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What are podcasts, why might your students benefit from listening to them, and how might you go about using and producing them?

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In this article I would like to highlight the value of using story books in a Young Learner classroom. I will look at its strengths and...

Concordancers in ELT - resources article
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Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the power and abilities of computers to digitise, store and analyse text.

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This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool.

Webquests - resources article
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As more students gain access to the Internet, there is growing pressure on teachers to help their students use this valuable resource as...

Using authentic materials - resources article
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Using authentic materials is one of the mainstays of an imaginative and motivating higher level course, but rarely features at levels...

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Flash cards are a simple, versatile, yet often underexploited resource. I would like to offer some reasons for using flash cards and a...

The not-so-hidden resource - students - resources article
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Every classroom has them, and every teacher has no doubt used them at some time in their career. Many teachers have no doubt cursed them...

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This is the second part of a two-part article where Theresa Zanatta shows us how parents can be encouraged to create opportunities for...

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This is the first part of a two-part article where Theresa Zanatta shows us how parents can be encouraged to create opportunities for...

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This second article concentrates on classroom activities. The way the video is used and the materials prepared for use with the video...

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This first article will give an introduction to some of the issues surrounding video with young learners. It will discuss the benefits...

Motivation and e-learning - personal reflections - resources article
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E-learning sites range from static Web pages to interactive learning classrooms. This article concentrates on interactive learning...

Low-tech learners - resources article
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Many teachers who have tried to take an English class onto the internet have often come back with a similar problem - students who are...

ICT, vocabulary and motivation - resources article
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These days, using information and computer technology (ICT) really motivates students. This article looks at practical examples that...

Using the internet 2 - resources article
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In this, and an earlier article, we look at the internet and how it can be used by teachers of English as a tool for their own...

Using the internet 1 - resources article
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In this, and a following article, we'll be looking at the internet and how it can be used by teachers of English as a tool for their own...

English Learning Circles - a path to learner independence - resources article
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Getting students to use English with each other is a problem which is often difficult to overcome. Learning Circles are one way to help...

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Not all self-access ideas need to cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas for how you might develop resources in your school.

Self-access: A framework for diversity - resources article
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What is a self-access centre, why might your students benefit from using one, and how might you go about setting one up in your school...

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  • This has enabled linguists to create and analyse huge corpora (collections of authentic language text) and to reassess the assumed rules regarding the way we use language and especially words. With the spread of the Internet, these corpora are now...
  • It gives an overview of blogging websites, suggests why you might want to use them, and gives some practical advice on setting up blogs for use with your own classes.
  • Webquests are just one way in which teachers can help. Defining a webquest Reasons for using webquests Structure of a webquest Producing a webquest Implementing a webquest Conclusion Defining a webquest Bernie Dodge of San Diego State University was...
  • There are several reasons for this, primarily a kind of fear that students will panic when faced with language that is largely unfamiliar, and a feeling that to prevent this the language should be edited to the students' level. This is an...
  • Indeed one colleague of mine once said that "teaching would be great if it wasn't for the students." Joking aside, students can be an invaluable resource, and for some perhaps the only resource. But how can we tap into this resource and use it...
  • In this article there is one example for each type of activity. If you follow this link - Using flash cards - you will find more examples for each type of activity.
  • [Families today take many different shapes and forms. In many instances, biological parents are not always children's primary caregivers. In this article, the words 'families' and 'parents' are used in the inclusive sense to refer to the group of...
  • [Families today take many different shapes and forms. In many instances, biological parents are not always children's primary caregivers. In this article, the words 'families' and 'parents' are used in the inclusive sense to refer to the group of...
  • Issues such as this are discussed in Video and young learners 1.Current thinking on video in the classroom advocates an integrated approach, not simply using the video in isolation but within a sequence of tasks: Pre-viewing, while viewing and post...
  • Some ideas for the kinds of video suitable for young learners are also given.The second article Video and young learners 2 will take a look at pre-viewing, while-viewing and post-viewing video activities and will be supported by three lesson plans...
  • Self-directed learning on the internet is becoming increasingly popular and it is one other way to encourage our students to practise their language outside the classroom, or it is a vital resource for the student who cannot get to a classroom.
  • But how can we get around this? Why are students reluctant? Introducing the language Switching on Keep practising  
  • These real examples demonstrate the quality of work that can be achieved through the use of the internet and other technology in the language classroom. The memory problem Preparation for ICT vocabulary work Autonomous ICT vocabulary work - the...
  • We look at the advantages of using the web, covering some of the problems and providing a few suggestions for dealing with those difficulties. This article looks specifically at using the internet as a materials resource and how to prepare for and...
  • We'll be looking at the advantages of using the web, covering some of the problems and providing a few suggestions for dealing with those difficulties. This article looks specifically at searching the internet, online teacher development and using...
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  •   What are Learning Circles? What are the principles underpinning successful English Learning Circles How do you set up a Learning Circle?  
  •  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...

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