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From Reading to Creative Writing

Read more ...  When discussing about writing, it is useful to consider some fallacies that have dominated EFL teaching in the last few decades. The first one concerns...

Using Authentic Listening Material

Read more ...  A report published in the Daily Mail a couple of decades ago gave reason for a light-hearted investigation. According to the report most foreign students who visited Britain or went there to study failed to understand English in conversations with English people! It was an outrageous claim and I was curious to see whether there was any truth in it. The...

Practical, Creative Techniques for Integrating Language Skills

Read more ...Traditionally, we refer to the four language skills: reading and listening (receptive) and speaking and writing (productive). The communicative approach to teaching focussed on developing rather than testing the skills and also encouraged strategies for integrating the four skills rather than testing them separately.   The ideal activity in class for...

5 Things You Should Do To Become A Better EFL Teacher

Read more ... By Steve Vassilakopoulos 1 Don’t set homework you have not covered in class. This is very common, quite often in an attempt to cover all the material set in a course book. For example, a reading passage may be set as homework which involves reading the text and doing the comprehension questions and vocabulary exercises that follow. Similarly, grammar...

Vocabulary Strategies for English Language Learners

Read more ...Vocabulary acquisition is a challenge English Language Learners (ELLs) face throughout their learning journey. To meet it, teachers must learn and use the most effective strategies. There are many different approaches and techniques teachers can use to teach vocabulary. Previewing Unfamiliar Vocabulary In preparatiing your lesson, scan the chapter...

Building positive student - teacher relationships

Read more ...If you build positive student-teacher relationships, your students will be more likely to pay attention to you, and there will be fewer disruptions. The best way to gain the respect of your students and have a better behaved and controlled classroom is by putting forth an effort to get to know your students.   Improving student-teacher relationships and...

The Challenge of Teaching Listening Skills

Read more ...Teaching listening skills is one of the most difficult tasks for any EFL teacher. This is because successful listening skills are acquired over time and with lots of practice. It’s frustrating for students because there are no rules as in grammar teaching. Speaking and writing also have very specific exercises that can lead to improved skills. This is not...

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