IH Journal of Education and Development

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If you have any experience teaching our littlest of English learners, the under 6 set, you’ll know only too well that there is arguably little else more important (or more difficult) for us than classroom management. One can never be too organised or vigilant when teaching these amazing little minds. No matter how exciting the ...

What is phonics? Synthetic phonics is a way of learning to read and write by making sound-letter connections - either breaking down a word sound-by-sound (when reading), or putting sounds together to build a word (when writing). Why is it so important? As a child at school in the UK, I remember learning the spelling of whole ...

We’ve all been there. In that class, with those kids- the ones who you’ve been with for a few weeks now.  They’ve gotten comfortable with you, and you with them. They’re a wild bunch. Yes, you know you should have been stricter in the beginning, but how strict can you really be when they have ...

The most important people besides our YLs themselves are their parents, and this relationship is not always easy. Given the status English now has in a globalised world, many parents believe mastering English essential to have more opportunities in the future. However, some expectations may be unrealistic in terms of results, progress and the rate ...

The challenges of teaching English around the world are huge for many native and non-native EL teachers. By definition, a context where English is not widely spoken can hardly provide the practice opportunities or authenticity that is virtually unlimited in English speaking teaching contexts. The most difficult aspect of our job as teachers is trying ...

I am sure it can’t have escaped your notice that the much-heralded Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year wasn’t actually a word at all; rather, it was an image representing the word that comes from the Japanese for picture character. That would be e(picture)+ moji (character). The emoji character ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ (  was ...

Do you ever use bookmarks in your web browser, but can only access them from one computer? Or get annoyed because you can’t remember how to find a great activity you saw on a site which would be perfect for this afternoon’s lesson? If the answer to either of those questions is ‘yes’, diigo could ...

Exam classes can be some of the most rewarding AND most frustrating teaching that you can do.  Often at the same time.  While learners in exam classes often have a good idea of where their strengths and weaknesses lie, perhaps from all the testing they get exposed to, there is often a strong difference between ...

What is this article? To reflect the face that this is my first entry as the new columnist of the teacher training/teacher development section of the IH Journal, I’d like look at where many of us first start our ELT careers, by doing (and presumably obtaining!) a pre-service, initial qualification such as CELTA. This article will ...

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 ...