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Resources for Understanding learners

11 January, 2017
This paper explores the nature and role of emotional and social competences as key components of effective classroom practice.
16 July, 2014
Lixian Jin, Changsheng Jiang, Jie Zhang, Yuan Yuan, Xiaohua and Qun XieThis paper investigates attitudes, perceptions and motivations of Chinese primary school pupils and their parents towards the...
4 July, 2014
Teaching teenagers is a lot more than just methodology and materials. Helping them to overcome some of the difficulties that can affect their creative ability is one of the key challenges teachers...
3 July, 2014
Teacher talk is a new series of videos featuring some of our TeachingEnglish Associates speaking about important teaching issues. In this video, the theme is student motivation.
16 June, 2014
Naeema Hann, Ivor Timmis, Ali Ata Alkhaldi, Beverley Davies, Carlos Rico Troncoso, Yong YiWhat benefits can English language skills bring to a person’s life, both professional and personal? This...
26 May, 2014
Recorded on 12 June 2014, this webinar with Jo Budden takes a look behind the scenes of the LearnEnglish Teens website and focuses on its growing community. Jo looks at how the site is kept safe and...
1 December, 2013
Martin Lamb and Martin WedellWhat makes teachers motivating? This paper reviews the literature on motivational teaching and presents findings on the nature of inspiring teaching in two countries,...
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...
25 April, 2013
Florentina Taylor, Vera Busse, Lubina Gagova, Emma Marsden and Barbara RooskenThis paper explores  the relationship between identity perceptions, declared learner achievement and teacher perceptions. 
4 December, 2012
Students often write in their English classes, following a specific genre in order to do so: the informal email; a job application letter, etc. Of course, it is important that they learn this kind of...
12 September, 2012
Date: 18th October 2012 Theme: Current coursebooks have moved away from the 'describe your house/last holiday format of earlier materials as content/culture-based learning and model texts take...
1 September, 2012
Date: 29th November 2012Watch a recording of the webinar: click on the link below to watch a recording of Chia's webinar As we walk down the...
13 February, 2012
As teachers of children, we often have three wishes. We want children to: be happy and enjoy our lessons behave in an appropriate way learn as much English as possible.
25 October, 2011
Date: 25 October 2011Theme: This webinar will explore different aspects of learner-centred teaching. What does it mean to be 'learner-centred'? Why is it important? We will examine some of the...
26 September, 2011
This publication, from 1978, provides a useful introduction to pioneer approaches to self-directed learning and individualisation in ELT at the time.
25 September, 2011
Date: 15 December 2011Theme: In this session we will explore what works in CLIL. We will stress the final L in CLIL. Learning will be the focus of the session. In addition, we will unpick what is...
24 September, 2011
Date: 14 February 2012Theme: What is a challenging learner? Why do some learners challenge us more than others? How can we understand challenging behaviour in a different way so that we can teach...
5 September, 2011
Teaching at primary level can cause many teachers, particularly those who have trained to teach adults, a variety of problems and generate a range of worries.
16 August, 2011
Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the reasons why it can be so difficult and makes some suggestions for...