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The factor of anxiety in Young Learners' classes

Read more ...  As English teachers, we’re almost always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to stimulate our language learners. It was ELT author and researcher Stephen D. Krashen who gave us his Affective Filter hypothesis of Second or Foreign language acquisition. (Krashen – Terrell, 1983)   His hypothesis states, that conditions which promote...

Preparing Your Students for EFL Exams

Read more ...  As the school year begins and we have students entering exams classes, we have to make certain decisions so as to make the school year a successful one for both us and our students. The first such decision that needs to be made is which exam we should prepare our students for. Quite often that decision is made for us because the students...

Dictation: Make it an interesting activity

Read more ...Dictation is one of the oldest techniques known for both the teaching and testing of foreign languages. Stansfield (1985) dates its origins back to the sixteenth century. It has long been associated with the traditional or grammar-translation method.  Through the years dictation has fallen in and out of favour as new schools and approaches in...

Washback effect: from assessment theory to teaching and learning practice

Read more ...The idea that testing holds a major role in language teaching and learning practices is nothing but knew. It can be traced back to the 1990s (Beikmahdavi, 2016) and since then, many terms have been employed to describe the aforementioned relationship (ibid.). Shohamy (as cited in Amini & González, 2012) narrows the number of the proposed terms down to...

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