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Resources for Knowing the subject

19 January, 2012
You and your students might already enjoy reading and listening to poetry in your own language and perhaps in English too. Poems are, after all, authentic texts.
15 December, 2011
This article looks at ways to improve your students' abilities to both explore, store and use vocabulary.
22 November, 2011
This article discusses how much attention language teachers should pay to vocabulary acquisition research, particularly with regard to repeated encounters with lexical items.
9 November, 2011
As a teacher I had always perceived 'reading aloud' as a 'taboo' in the EFL classroom since it focuses specifically on a 'bottom-up' approach where learners can fall into traps of worrying about 100...
2 November, 2011
In this article, informed by the Lexical Approach, I reflect on grammar instruction in the classroom, including my own teaching, and make suggestions on how it can be 'lexicalised'.
30 August, 2011
Why not use the activities on LearnEnglish Kids for listening practice with your young learners?
23 August, 2011
Teachers often disagree on whether or not to use the phonemic chart in their lessons. Watch Peter and Clare argue for and against, then why not tell us what you think.
23 August, 2011
Pronunciation work has traditionally taken a secondary role in language teaching to work on grammar and more recently lexis.
28 June, 2011
Live storytelling is a spontaneous creative process which fires the imagination. The listener experiences and participates in the story creatively. If the storyteller allows, the listener can have a...
21 March, 2011
Date: 21 February 2012Theme: Most people think of a language as having four main skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Good performance in any of these skills, however is dependent on...
15 March, 2011
Date: 15 March 2012Theme: Lexical Chunking is a way of thinking about language which puts lexis in the centre of our attention rather than grammar. New ways of collecting data such as computer...
1 February, 2011
This is the second of Michael Swan's articles for TeachingEnglish, in which he looks at the role of texts in the learning process.
Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers
20 October, 2010
I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the central arena of language work. But sometimes teachers say they...
Pronunciation - the poor relation? - pronunciation article - guest writers
28 September, 2010
The point I want to make is that pronunciation teaching has been neglected and that we have all lost out through this. 
10 August, 2010
Here are some ideas for practising speaking in class with young learners.
15 July, 2010
Introducing and practising vocabulary in class can be done in a variety of enjoyable and motivating ways. It’s also important for learners to effectively record vocabulary, as well as to recycle...
5 May, 2010
How do you teach language to teenagers? There are lots of different ways - here are some suggestions from us.
Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us. - reading article - guest writers
8 December, 2009
In this, the first of two articles for TeachingEnglish, Alan Maley considers the benefits extensive reading can bring to English language learners and teachers.
18 November, 2009
As part of the British Council’s 75th anniversary celebrations, a number of publications are being re-launched online, previously only available in print.
Dogme: nothing if not critical - methodology article - guest writers
10 June, 2009
This is Scott Thornbury's second article for TeachingEnglish.
Methods, post-method, and métodos - methodology article - guest writers
27 May, 2009
This is the first of two articles by Scott Thornbury for TeachingEnglish.'A language teaching method is a single set of procedures which teachers are to follow in the classroom. Methods are usually...
word bubbles different languages
25 March, 2009
This article looks at the role of translation as an activity for learners in the ELT classroom.
2 March, 2009
If you only learn or teach one phoneme, make sure it's the most common English sound - the schwa.
Presenting business vocabulary to beginners - speaking article
12 November, 2008
Pre-selecting, grading and presenting business vocabulary - Is this the way forward? Traditionally curriculum developers and materials writers have assumed it would be worthwhile to make a selection...
How useful are comprehension questions? - reading article - guest writers
2 November, 2008
You may well ask me “How useful is the question in this title?” After all to check what a student has understood after listening to or reading an L2 text seems plain common sense. If it were not felt...