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david-petrie

When asked to read, learners often bend their heads to the page and focus intently on the text, word by word, in an attempt to build meaning from a bottom up perspective – from letters to word to sentence to paragraph and from there, eventually, to text.  This is obviously quite time consuming and in ...

sandy-millin

In keeping with the retrospective nature of this edition of the IH Journal, I thought it might be interesting to share some of the wealth of resources available on the Internet connected to the history of English language teaching (ELT), and of the English language itself. A Different Kind of English History Starting off on a very ...

russian

Фонетические игры на занятиях РКИ (для студентов разных этапов обучения)  Надежда Власова, преподаватель РКИ, RUS-RFL school, IH-Воронеж, Россия  Фонетические игры очень полезны на различных этапах обучения РКИ (элементарном, базовом, продвинутом). Многие из приведенных ниже игр могут быть использованы на любом этапе. При этом сам фонетический материал будет постепенно усложняться. Эти же идеи могут пригодиться преподавателям любого языка! ...

It’s never a good idea to get too pally with people at the IHWO Academic Managers and Trainers’ Conference, is it? Had I managed to remain more aloof, I’m sure Chris Ożόg would never have contacted me asking me if I would write a management column for the IHWO Journal. Had he been less charming ...

shaun_pic

* Please note this article was written at the end of 2014. I’m writing this at the time of year when media sources start to compile their ‘best of’ lists.  Therefore, inspired by that theme, I bring you the three apps I have enjoyed most this year from an educational standpoint.  That is not to say ...

Learner Autonomy is one of those ELT buzzwords, which everyone bandies about glibly. However, when you scratch beneath the surface, things are not as simple as they might have appeared at first glance. While Holec’s (1981:3) definition of autonomy, i.e. the ability to take charge of one’s own learning, is widely quoted, there is no ...

A handy list of key ideas for people taking on very young learner classes (3-5 yrs old) for the first time. Praise: Infants need lots and lots and lots of praise and rewards – use stickers or stamps on hands, congratulations on work well done, high fives, star charts, written comments on worksheets or book, smiley ...

Listening is one of the hardest skills to master for the ESL/EFL learner (Chang, Tseng et al. 2011; Leveridge and Yang 2013). Learners in authentic situations struggle to decipher native-speaker speech in real time, as speed of verbal delivery, local accents, lack of contextual or visual cues (telephone English) and lack of vocabulary knowledge impede ...

“Right, we’ve got a bit of an emergency. I was supposed to do today’s session, but we’ve just had a phone call from one of the teachers who is off sick. There is no one to cover her lesson, so Alina is going to swap sessions with me and I’ll cover the class. The problem ...

How to encourage informed guesses about the meaning of new words in the language classroom Preliminaries A quick research on the internet will provide you with a number of ideas on what inference is. We make inferences about situations, events, people etc. without formalizing our thoughts. We do this every moment of the day.  When we make ...