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30 Jul 2014

Homework is a contentious issue in the place and country where I work.

23 Jul 2014

In many parts of the world, learners are coming up to a long summer break.

23 Jul 2014

Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure.

21 Jul 2014

Homework can be stressful – for the students who are often over-burdened, for the teachers who are already up to their necks in marking...

21 Jul 2014

Whether it's at the end of the school year, at the end of term, or just when you feel like taking stock, here's an idea for...

18 Jul 2014

How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ?

Phonemic chart
16 Jul 2014

Back in November, my pre-intermediate students were listening to a coursebook text.

13 Jul 2014

I think that one of the most difficult things with listening activities is actually making them interesting.

12 Jul 2014

Receptive skills - in particular the art of processing listening texts - often hold an important position in curricula.

11 Jul 2014

Homework… should we or shouldn’t we?

Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer
08 Jul 2014

Our school year ended in mid-June and our District had little money for actual summer school.

  • Homework is a contentious issue in the place and country where I work. I have lived and worked in Thailand for 15 years and have had many conversations with parents, teachers, senior teachers and students about the issue. In Thailand, homework is...
  • In many parts of the world, learners are coming up to a long summer break. What can they do during a longer period like this to maintain and develop their English? Apart from the typical ‘read a book’ or ‘Watch films in English’, what tools and...
  • Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure. To begin with, homework is usually loaded with negative connotations. How can we turn homework into an effective language learning opportunity?It is important to...
  • Homework can be stressful – for the students who are often over-burdened, for the teachers who are already up to their necks in marking, and for the parents of young learners, constantly fighting (and losing) homework battles with their children....
  • Whether it's at the end of the school year, at the end of term, or just when you feel like taking stock, here's an idea for using images to review what you've done and look forward to what might come next.First look back through your classes over...
  •  How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ? A learner training moment of reflection on how to take responsibility for their language acquisition.   Quiz me   *Do you need to train your ears for the...
  • Back in November, my pre-intermediate students were listening to a coursebook text. There was an Irish speaker telling a story about his aunt and uncle’s holiday, and most of the students had no idea what he was saying. It wasn’t just his accent...
  • I subscribe to the school that if you are not interested then you won’t be engaged, and if you are not engaged then you don’t learn. So I try to find things that are fun for my students to listen to, and because if it’s fun, it’s also interesting...
  • This is probably due to the quite simple notion that the development of good listening skills, particularly dealing with unknown vocabulary and inferring meaning, needs to be dealt with within a controlled environment i.e. the classroom. Teaching...
  • Homework… should we or shouldn’t we? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? Are we really helping our learners develop their language skills or are we merely complicating their lives? Here are my favourite four arguments for and against...
  • Our school year ended in mid-June and our District had little money for actual summer school. We used to have over one thousand of our students attending for at least six weeks — not because they were failing and had to retake classes, but because...