Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a...

Can I hear you tutting? "Picturebooks for all? But aren't picturebooks for babies and small children?"

There are some...

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

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

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

Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History...

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

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

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

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...

In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

The first time I saw Cuisenaire rods being used in the language classroom I had no idea how much fun they could be.

This is the second of Fitch O'Connell's two articles for the site as Guest Writer. You can find the ...

Have you ever noticed children listening to a story so attentively that the classroom is completely quiet? Or have you ever noticed...

I consider the greatest problem facing me as a language teacher is knowing how to motivate my students: how to get them past the hurdle...

Portfolios are a popular and effective way of motivating young learners, providing a fun way to review language and helping them to...

Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. These days I am especially interested in facilitating students'...

There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners...

Do you have a blackboard, a whiteboard or an IWB? Whatever type of board you have in your classroom it is important to be organised and...

Here is Gavin Dudeney's second exclusive article for TeachingEnglish.

The web is a limitless source of linguistic examples for your students. Google (and other search engines) can be used to organise and...

I’m a big fan of social media. Facebook, Twitter, blogging platforms and other ‘web 2.0’ sites offer users the ability to publish their...

Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an...

Teaching with minimal resources can seem a daunting prospect for those of us lucky enough to work with coursebooks, photocopiers, audio...

Shakespeare is without a doubt the most famous British poet and playwright that has ever lived. However, his work is often avoided by...

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Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a...

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Can I hear you tutting? "Picturebooks for all? But aren't picturebooks for babies and small children?"

There are some...

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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...

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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...

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Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History...

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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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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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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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In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

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The first time I saw Cuisenaire rods being used in the language classroom I had no idea how much fun they could be.

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This is the second of Fitch O'Connell's two articles for the site as Guest Writer. You can find the ...

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Have you ever noticed children listening to a story so attentively that the classroom is completely quiet? Or have you ever noticed...

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I consider the greatest problem facing me as a language teacher is knowing how to motivate my students: how to get them past the hurdle...

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Portfolios are a popular and effective way of motivating young learners, providing a fun way to review language and helping them to...

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Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. These days I am especially interested in facilitating students'...

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There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners...

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Do you have a blackboard, a whiteboard or an IWB? Whatever type of board you have in your classroom it is important to be organised and...

Personal Learning Networks - resources article - guest writers
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Here is Gavin Dudeney's second exclusive article for TeachingEnglish.

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The web is a limitless source of linguistic examples for your students. Google (and other search engines) can be used to organise and...

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I’m a big fan of social media. Facebook, Twitter, blogging platforms and other ‘web 2.0’ sites offer users the ability to publish their...

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Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an...

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Teaching with minimal resources can seem a daunting prospect for those of us lucky enough to work with coursebooks, photocopiers, audio...

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Shakespeare is without a doubt the most famous British poet and playwright that has ever lived. However, his work is often avoided by...

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  •  What's wrong with using a coursebook?A topic-based syllabusStructuring the courseNeeds analysisSet short-term objectivesRemedial grammarError correctionVarietyConclusion 
  • There are picturebooks created with an older audience in mind; they often work on many levels, satisfying both younger and older readers, their humour can be rip-roaring their underlying messages appreciated on multiple levels and in different ways...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • By short videos I am referring to short clips such as news items, short documentaries, music videos and trailers for films etc. Using a clip Advantages of using video clips Possible problems Choosing a clip Exploiting a clip ConclusionUsing a...
  • Since then I've used them in both adult and young learner classrooms where they have always been received with enthusiasm.  In his book 'Teaching and Learning Languages' (1988) Stevick describes them as: "wooden or plastic blocks one square...
  • Where the 'magic' liesStories provide shared contexts for rich, natural language development from a very young age, and throughout the primary years. The 'magic' lies in the way stories potentially engage children's hearts and minds, as people and...
  • Over the last years I’ve gradually developed a working method that seems, at least, to tackle the problem. It’s based on using web publishing resources for creating tasks which are relevant to students and that produce tangible results.Case studyThe...
  • A brief history of European Language PortfoliosWhat are Language Portfolios?Advantages of using themThe problems with Language PortfoliosUsing Language Portfolios with young learnersA brief history of European Language PortfoliosTeachers and...
  • The activities I describe are adapted easily to different level groups and types of courses and are even suited to those students who have a less developed musical intelligence.
  • Counselling involves talking through their strengths and weaknesses. It is an interactive process in which they are able to say how they feel about their learning, the course, and their teacher. Why counselling is importantTraditionally, learners...
  • What do they see when they look at your board? In this article we will consider ways of getting the best use out of your board and perhaps give suggestions for exploiting your board in a different way. Board basicsOrganising your boardWhat we can do...
  • I'm fortunate enough to be able to go to quite a few face-to-face conferences every year, generally as a speaker, though I also attend as many sessions as I can at each event - there's always something to learn from any speaker, no matter how...
  • Google is special among search engines in that it has become a starting point for enquiries and data searches of all forms. As most of this data is linguistic, it deserves special attention from language teachers, but until now, search has been...
  • In this article I will be discussing ways that you can use social media in your classes and courses.BlogsA blog (from the term, ‘weblog’) is a self-published, web-based collection of writing and (sometimes) photos. Blogs differ greatly in focus,...
  • There is often very little time to train up the incoming manager, in fact 'One of the major issues in ELT Management is how professionals in this field receive appropriate training and development. Many individuals start their managerial careers...
  • A new start I resigned from my job with the British Council in February 2008 to start an in-service teacher training course in a small town in the North East of Mongolia. For 3 months, I saw more sand storms than I have ever seen in my life. I moved...
  • By being intimidated by the multilevel narrative and the stylised language we are missing out on some exceptional teaching materials. By depriving our EFL teens of Shakespeare we are depriving them of some of the most riveting, contemporary stories...

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