IH Journal of Education and Development

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I’ve just recently been asked to present a series of workshops on using graded readers in primary settings. I haven’t planned it all out, and I’m not sure yet what I will do as I have to admit I haven’t used graded readers for a long time. Years in fact.  I used to love using ...

Elephants article

Note: The below is an adaptation of an article that was first published as ‘If it’s not about elephants, it’s irrelephant! Memes for teaching early years’ in IATEFL’s YLT SIG Journal ‘C&TS Digital’, Issue 2, 2015. The Elephant Lady At last year’s International House DOS Conference, I was scheduled to present at the same time as ...

“The conception and construction of methods have been largely guided by a one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach that assumes a common clientele with common goals.” [Kumaravadivelu] How do we typically train students to process coursebook texts? Well, we have our lead-in, our gist question(s) and then the detailed information questions before moving along to the language input stage. Right? ...

Edward Crabtree article

The use of unexplained mysteries in language classrooms. Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast – Lewis Carroll. `This is all crazy` says a middle-aged man holding a photocopy of a supposed photo of a ghost. He sits in a circle of adults and teenagers as creepy music sounds in the background. `You have ...

Karl Emmett article

As language teachers, one reasonably safe assumption we can make is that the learners will only have an explicit focus on language in their classes. Therefore as teachers, we must ensure our students get plenty of opportunities to revise during lessons. The following article illustrates some techniques I’ve been using to recycle vocabulary in the ...

Mike Astbury article

Why use games in the classroom? Games work and I think that most teachers use games and fun activities in their lessons. This post will firstly examine why they work, and encourage their wider use, and secondly provide two games that you can download and print to use with your students that demonstrate some of the ...

Anthony Ash article

During my CELTA, I was told I should never revert to the learners L1 nor let the learners speak it. I think my tutors said this because they viewed the English Language Classroom as a place where all opportunities of speaking English should be maximised. Of course, making the most of opportunities to practise English ...

ANya Shaw article

Once upon a time there was a teen class who hated writing; a teacher, Chris, and a page from English File Upper Intermediate.  What followed was a tale of overcoming adversity, trial and error, competition and ultimately, inspiration.  And so the IH Belgrano 50 Word Story writing competition was born. (50 words) What are 50 Word ...

Alex Zagorac article

In the times of the Ancient Greece and Rome, the purpose of memory techniques was to compensate for the scarcity of recording media, or even their complete absence - in which case memory techniques were supplemented with repetition techniques for permanent memorizing. That seems to be an ingredient we are missing today. The question is ...

Management matters column

You’ve been teaching for a while. You’ve done the Delta or the Trinity Diploma. You want to move out of being in the classroom full-time but don’t fancy spending the rest of your life as a teacher trainer or writing materials. You’ve got a lot to offer, and you could definitely do a better job ...