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Learning contracts: A fundamental component to worthwhile adult learning experiences

Read more ...In modern multicultural communities there are abundant lifelong learning opportunities that many adults willingly exploit despite their busy daily routines. In fact, there are multiple reasons why adults take up foreign language learning nowadays. For instance, many of them long for job satisfaction or pursue increased employment opportunities so the...

Course book: A master or a servant?

Read more ...  The course book constitutes the compass for the completion of the syllabus (mid-term) and the curriculum (long-term) development of the E SL/ EFL school year. It serves as the foundation for the development of cognitive and linguistic skills of second language learners. Course books are necessary for the successful outcome of language instruction and the...

Coursebook selection: What to look for

Read more ...    There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding on a coursebook, the first one being whether one is necessary or not. This, in turn, is dependent on the students’ needs. For example, if a student needs a certain IELTS score by a certain date, using a coursebook may mean that a large part of it may remain unused. However, if the...

Coursebooks: Why Should I Change or Replace Parts of It?

Read more ...Many times, usually in the beginning of each year, I find myself, immersed in thoughts regarding the right course books I should choose for my students. Other times, (most of the times), this is a decision made by the school owners and as teachers we have to make do with what we have. However, there are many cases where I do not know how useful they are...

Do we need coursebooks?

Read more ...Coursebook selection and evaluation is a complex and multifaceted task. Especially at a time when the market is inundated with a host of coursebooks for the teaching of English as a foreign language, selecting a suitable coursebook becomes a critical process, since it can have an enormous impact on students’ engagement, motivation to learn, and ultimately...

Unleashing the potential of limericks: Humorous poetry for the EFL young learners

Read more ...By Evangelia Vassilakou   Definition and general characteristics of limericks   Limericks are one of the most favourite poetic forms among children, and were popularized by Edward Lear. They originated in England the 18th or early 19th century. The fun of the limericks lies in their rollicking rhythm and broad humour. They are also easy to remember...

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