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Over the last 20 years discussions of practitioner action research (AR) have become more and more common in the English language teaching (ELT) literature (e.g. Nunan, 1989, Wallace, 1998, Edge, 2001; Burns, 1999, 2009, 2010a). AR has also been increasing in teacher training and tertiary education programs across the world, and in some countries it ...

This is the first of two articles which will look at the content of language teaching – what is to be taught – and how that content should be organised. In this article I will argue for the importance of lexis as a starting point, and will emphasise the importance of the most frequent words ...

In the autumn 2007 edition of the IH Journal, Mark Lowe published an article entitled ‘Films in English Language Teaching’, in which he discussed the various reasons why teachers should use films for English language teaching, how and what type of films to use in class. As a film enthusiast and a published author in ...

All too often low level coursebooks (and some teachers) start off from the premise that there is a strong correlation between students’ linguistic limitations and their general intelligence. This article will look at different ways to support students’ learning while recognising & incorporating their real-world experience. When I started preparing to co-author Global, two experiences were ...

When teaching foreign learners to speak English, how come we neglect the backbone of a spoken language: sentence stress? Initial help with spoken English  Teaching students of different nationalities, we soon note that they have several problems in common when it comes to speaking, such as a disregard for stress and ‘unstress’, flat intonation, stopping and starting ...

Last week I had to teach a lesson for a friend who was sick. She was so sick she didn’t have time to tell me more than the name of the book and the page number. I asked around the staffroom for any suggestions on teaching this particular unit as I hadn’t taught it before. ...

The stories featured in this article are all examples of what Jürgen Kremer, transpersonal psychologist and spiritual practitioner, called ‘tales of power’ after one of Carlos Castaneda’s novels. He defines such texts as ‘conscious verbal constructions based on numinous experiences in non-ordinary reality, ‘which guide individuals and help them to integrate the spiritual, mythical, or ...

Doing task-based teaching By Dave Willis 1 Introduction Ideas change and develop. When Jane wrote A Framework for Task-based Learning (J. Willis 1996), the rationale was set out in an earlier paper, Willis and Willis (1987). Both the paper and the book were the products of research, classroom experience and contact with colleagues, notably N.S Prabhu whose work ...

'And mother bear enquired as to who had been eating her porridge': designing writing tasks By Roger Hunt With the possible exception of art forms such as poetry, all authentic writing is written with a particular reader in mind and has a specific purpose. The intended readership and purpose of the piece of writing determines the linguistic style ...

If I were in your shoes… By Margaret Horrigan Perhaps some of you know that 2010 is the UN’s year of biodiversity. Now, biodiversity is a term I heard a few years ago and it essentially was used back then to refer to the animal and plant kingdom. However, if we take Bill Bryson’s (2003) word for ...