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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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09 Sep 2021

We approach the start of the upcoming academic year with renewed uncertainty: Will we be able to study face-to-face or will studies...

16 Mar 2021

When we return to school, there will be lots of things I think I will do differently. 

24 Nov 2019

Give teens an opportunity to talk (preferably about themselves), use digital technology and make choices and motivation is suddenly not...

19 Nov 2019

Sandy Millin gives five tips for teaching very low-level learners of English

17 May 2019

Knowledge is power!

29 Apr 2018

‘Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it’ Dwight D. Eisenhower

15 Dec 2017

I have taught ESL/EFL to adults and children and every class I have taught has provided me with opportunities to understand their...

05 May 2017

Just over a year ago, I asked my friends on Facebook for some advice. I had a new job, and I needed some guidance.

04 Aug 2016

When I first started teaching I was under the fairy-tale like impression that if I did my best I would magically make all my students...

30 Dec 2015

This month’s TeachingEnglish blog topic is motivation. And in particular motivating teens.

30 Dec 2015

Extensive research has shown that a scaffolded and supported goal setting process, particularly one where students choose their own...

15 Dec 2015

It’s not always easy to know what motivates our students, so, for this post on motivation, I thought I would look at what motivates me...

30 Oct 2015

‘Gamification’ is a term that has indeed been around for a few years now. Yet, like many terms and buzzwords it seems to mean different...

27 Oct 2015

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

02 Jun 2015

Many teachers will say personalisation is important, but what do we mean by a 'personalised lesson' or 'personalising the learning...

23 Mar 2015

Learners’ writings are one of the best raw materials any teacher can have.

18 Dec 2014

All of us teach mixed ability/multiple level classes.

29 Sep 2014

Starting this academic year in a new teaching role at a new school gave me plenty of time to stop and consider that opening ‘get to know...

23 Sep 2014

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

18 Sep 2014

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...

18 Sep 2014

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 from a...

15 Sep 2014

An introduction… challenge for young adults

15 Sep 2014

When I first learnt French at school, aged about 9 or 10, the teacher insisted on giving us all French names.

30 Jul 2014

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

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...

11 Jul 2014

Homework… should we or shouldn’t we?

29 May 2014

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

11 May 2014

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

30 Apr 2014

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