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Introduction When I did my initial training, a CELTA, many years ago I was very much in awe of how to stage a listening skills lesson. There seemed to be quite a difference in enabling learners to understand a reading text and a listening text. Both are, after all, receptive skills and therefore share some common ...

The topic of superheroes is a popular one for many students around the world, engaging adults and young learners alike.  The following activities can be used as stand-alone tasks to provide students with fluency work or to activate a particular language point.  If you think superheroes aren’t of particular interest to your students then many ...

A few years ago, I decided to give my sophomore English students a unique final exam that would be student-centered and allow them to get some practice communicating and presenting in English. I assigned them to do a group presentation on a how-to topic in front of the class. How-to tutorials are ubiquitous on the Internet. ...

As Nunan so concisely said, for the majority of our students “success is measured by the ability to carry out a conversation in the target language” Nunan. D. (1991) Language Teaching Methodology. UK: Prentice Hall International and so it should clearly be. Unfortunately, it seems that as teachers we often get diverted from this simple truism, instead ...

There are multiple different contexts for teaching and learning English but the one common feature to be found in almost any curriculum is the course book. Many have been the prophets foretelling the end of course books, but their words have fallen on deaf ears if judged by objective sales figures: of the billion-pound industry ...

At the DOS Conference in Greenwich in January this year Jim Scrivener and Adrian Underhill led three sessions on their meme of ‘Demand High’.  The first introductory session, led by Jim, was met by quite a few heads nodding in agreement; in the second  – a feedback session – there was a mixture of responses ...

A student comes from hundreds of kilometres away, on his holiday, just for his bi-weekly 90-minute English session. Another one finally breaks the surprisingly longstanding, not to mention downright bad, habit of relying solely on classroom input and starts doing plenty of extra work, thus making much more visible progress. Yet another continues to attend ...

The buzz word for 2013 is Demand High Teaching (DHT). However, in International House Sabadell, it is not just a trend; it is our teaching philosophy. What does it mean to demand high in the classroom? What implications does this have for learners, and most importantly for teachers? This article will explore these questions with ...

“You don’t need to use technology to be a great teacher”. I agree. Unfortunately however, aside from decision makers grappling with how many interactive whiteboards or tablets to purchase for their school, or teachers in specific and uncommon circumstances, this argument has already passed us by. The consensus, supported by growing statistical evidence, is that ...

Teacher after her class: 'I did the present perfect again. But they still don’t know it.' Michael Swan once told a story in which a man claimed that he had taught his parrot three languages. Lots of people came to see this parrot and waited expectantly for it to speak. But it didn’t. It didn’t say ...