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Many ESL/EFL teachers enjoy assigning speaking activities and watching students practice English in groups and pairs. However, going abruptly from one fluency activity to another can end up with students uncertain of what the point is. One crucial phase of a speaking activity is the report phase, where each group gives a summary of what they ...

“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? ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...