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I was teaching a monolingual group of 12 teenagers (15-17) at upper-intermediate level who were following a course book. The students...

I began teaching business English in 1980 and have observed over the years huge differences in the way we teach.

In his first article for TeachingEnglish, Pete Sharma considers some of the controversies surrounding the use of technology in and out...

I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the...

This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

This article is in three parts. The first part has already...

This is the third in a series of articles looking at evaluating speaking, focusing on the IELTS speaking test. 

The communicative approach to language learning stresses the need for meaningful communication, emphasising that if students have a...

Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the...

Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging...

Keith Kelly is very well known to many people in the world of CLIL for running the www.factworld....

This is the first of two articles by Gavin Dudeney for TeachingEnglish, during his month on the site as Guest Writer.

People spend a huge chunk of their everyday conversation time talking about themselves and the people they know, so the most natural...

Pre-selecting, grading and presenting business vocabulary - Is this the way forward? 
Traditionally curriculum developers and...

For many people, standing up in public and doing a speech is one of their greatest fears. For many language students in particular, this...

Live storytelling is a spontaneous creative process which fires the imagination. The listener experiences and participates in the story...

In this article I will outline several reasons for using role-play in the classroom and I will offer some tips for getting the most out...

How would your Christmas feel without a Christmas tree or your birthday without a cake? How romantic would your romantic dinner be...

What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?

In this article I would like to give you a few tips and some advice on what I've learned from helping students prepare and deliver...

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Audio exchange project - speaking article
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I was teaching a monolingual group of 12 teenagers (15-17) at upper-intermediate level who were following a course book. The students...

Controversies in Business English - speaking article - guest writers
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I began teaching business English in 1980 and have observed over the years huge differences in the way we teach.

Controversies in using technology in language teaching - speaking article - guest writers
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In his first article for TeachingEnglish, Pete Sharma considers some of the controversies surrounding the use of technology in and out...

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers
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I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the...

Evaluating speaking - speaking article
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This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article
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This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an...

Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test - speaking article
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This is the third in a series of articles looking at evaluating speaking, focusing on the IELTS speaking test. 

Find the gap - increasing speaking in class - speaking article
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The communicative approach to language learning stresses the need for meaningful communication, emphasising that if students have a...

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Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the...

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Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging...

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Keith Kelly is very well known to many people in the world of CLIL for running the www.factworld.info website and factworld@yahoogroups...

On being resourceful... - speaking article - guest writers
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This is the first of two articles by Gavin Dudeney for TeachingEnglish, during his month on the site as Guest Writer.

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People spend a huge chunk of their everyday conversation time talking about themselves and the people they know, so the most natural...

Presenting business vocabulary to beginners - speaking article
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Pre-selecting, grading and presenting business vocabulary - Is this the way forward? Traditionally curriculum developers and materials...

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For many people, standing up in public and doing a speech is one of their greatest fears. For many language students in particular, this...

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Live storytelling is a spontaneous creative process which fires the imagination. The listener experiences and participates in the story...

Role-play - speaking article
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In this article I will outline several reasons for using role-play in the classroom and I will offer some tips for getting the most out...

Speaking aids - speaking article
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How would your Christmas feel without a Christmas tree or your birthday without a cake? How romantic would your romantic dinner be...

Speaking and elementary learners - speaking article
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What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?

Student presentations - speaking article
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In this article I would like to give you a few tips and some advice on what I've learned from helping students prepare and deliver...

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  • Why it's important Long-term and short-term memoryLanguage fitness & agilityAuthenticityWhy they don't use English Peer pressure Lack of motivation Lack of support How we can get students talking Explain why it's important Confidence tricks...
  • When being told a folk tale orally, a group of listeners can also be offered the added opportunity to be physically and verbally active. In many cultures, overtly active participation in oral storytelling is often associated with young children....
  • Mummy and daddy live in Barcelona but his maternal grandparents and great granddad live in Scotland. As you can probably imagine then, Tomás is currently getting used to the mobile phones, Flip camcorders and other video recording devices that are...
  • For the language teacher, YouTube may be nothing less than one of the best sources of material the classroom has ever seen. In this article, I would like to share 12 clips that I have used in my own classroom. I hope that each clip will be...
  • In this article I’d like to speak to those teachers and offer you a basic method for using the chart, in fact a single core activity that powers up the chart, and from of which multiple other activities can be derived according to what you are doing...
  • I spoke to him recently and got many interesting insights which I have summarised here. You can also listen to and download the full interview here, where you can hear more details and many fascinating anecdotes that I couldn’t fit into this article.
  • What our students bring to the learning environment is our richest resource. But if the lives they lead are to be at the centre of the courses we teach, are we guaranteed that students will talk freely and be interested in what their fellow...
  • In both cases, there are a number of specific skills that we can help our students develop to become better able to contribute effectively to group discussions. Why teach group discussion skills? Types of discussion Useful sub-skills for students...
  • In this article we will look at some ways we can help intermediate level students to overcome the difficulties involved and explore some techniques for making their speeches as impressive as possible. What is public speaking? Why is public speaking...
  • The digital divideOne of the issues I constantly come up against in my work is that of the 'digital divide':'The term digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very...
  • For one business English teacher, life is a cold trudge through the snow to a remote factory on the outskirts of a mining town. Over the year, she learns as much about mining as the students learn about language. For another, the students answer all...
  • 'Interactive whiteboards are great!' 'Interactive whiteboards are expensive!' There are many controversial issues in the area of technology-enhanced language teaching. This article explores some of these areas of disagreement; it concludes by...
  • I doubt if many people would say that learning throughout one’s life is not a good aim to have. However, as far as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) goes, I have always been disheartened to see how some teachers are happy to go on much as...
  • Since then it has been an upward learning curve, and I have picked up and stored away a few tips along the way, which may come in useful for any of you who find yourselves in the same boat. Here, then, are 13 top tips for teachers who become...
  • The previous two parts looked at effective communication and whether different elements needed to be able to do so can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this. In this final part we are going to analyse the International English...
  • Others going by the time-honoured method of PPP (present-practice-produce) would first present the items of vocabulary that are then practised by the learners in controlled activities which would then be finally followed by freer practice, leading...
  • We start by considering which elements of speech can be evaluated, and which cannot - or should not. We then think about what form evaluation can take and how the different ways to evaluate work. In the third part of this article we will analyse a...
  • For example, speakers need to pronounce individual sounds clearly, understand the functions of language, and follow the conventions of turn-taking. The second part of this article looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally,...
  • Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood.Why use...
  • PlanningPreparationRecordingExchangeConclusionPlanningAt that point in the syllabus the topic was Festivals. I decided to encourage them to make a radio programme about festivals and special days in Ukraine. We would send the cassette to other...

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