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There are many benefits of studying for older learners, such as increased self-confidence, increased feelings of health and well-being...


Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a...


Teaching Unplugged is the term used for a teaching method and philosophy which has three primary aims: teaching through conversation,...


Neither strict dogmeticians nor techno evangelists, we are simply teachers who appreciate both a good Dogme moment and easy-to-use...


They say that every picture tells a story. They are completely wrong. 


Many newly qualified or inexperienced teachers tend to base their lesson planning on the traditional PPP approach (Presentation,...


Few would doubt that students should leave a lesson with some kind of transcript of it: be it a notebook or, if technology allows, pages...


This article looks at ways to improve your students' abilities to both explore, store and use vocabulary.


This article discusses how much attention language teachers should pay to vocabulary acquisition research, particularly with regard to...


In this article, informed by the Lexical Approach, I reflect on grammar instruction in the classroom, including my own teaching, and...


In this article, Luke Meddings reflects on the constraints coursebooks can put on the learning experience in the classroom, and offers...


A feature that is common both to language teaching and to traditional folk and fairy tales is the repetition of phrases or ‘language...


Writing, unlike speaking, is not an ability we acquire naturally, even in our first language - it has to be taught. Unless L2 learners...


This article will ask why we test learners of English. 

Pronunciation - the poor relation? - pronunciation article - guest writers

The point I want to make is that pronunciation teaching has been neglected and that we have all lost out through this. 

Pre-listening activities - listening article

Listening skills are hard to develop. Students can do a variety of work before listening to help them understand.


Asking questions is a natural feature of communication, but also one of the most important tools which teachers have at their disposal...


Syllabus writers - and teachers in general - commonly assume a ‘scaffolding approach’ to course design.

Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us. - reading article - guest writers

In this, the first of two articles for TeachingEnglish, Alan Maley considers the benefits extensive reading can bring to English...

Simulated immersion - listening article

I have often found that learners of all levels feel that there is inadequate time spent on listening in most language courses.

Eliciting - methodology article

Eliciting (elicitation) is term which describes a range of techniques which enable the teacher to get learners to provide information...

Designing Business English programmes 3 - methodology article

This is the final article in a three part series. In the...

Dogme: nothing if not critical - methodology article - guest writers

This is Scott Thornbury's second article for TeachingEnglish.

Designing Business English programmes 2 - methodology article

This is the second article in a three part series. In the...

Methods, post-method, and métodos - methodology article - guest writers

This is the first of two articles by Scott Thornbury for TeachingEnglish.

'A language teaching method is a single set of...