IH Journal of Education and Development

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Articles in the ‘Classroom Matters’ Section

When we were twelve, my best friend and I used to mix English and Romanian, our mother tongue when we spoke to each, to the point where Romanian would only make up about 10% of the language spoken. It didn’t cross our minds what we sounded like to the people around us in the ...

Have you ever asked yourself why your learners perform well in listening activities in the classroom, but do poorly in listening tests at the end of the course? Surely, if they are able to perform competently in listening practice in class, they should be able to do well in listening tests too. Ironically enough, this ...

I am a teacher and teacher trainer currently working at International House London. This article is a brief summary of my MA dissertation: Non-Native Speaker Perceptions of Requests – an empirical study in politeness. There has been a lot of research into politeness over the last few decades in the fields of pragmatics, intercultural communication, ...

When planning this article I had a very simple intention: to show that you are not alone when feeling under-prepared and over-whelmed for your first year of ESL teaching. The CELTA is an incredible qualification and gives us the license to drive; but with the benefit of hindsight, I can honestly say nothing prepares us ...

What do teachers want from us? Language teaching organisations (LTOs) often pose the question the other way round, what they want from teachers. This begins with post specifications at the interview stage and continues during employment with job descriptions, lesson observation criteria, student feedback, performance appraisals and a whole host of other yardsticks, not always ...

In my last article in Issue 29 (The language syllabus: why not start with lexis?), I demonstrated the importance of the most frequent words and phrases in the language and suggested that these words and phrases should form the basis of the language syllabus. But I also identified three problems: The most frequent words of the ...

In this article, I will present the description of three grammar games, which will be described. By grammar game, I mean an entertaining activity involving learners in order for them to comfortably acquire the grammar point. I will try to argue for the importance of teaching grammar through fun.           Constant explanation of grammar rules and decontextualizing ...

Introduction One of the most complex and challenging English language areas that learners have to master in the development of their interlanguage is the use of verb forms, especially the correlation between tense, time and aspect. This possibly occurs because English language teaching methodologies which deal with these grammatical categories somewhat struggle to establish a clear ...

Jürgen Kremer, transpersonal psychologist and spiritual practitioner, defines tales of power as conscious verbal constructions based on numinous experiences in non-ordinary reality, “which guide individuals and help them to integrate the spiritual, mythical, or archetypal aspects of their internal and external experience in unique, meaningful, and fulfilling ways” (Kremer, 1988, p.192). Such stories can broaden ...

etiquette /ˈɛtɪkɛt/ /ɛtɪˈkɛt/ noun the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group. ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from French étiquette ‘list of ceremonial observances of a court,’ also ‘label, etiquette,’ from Old French estiquette. Last month I entered my classroom brightly at 12.00pm for my usual Academic Writing class or, as ...