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

Resources for Knowing the subject

19 October, 2005
A lot of teachers get the same look - the sigh, the rolling eye, the slump. 'We're going to be doing poetry in the next few classes!' You cringe through it, they cringe through it.
19 October, 2005
I like to bring poetry into the classroom because I believe that it is important and motivating for students to work with authentic texts.
19 August, 2005
It is widely recognized that second language (L2) mental lexicon must be independent of its first language (L1) counterpart, if learners are to use the target language effectively and fluently.
26 July, 2005
Have you ever considered why a learner (even an advanced one) can hear a difficult English word or phrase literally thousands of times and still not use that word in the way that a native speaker...
Extensive reading - reading article
21 July, 2005
In general, students learning to read in English do not like reading and they rarely read. This is partly due to the way reading is approached in the language class.
6 July, 2005
In the first of these two articles, Multi-word verbs: Learner problems, I looked at some of the problems that multi-word verbs cause students.
28 June, 2005
Multi-word verbs are complex and present problems for learners both in terms of their grammatical form and their lexical meaning.
Conveying meaning - methodology article
8 June, 2005
When teaching any language whether it is a word, a phrase or a verb form, at some point it will be essential to convey and check that your students have understood the meaning.
2 May, 2005
For too long now the verb phrase has been the dominant focus of attention in course books, syllabuses, and teacher training programmes.
Concordancers in ELT - resources article
25 April, 2005
Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the power and abilities of computers to digitise, store and analyse text.
Timelines - methodology article
19 April, 2005
"I am sorry, I don't understand 'temporary repeated action', and why you have said 'Present consequence of a completed event in the past at an unspecified time or a state which commenced at a point...
Connected speech 2 - pronunciation article
28 February, 2005
An advanced student of mine speaks both clearly and usually correctly, but can often sound over formal and at times stilted.
Word stress - pronunciation article
21 February, 2005
A language learner needs to engage with a word many times, preferably in different ways, in order to really learn it - identifying and practising word stress can provide one or two of those...
Using mind maps to develop writing - writing article
24 January, 2005
Mind maps can be used for a multitude of purposes. This article outlines how they can effectively be used to help support and develop students' writing skills.
Connected speech - pronunciation article
17 January, 2005
Teaching pronunciation used to involve little more than identifying and practising the sounds of which a language is composed, that is to say, its phonemes.
Delexicalised verbs 2 - vocabulary article
6 December, 2004
In the first part of this article the writer explored the use of delexicalised verbs and the problems they create for our learners. He now goes on to outline some ways in which we can help our...
Delexicalised verbs - vocabulary article
6 December, 2004
In the first part of this two part article Shaun Dowling looks at delexicalised verbs, and the problems they cause for our students.
Exploring metaphors in the classroom - methodology article
15 November, 2004
When our students listen to pop songs in English, browse web sites in English or watch movies in English they frequently meet language rich in its use of metaphors.
25 October, 2004
This is the second part of an article on drilling, a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was a key feature of audio lingual approaches to language teaching...
18 October, 2004
This is the first part of an article on drilling, a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was a key feature of audio lingual approaches to language teaching...
11 October, 2004
Vocabulary is crucial for getting meaning from a written or oral text. Without knowledge of key vocabulary in a text, a learner may have serious trouble understanding the message.
Dogme: A teacher's view - methodology article
6 August, 2004
In this article one teacher gives us her view of how the ideas and principles of a new approach to teaching have shaped her classroom practice.
English sentence stress - pronunciation article
19 July, 2004
Sentence stress is a difficult area to work on for learners and teachers alike.
How to approach discursive writing - writing article
7 June, 2004
Since writing is primarily about organising information and communicating meaning, generating ideas is clearly going to be a crucial part of the writing process.
17 May, 2004
New words enter the English language all the time - the exact number is uncertain but there are thousands appearing every year.