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So you think you can teach?

I got a message from a friend asking me whether it is OK that her 5-year-old daughter was asked by her kindergarten teacher to sit on the ‘punishment chair’ (or the ‘naughty chair’ or the ‘time-out chair’ or the ‘you name-it-how-you-like-to-hide-the-word-punishment’). Her daughter was sad and did not know why she had to go to this (pretty scary, if you...

Do we only learn from coursebooks?

For most educators the textbook represents the main source of ideas for teaching. Therefore little attention is paid to other resources such as videos, interviews, popular TV series adapted for teaching, songs suitable for teaching on Youtube, virtual tours and visits to places of interest –museums, galleries, libraries, archaeological sites...

iRead - Interactive and personalised ebooks for learning to read

We all learnt to read in English in more or less the same way. Typically we have used paper books containing activities and exercises given as practice material. One characteristic of this approach to developing reading is that the books themselves are of a static nature in many aspects. No matter how many times the readers go over the book they always...

I play, you play... the power of playing in the EFL classroom.

Have you ever thought about why we were so happy as kids? Have you also considered the differences between being an adult and being a child? Well, the main difference is that we (at least most of us) have stopped playing. Text by Tanya Livarda(BA/ MA in TESOL, CELTA), EFL teacher, Oral Examiner The importance of play As it has been acknowledged and...

Never mind a ‘To-do’ list, here’s a ‘Ta-da’ list!

I have always loved making “to-do lists”, and I rely on them to be productive, but I’ve recently started a new list that I like even more – my “ta-da list”. Ta-da is an imitation of the sound of trumpets making a great announcement, and my ta-da list is made up of all the things I accomplished that day. By Michael Robbs, Business English Teacher...

Moodle adds Poodll tools for language learning to its suite of Certified Integrations for Moodle LMS

Poodll’s collection of add-ons for language teachers includes activities and tools that extend the functionality of Moodle LMS to teach and learn languages online. Designed specifically to build dynamic language courses, the Poodll suite of plugins for Moodle includes tools to evaluate student’s speaking and listening, audio/video recording, or vocabulary...

Tips to keep your classroom secure with Microsoft Teams

The past year has been unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean remote and hybrid learning have to be. With reliable and secure technology, students can connect with teachers and classmates, work on assignments, and access important educational resources from anywhere. To help you set up secure classrooms for your school, Microsoft has published an...

Learning a second language early might have ripple effects throughout your life

    Does being bilingual affect how your brain works? Proponents of language education proudly trumpet the benefits—but for many researchers, it’s an open question. Evidence suggests that there is, at the very least, some cognitive benefit. For example, children who grew up in a bilingual household may be able to pay attention to and process more of the...