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By Alan McGuire   > I’m going to discuss the stresses of being a new teacher at International House Madrid and how I managed to make it through my initial years of teaching, as a new English language teacher, moving abroad with little language awareness and no teaching experience. Then I’m going to discuss how I managed ...

By Mike Bridge   > Since leaving the UK seven years ago, change has both interested and intrigued me. On my biannual visits to the UK, I have observed many small changes such as different notes and coins, a range of free magazines at the stations and craft beer in cans. And hasn’t the EFL world changed ...

By David Petrie   > There is something of a reluctance in printed materials to engage with the idea of the “bad model”. Most books contain model performances of speaking and writing so that the students can look at these and see what their target is, following a product approach to some extent, and perhaps the reluctance ...

Reviewed by Bernardo Morales   > The Celta Teaching Compendium by Rachael Roberts aims to provide teachers with a quick reference to most of the skills taught in initial teacher training courses such as the CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL and it does so in a way that is easy to navigate (the skills are ordered alphabetically) and ...

Welcome to the 43rd edition of the IH Journal and thank you for reading. We once again have articles covering most corners of ELT, so there’s something for everyone.   We start with younger learners, with Xana de Nagy reflecting on what homework is for and giving us some principles to think about when setting it. New to the IH ...

As we are at the start of the academic year, and it is a time to think about establishing routines, I thought we could take a look at homework. To set or not to set homework, how much, what to do with it once it has been done, etc.   How the Context Impacts on Homework  Here in Portugal, ...

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Children love stories. Stories are magic, they can create other worlds, emotions, ideas and make the everyday seem incredible. They can teach us empathy and take us on terrific journeys. They can make us laugh, cry, jump with fright and then comfort us with a happy ending.  From a very young age we learn how to ...

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What do Young Learners (YLs) really want from a language lesson? Have you ever wondered? I have asked colleagues, both experts and newly qualified, who confirmed ‘YLs just want to play’. Yes, play games. Possibly, play games and learn something new? Surely, YLs want to learn something new while having fun and playing games. This is what really motivates them and motivation is a key factor in order to learn ...

Monica Ruda

It might sound like an oxymoron, but often teachers cannot (or will not) be taught – that is what I have concluded in my seven years in the TEFL world. Training and development should play a vital role in every teacher’s professional life; in fact, institutions that offer such opportunities are better regarded than the ones that do not. So, why ...

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So, you’ve completed your initial teacher training qualification. Well done! There may have been a moment (or two or three) when you thought you wouldn’t make it, but make it you did. Take a deep breath, enjoy the feelings of relief and satisfaction…  OK. That’s enough. The real work is only just beginning. Five, Six, maybe ...