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Resources for Understanding learners

11 January, 2011
As well as teaching English to our young learners, we can help them reach their full potential as language learners. Here are some tips and ideas on how to use materials on the LearnEnglish Kids...
7 January, 2011
Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years ago on my own teenage years, 14 - 19.
21 April, 2010
Portfolios are a popular and effective way of motivating young learners, providing a fun way to review language and helping them to reflect on their own objectives, ways of learning and success.
21 April, 2010
Keeping your students motivated to learn is one of the biggest challenges any teacher faces.
24 March, 2010
There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners.
8 January, 2010
This study, by Dr Simon Borg of the University of Leeds, assesses the impact that studying English has on students’ lives.
Creative writing for language learners (and teachers) - writing article - guest writers
16 December, 2009
Creative writing normally refers to the production of texts which have an aesthetic rather than a purely informative, instrumental or pragmatic purpose.
Simulated immersion - listening article
11 November, 2009
I have often found that learners of all levels feel that there is inadequate time spent on listening in most language courses.
10 November, 2008
This 54-page booklet comprises a collection of papers with contributions from leading researchers on global citizenship in language education in several corners of the globe.
Aspects of Business English - methodology article
22 October, 2008
The term Business English can cover a multitude of things. When someone says they teach business English or they are studying business English it is quite possible that the speaker and the listener...
20 February, 2008
The theory of Emotional Intelligence and its measurement, the Emotional Quotient (EQ) were developed in the 1970s and 80s but popularised by Daniel Goleman in the mid-90s.
Making writing communicative - writing article
11 December, 2007
Writing, like all other aspects of language, is communicative. Think about what we write in real life. We write e-mails, lists, notes, covering letters, reports, curriculums, assignments, essays...
The essence of creativity - methodology article
3 October, 2007
This is the third in a series of four articles on transforming activities for creativity. The first introduced the concept of creativity in the language classroom.
Features of creativity - methodology article
3 October, 2007
This is the second in a series of four articles on transforming activities for creativity. The first introduced the concept of creativity in the language classroom. This one focuses on the features...
Creativity in the language classroom - methodology article
26 September, 2007
Before we set out and look at some theories and practice for introducing creativity into the language classroom, let’s see why it is worth making all this effort.
The child as a learner - methodology article
20 July, 2006
This is the first in a two-part article which explores how young children learn languages and what we as teachers can do to help them and their parents to make this process more enjoyable and...
The child as a learner 2 - methodology article
19 July, 2006
This is the second of a two-part article which explores techniques to help develop young children's language and how to deal with errors.
Keeping teens interested - methodology article
21 February, 2006
Many English teachers would probably agree that teenagers are the most difficult age group to teach. Sometimes our teenage students do not want to be in class in the first place and often their minds...
1 December, 2005
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) has been around in language teaching longer than we may realise. Those teachers who incorporate elements of suggestopedia, community language learning, music, drama...
24 May, 2005
The sociocultural element in learning is particularly sensitive in EFL because in acquiring a language there is, to some extent, an appropriation of a cultural identity too.
Thinking frames 2: Logical Levels - methodology article - guest writers
17 May, 2005
In this series of articles I want to explore with you a number of different filters you can fix onto the lens of your thinking camera.
Thinking frames - methodology article - guest writers
13 April, 2005
In this article I want to share with you a major thinking frame, that has been of great use to me in my teaching and that comes from the work of Antoine de la Garanderie, a major French pedagogical...
Writing and elementary learners - writing article
20 September, 2004
This article is about bringing some energy and excitement to the process of writing in the classroom. It's about how to create a writing environment that is 'authentic' and purposeful.
Speaking and elementary learners - speaking article
14 September, 2004
What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?
Responding to content - writing article
7 September, 2004
This article explores how you can encourage your students to focus on content in their writing and gives ideas for how to respond to it.