IH Journal of Education and Development

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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 ...

If anyone has any trepidation when doing written freer practice in class with fears of slumped shoulders, audible groans and heads on desks then here are a few ways to spice up your classes and to get students to write.  These activities generally do the job when I want to activate certain language points and ...

For many EFL instructors in foreign contexts, teaching English writing will undoubtedly be a difficult task because writing, a very complex cognitive and linguistic skill, requires extensive time and practice to master. Students must first gain competency in English grammar, understand how to construct meaningful sentences and paragraphs, and then subsequently organize those into various ...

A horse walks into a small, smoky bar and takes a seat.  What happens next?  The answer to that question depends entirely on where the bar happens to be. What can I get you? We don’t serve your type in here. I’m sorry, can I see your ID please? Why the long face? The response you expect in this ...

Introduction When I did my initial training, a CELTA, many years ago I was very much in awe of how to stage a listening skills lesson. There seemed to be quite a difference in enabling learners to understand a reading text and a listening text. Both are, after all, receptive skills and therefore share some common ...

The topic of superheroes is a popular one for many students around the world, engaging adults and young learners alike.  The following activities can be used as stand-alone tasks to provide students with fluency work or to activate a particular language point.  If you think superheroes aren’t of particular interest to your students then many ...

A few years ago, I decided to give my sophomore English students a unique final exam that would be student-centered and allow them to get some practice communicating and presenting in English. I assigned them to do a group presentation on a how-to topic in front of the class. How-to tutorials are ubiquitous on the Internet. ...

As Nunan so concisely said, for the majority of our students “success is measured by the ability to carry out a conversation in the target language” Nunan. D. (1991) Language Teaching Methodology. UK: Prentice Hall International and so it should clearly be. Unfortunately, it seems that as teachers we often get diverted from this simple truism, instead ...

As a Director of Studies, I don’t get to teach as much as I’d like to these days but this does mean that I observe a lot.  One of the definite perks of the job is that there are so many brilliant things that I’m lucky enough to see everyday – an enormous variety of ...

Imagine you walk by a classroom and see this: students walking around the classroom, speaking to each other in pairs, then walking away, then forming new pairs, talking, then splitting up again... What on earth is this? In case you have no idea, you’ve just witnessed a mingle, one of the best-known activities in ELT. The ...