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Learners are much better at giving each other accurate and sensitive feedback than we suspect, and this activity gives them the...

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In November 2014, at The Image Conference in Córdoba, Spain, we presented a short video called A Visual Manifesto for Language Teaching...

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The purpose of this article is to provide some guidance through the wealth of available materials and support, to provide a platform for...

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Using audio with text is the easiest extension from just using text. In its most effective form this consists of a recording being made...

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The 'Text and Activities' method is the most common approach to using fiction and poetry in the classroom. It is low tech in that all...

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Let us be sure about what we are talking about here. This is not an article examining films that have been made from books or their...

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Manga is a form of graphic novel, with a distinctive style of graphic design, which originated in Japan. People of all ages read manga...

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What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that...

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Like many good stories, the story of our Cup Song starts with a little something which gradually increases and gets much bigger than...

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Teaching Unplugged is the term used for a teaching method and philosophy which has three primary aims: teaching through conversation,...

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Neither strict dogmeticians nor techno evangelists, we are simply teachers who appreciate both a good Dogme moment and easy-to-use...

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Successful CLIL depends on a variety of factors. This paper discusses four factors relevant to successful implementation of CLIL....

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Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History of Video in ELT, given at the Image conference – came about as a...

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English clubs come in many different guises. What they do all have in common, however, is that they provide an opportunity for English...

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They say that every picture tells a story. They are completely wrong. 

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Recently I had the privilege to spend a day with the brilliant teachers and wonderful pupils at the St Christopher Academy Trust...

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In this article, Marie Delaney explores some of the myths surrounding teaching students with Special Educational Needs (SENs) and offers...

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‘How can I teach English to a learner who has difficulty speaking and understanding their own language?’

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Are you interested in building your knowledge in issues around visual impairment? Do you want to have some hints and tips on how to...

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How can I teach English to a learner who seems not to listen properly?

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Assessment is a crucial part of learning. It can be difficult to know how to identify learners with special educational needs (SENs) in...

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We are now living in the age of the moving image. The advent of the digital revolution and the Internet, the proliferation of mobile...

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I can still remember the faces when I suggested a method of dealing with what most teachers of English considered one of their pet...

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‘Our teacher is always stressed. All he does is shout, shout, shout. He needs to calm down, stop taking it out on us’

I often...

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The power of an image often doesn’t lie in the image itself, but in its ability to trigger images and stories in the minds of our...

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Many newly qualified or inexperienced teachers tend to base their lesson planning on the traditional PPP approach (Presentation,...

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This lesson is based on the magazine section on LearnEnglish Teens and involves reading authentic ungraded texts. These blog style...

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This is a recording of Carol Read's live talk in Poland from February 2012.

Digital literacies: What are they and why should we care? - methodology article - guest writers
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In most UK schools new media literacy skills now supplement the more traditional 3 Rs (reading, writing and 'rithmatic). In Australia...

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  • Learners are much better at giving each other accurate and sensitive feedback than we suspect, and this activity gives them the opportunity to demonstrate it.Divide the class into groups of three, composed of Student A, Student B and Student C. If...
  • Why did we make this film?One of the more popular questions we have been getting is why we made the film in the first place. A lot of what we have been experiencing in our own work and in our daily lives made us feel compelled to create something...
  • Click on the headings below to find out more about available materials and support for teachers in each area.
  • And make no mistake, this is an activity that should be done after the student has done some study of the work. It should not be used as an introduction – this would be squandering the opportunity to explore beneath the surface of the words.Poetry...
  •  Finding appropriate textsIt isn’t too difficult to find access to short stories and poetry on-line, especially classics which have passed beyond the copyright date. For example www.world-english.org offers free access to a number of British and...
  • For example there is a certain inspirational zeal that inspires the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to offer a significant prize for the best film based on a poem – the prize is awarded to the filmmaker whose use of verse in film...
  • Graphic novelsWestern countries have adopted the manga tradition in the form of graphic novels which have more recently resulted in the award winning Manga Shakespeare series, produced by the publishers Self Made Hero. Advocates of manga and graphic...
  • There is a lot the teacher can help with but for students to really get ahead, time spent in the classroom is not enough; they need lots of practice outside class too.It is very important for a teacher to consider what students are doing outside...
  • In June 2013, during the end-of-year party, a group of girls performed a cover of the Cup Song in front of all the members of our school. They had been inspired by Anna Kendrick in the film Pitch Perfect which started off an internet craze of 'Cup...
  • The ‘Teaching Unplugged’ or ‘Dogme ELT’ movement has a very strong following amongst teachers.  In fact, the Dogme ELT discussion list, which was originally set up in March 2000 by Scott Thornbury to help bring this style of teaching to the fore,...
  • ConversationConversation is by nature unpredictable because spontaneous questions and real answers will send people off on tangents. Our learners will always come up against the following problems, which technology can help with: I want to say...
  • 1. Management factorsCLIL, like any other current educational reform, can be a victim of the whims of political parties and ministries of education and the time frames within which they work. Moving from teaching a national curriculum area in the...
  • “Follow Me”, the BBC video crash course from the late 70s, is a revealing way to see how video was used in the beginning. The series commonly showed functional language contexts with heavily scripted and rather unnatural dialogue. The purpose of the...
  • Many English Clubs are moderated by English teachers, but this doesn’t necessarily always have to be the case. Student support workers or even students themselves can often make great moderators.The principles of a successful English club:
  • The idea that an image can be conveniently associated with a single narrative contradicts everything that we know about language, semantics, art, philosophy and human beings.To illustrate the idea that every picture does not tell a story, we could...
  • Though this school is not a mainstream ‘regular’ school it very much follows the UK national curriculum. A number of the children go onto further education and the focus is on developing life skills for all whatever the learning challenge using a...
  • ‘I know I have children with special educational needs in my class, I want to help them and we are supposed to promote inclusion, but I really am not sure how to do this’Vera, primary teacher from Spain‘Some of the children in my class are really...
  • As teachers we know that good communication is vital for successful learning, so it is not surprising that this is a worry for English language teachers across the world. Communication skills help children to understand and explain the world around...
  • If the answer to one or all of the above is yes, then this article is definitely for you!For so many teachers the word “blind” may mean that the student sees nothing at all and as a result they may not make the effort to make the teaching...
  • At a recent teacher’s meeting, I asked colleagues how many had learners in their classes who seem to miss part or all of instructions. The response was unanimous; everyone had someone and the conversation soon included descriptions of particular...
  • The comments below highlight some of the problems for teachers when thinking about learners with SENs and assessment. 'I think there is a learner in my class with SEN but I’m not sure, because I don’t know what I should be looking for and I don’t...
  • One very interesting development from all these technological advances has been the renaissance of the short film. Shorts films have traditionally been treated as the poor cousins to feature films at film festivals, but the ability to create and...
  • They had seen promises come and go and mere words weren't going to convince them, which was a shame as it was mere words that we were principally dealing with. Most teachers were unimpressed by the extended reading challenge from the Ministry, and...
  • Schools and teachers are usually very good at thinking about the well-being of their pupils. We consider ourselves to have a duty of care to our pupils. We do not usually think about our own well-being – until it is too late and we are sick. People...
  • The three image types have one thing in common; they need someone to interpret them, to fill the gaps, to pick out the details or to open them out into a bigger picture.The first is close ups. I think close-ups are particularly useful, not for what...
  • It is also usually the best way of covering all the lexical areas and grammar points in the course book or syllabus. All good and well. The problem is that PPP serves the teacher’s needs but it is debatable whether or not it fulfils the needs of the...
  • Topic: Fashion, music and trends in the UKAge: Teenage/ young adultLevel: B2 / Intermediate+Timing: 60 mins+Aims:To develop students’ reading skills, specifically reading authentic textsTo develop students’ speaking skillsTo develop speaking and...
  • Watch the interview with Nicky Hockly talking about digital literacies below. Please feel free to ask any questions or comment on what she says.
  • In February 2012, Carol Read gave a workshop at the British Council in Warsaw. Her talk covered a range of primary issues and she gave a number of invaluable tips about teaching primary students. Watch her talk here.
  • What are digital literacies?An umbrella term for the media literacy skills and digital competences which appear in national curricula, digital literacies refer to our ability to effectively make use of the technologies at our disposal. We are not...

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