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CLEVERLANDS: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers

Read more ... By Dimitris Maroulis There is a castle in Cork, Ireland, the Blarney Castle which hosts the Stone of Eloquence, kissing it you get the gift of the gab. Legend has it that an Irish king rescued a woman who fell into a river. As a reward the woman cast a spell over him, the ability to speak so well that he could persuade people to do whatever he...

7+1 tips to make CLIL work with your class

Read more ...    CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) has been adopted by a growing number of schools and language schools for a number of reasons, including more opportunities for language practice, motivation for learners who are interested in subjects other than English and developing 21st century skills. Yet, many educators often feel that the syllabus...

Bring the Text to Life!: It Began With A Look

Read more ...I generally use a lot of authentic material in my lessons, mainly to send the students the message that what we learn in the class is not like experiments in a lab cut from the outside world, something theoretical we do in the class and then we forget all about when we leave the class. When we learn the use of subjunctive or unreal past or inversion in...

How to teach politically correct language and

Read more ...      Nowadays the whole world is obsessed with Political correctness. Let us give you some examples. In the kindergartens of the USA a fairy tale ‘Three piglets’ is being renamed into ‘Three puppets’ so that the Muslim people would not be offended. In Japan dwarf penguins were renamed into fairy penguins to avoid offence from short people. A story of...

Brush Up Your English: How to teach adults

Read more ...  And here is the challenge! Can adults be taught the same way as young students can? The truth is that adults are not empty vessels into which teachers can pour knowledge; they have lots of experience already, to a greater or lesser degree, they have a set of study skills acquired in their previous schooling, they can compare and contrast new knowledge...

Classroom Motivational Strategies

Read more ...The Concept of Motivation   The eternal question over how to conquer learners’ hearts and minds is being confronted by foreign language teachers since the foundation of learning and teaching methodology. Motivation is a multi-dimensional concept and the exact nature of its components depends greatly on human cognition and complex contextual...

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