Read an overview of the elements included in the professional practice 'Knowing the subject'

Resources for Knowing the subject

15 January, 2016
In this article, Wendy Arnold and Rosie Anderson explore ideas around developing writing skills with young learners.
15 January, 2016
In this article, Wendy Arnold and Fiona Malcolm explore why we need to develop reading skills with young learners and offer tips and advice on how we can do it.
15 January, 2014
Writing is becoming an increasingly important skill in today’s world.
31 December, 2011
In this article I will briefly focus on how I try to develop listening skills with our young learners who are learning English as an additional language.
14 September, 2011
English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or Myspace. Sitcoms are an excellent classroom resource for a number...
3 May, 2011
The emergence of so many different kinds (or 'varieties') of international English has caused a number of linguists to question the use of native speaker pronunciation models in the teaching of...
30 March, 2011
Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a coursebook can sometimes be difficult for a new or even experienced...
4 January, 2011
How do you teach English pronunciation? One area often problematic for learners is stress timing. Watch Rachael below, using chants and rounds to help her learners.
23 March, 2019
This book reports the results of the monitoring and evaluation of an innovative English Language Teaching training programme run by the Venezuelan Education Ministry with the support of the British...
23 February, 2018
This research study used eyetracking methods to investigate how adults and young learners process readings which combine text, audio and pictures.
7 March, 2017
In this talk, Scott Thornbury looks at some of the basic principles of learning and education.
30 September, 2014
Using audio with text is the easiest extension from just using text. In its most effective form this consists of a recording being made of someone reading the narrative or poem. The recording might...
29 September, 2014
The 'Text and Activities' method is the most common approach to using fiction and poetry in the classroom. It is low tech in that all we really need are words on a page, but that conceals a problem...
27 September, 2014
Let us be sure about what we are talking about here. This is not an article examining films that have been made from books or their less common cousins, books made from films. That is another story...
14 July, 2014
What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that students need to immerse themselves in the language: listen to...
26 March, 2014
Teaching Unplugged is the term used for a teaching method and philosophy which has three primary aims: teaching through conversation, taking out external input such as course book and technology and...
26 March, 2014
Neither strict dogmeticians nor techno evangelists, we are simply teachers who appreciate both a good Dogme moment and easy-to-use technology that makes our job easier and the learners more...
27 February, 2014
The work of Dylan Thomas is meaningful for us in a range of ways. In working with the English language, the writing of Dylan Thomas not only moves us emotionally and intellectually, but it also has...
27 February, 2014
Dylan Thomas once noted, late in his all-too-brief life, that “A good poem is a contribution to reality.” Throughout his literary career he repeatedly made that contribution, and not only with poetry...
27 February, 2014
Dylan Thomas began his now globally recognised career by writing poems. His poetry was published from 1936 until his death in 1953. A number of these have become known around the world, notably Fern...
6 February, 2014
Recorded in February, this webinar looks at the topic of learner autonomy and suggests practical methods that we can use to encourage our learners to move towards being genuinely autonomous outside...
15 January, 2014
We can help our students to become better readers by developing the subskills they need to prepare for the text, decode it and interpret it. 
15 January, 2014
Listening can be tricky for our learners, especially if there aren’t any visual clues to help with the meaning or if there are several speakers, background noises or different accents to contend with...
8 November, 2013
Theme: Practising writing for exams can be challenging for many students and it is often difficult for teachers to find ways to make writing practice motivating and worthwhile. This webinar...
23 September, 2013
Encouraging learners to explore the language through creative activities in class is not as difficult as it may at first appear. This webinar will firstly look at the barriers to creativity, then how...

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