In this section, you will find a number of blog posts, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Understanding learners'. From primary-aged students to retired learners, the articles you will find here are practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your teaching and planning for all kinds of classrooms.

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One of my favourite lessons to do, either with new or established students is one that is called ‘Lost’, I don’t suppose that this is...

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Throughout my language teaching career - and you’ve no doubt encountered the same issue - deciding how to plan activities has been at...

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When adults talk about adolescents, it seems at times that they mean some species that are totally different from human beings.

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I used to think what I say in class about learning outside class makes a lot of difference.

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For a few years now I've been experimenting with sharing lesson summaries with my classes and here I'd like to share a summary...

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On writing this post, I thought of starting reflecting on my personal experience by applying the Thinking Routine: See-Think-Wonder.

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As with most good teaching practice, using activities to promote a student's confidence is a simple matter of common sense.

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I had never thought of using computer games in a young learner class until at the end of a powerpoint activity in the computer room one...

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An introduction… challenge for young adults

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The Latin root of the word motivation means "that which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way."

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In this post, Larry Ferlazzo looks at activities that can help to raise awareness among students of the concept of metacognition.

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Continuing with the new academic year theme, we want to know what activities you've used or are planning to use in your first few...

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In my experience, there are only a few reasons for conducting one-to-one lessons.

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As a YL teacher, I think we tend to neglect the communicative needs of our kids.

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Do you teach young learners in an academy or in the public sector?

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In all the years I've been teaching I must have written thousands of reports.

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What are your top 5 tips for teaching teenagers?

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Five jobs you need to know if you teach teenagers

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Teenagers are often described as an unwelcome bunch of learners that pose multiple difficulties to teachers.