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  • 'Have you ever been to Moscow?'Look! ‘Have you… Have you…’And there’s more! ‘Have you ever been to Istanbul?’ Yes, Istanbul! Can’t get much more personalised than that!A few years ago I attended a conference in and a coursebook author was on stage...
  • Do you ban the use of phones in the class or embrace the technology? How can you use the smart phone as a tool for teaching and learning? I’m an English teacher from Sao Paulo, Brazil and I’d like to share with fellow colleagues from all over the...
  • The final state exams are compulsory. During the academic year, various kinds of tests are in place, to assess students’ progress in all the traditional skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as grammar. They are all...
  • This has several practical advantages; the more grades a student gets throughout the term, the more objective the final evaluation is likely to be. Also, if a student does not do very well in one test, she knows she will be given many other chances...
  • Quite often, the situation may differ significantly when several children have cell phones and one pupil from an affluent family possesses a smart phone or an iPad which naturally they are happy to demonstrate to the class and the teachers. Needless...
  • If we rail against their use in the classroom, all that is likely to happen is our students will feel like we don’t really understand where they’re coming from, and we will harm the rapport we may have built up. Instead, we need to ask ourselves why...
  • Truth be told, there is no such thing as an “average teacher” either. I also believe in personalized approach to teaching: one follows the other. Some of us find it natural to sing and dance at every lesson so to speak, while others will stick to...
  • * Teacher’s Books. When I started working at school after ten years as a university lecturer/instructor, I did not know the first thing about teaching children. By an incredible coincidence, Heinemann Publishers representatives came to Siberia...