Find articles in this section to help you select and use appropriate resources in the adult English classroom.

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Let us be sure about what we are talking about here. This is not an article examining films that have been made from books or their...

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What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that...

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Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History...

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English clubs come in many different guises. What they do all have in common, however, is that they provide an opportunity for English...

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Visual representations of information are by no means an innovation in education. The use of graphs and charts to represent statistical...

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Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely mono-cultural groups of...

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In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

Video for the English classroom - speaking article - guest writers
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Exactly five years ago this month, the video-sharing site YouTube was officially launched to the public. Since then, the site and others...

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I consider the greatest problem facing me as a language teacher is knowing how to motivate my students: how to get them past the hurdle...

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Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. These days I am especially interested in facilitating students'...

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There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners...

A framework for planning a listening skills lesson - listening article
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By developing their ability to listen well we develop our students' ability to become more independent learners, as by hearing...

Using news articles - reading article
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Topical news stories are a great source of teaching material. This article presents different ways to exploit news reports in the...

Working with minimal resources - teacher training in Mongolia - resources article
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Teaching with minimal resources can seem a daunting prospect for those of us lucky enough to work with coursebooks, photocopiers, audio...

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What are podcasts, why might your students benefit from listening to them, and how might you go about using and producing them?

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It is widely recognized that second language (L2) mental lexicon must be independent of its first language (L1) counterpart, if learners...

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Have you ever considered why a learner (even an advanced one) can hear a difficult English word or phrase literally thousands of times...

reading a computer screen and a book
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One of the enormous benefits of the Internet has been the accessibility of loads and loads of English texts for teachers to use with...

Concordancers in ELT - resources article
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Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the power and abilities of computers to digitise, store and analyse text.

Delexicalised verbs 2 - vocabulary article
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In the first part of this article the writer explored the...

Delexicalised verbs - vocabulary article
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In the first part of this two part article Shaun Dowling looks at delexicalised verbs, and the problems they cause for our students.

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Vocabulary is crucial for getting meaning from a written or oral text. Without knowledge of key vocabulary in a text, a learner may have...

How to approach discursive writing - writing article
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Since writing is primarily about organising information and communicating meaning, generating ideas is clearly going to be a crucial...

Motivation and e-learning - personal reflections - resources article
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E-learning sites range from static Web pages to interactive learning classrooms. This article concentrates on interactive learning...

Low-tech learners - resources article
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Many teachers who have tried to take an English class onto the internet have often come back with a similar problem - students who are...

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