teachers, motivated learners

Written by Rossana Quiroz, M.A.

In order to answer this question, I think it is important to reflect on two things: what motivated us to learn a foreign language and what motivates us to teach it? This reflection helps us understand the challenges our students face and gives us the tools to deliver meaningful lessons so our students can improve their motivation and language skills.

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What about writing stories to each other? A writing and reading project in ten steps

Written by Ingrid Mosquera, PhD.

Writing is difficult, we have talked about it in the past. Perhaps we could try to meld writing and reading into just one proposal. I present a project that can be adapted for different ages, combining reading and writing.

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