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* 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 ...

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In the first article of this series, I focused on spoken language and storytelling, which I followed with my treatment of learner autonomy and metacognition in the second. For my third pairing, in this article, I will consider use of the text-driven approach and teaching of collocation. This is perhaps a less immediately obvious pairing, ...

In the past two weeks of my teacher training work, I’ve been asked several questions by teachers of all levels of experience: DELTA candidate:  How do I improve my definition of aims? CELTA candidate:  But what is the ‘receptive skills’ procedure? State School teacher on the IHCYLT course:  What do you mean by ‘assumptions’? State School teacher in a ...

Recently, while observing monolingual adolescent classes, I was struck by how often lessons ended in pair or group discussion tasks designed to give students fluency practice relating to the content of the lesson. The topics were clearly engaging for the age groups, provided real potential for discussion and instructions were, on the whole, clear. Yet ...

About the talent show One question I like to pose to students at the start of a new session is to reveal something surprising about themselves, whether it be a unique hobby, an interesting job title, or the amount of travel they have done.  From mechanical engineers to veterinarians, professional ballerinas to lingerie designers and playground ...

A few years ago I signed up for an online teaching course and midway through it, I was set a question which went something along the lines of ‘What, in your mind, makes a good lesson?’ This got me thinking. I had once seen an interview with Mickey Spillane, the author of the Hammer detective books ...

The text below is taken from a blog by Brita Haycraft that was based on her one-hour talk 'Trick and Techniques for Better Spoken English'  given at the British Council in London on 8th October 2013. Brita said that “They are among various exercises I give to groups of 16-18 students of different levels and nationalities who ...

I have to start this article with what may be a first in the IH Journal. No – not some groundbreaking EFL eureka moment that would make me the new Scott Thornbury, but an apology to my Nan. Nan, sometimes when I’m on the phone to you in the lounge I am distracted by the computer ...

IH Madrid has been snooping on you! A bit like GCHQ, the CIA, the NSA, or the News of the World, IHM (IH Madrid) has been monitoring your communications. Before you get too worried, I should say that it’s all above board and that you should be very happy about this. So, it’s nothing like ...