Posts and tips for teaching English vocabulary.

Cambridge webinar GenZ – 28th April 2015

Engaging ‘Generation Z’ Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3PM BST – 4PM BST Digital media are a major part of everyday life for Generation Z. In fact, it has been from the day they were born. Engaging the youth in activities … Read More»

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Teaching tips from Hannah and Liana: Building vocabulary

One of the keys to delivering an effective home tuition course is taking every opportunity to enhance the learning experience. There are lots of opportunities for the teacher to be creative and to utilise space and facilities around the home … Read More»

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British Council English-learning website for football fans

The British Council have launched a new English-learning website for football fans. It includes lots of resources, activities and lesson plans. If your student loves football, they’ll probably love this site. For loads of teaching tips visit the website.

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English UK 2012 Teachers’ Conference #2: teaching unstress (Adrian Underhill)

At a packed session, Adrian Underhill remarked that a common problem students have with pronouncing English is not stressing syllables but rather unstressing them. A good way to start raising awareness of the effect of different word stress patterns is … Read More»

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Why English is difficult for Arabic speakers

As Arabic is not an Indo-European language it does not share many of the fundamental features of English. What feels obvious to say speakers of English, German, Spanish or Russian may not be at all obvious to Arabic speakers. Read on for … Read More»

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Elements of an advanced syllabus

Using the British Council’s ‘Core Inventory for General English’ we can list possible elements of a higher level syllabus (C1 and above) The Inventory covers provides an outline core syllabus based on popular coursebooks, teacher surveys and other sources. Below is … Read More»

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News from English UK Teachers’ Conference 2011 – a Fractal Approach

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This year’s teachers’ conference was held at Prospero House, close to the South Bank in London. The opening plenary was given by Maurice Claypole. He looked at the chaotic nature of language and the implications for teaching. One of the … Read More»

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Young Learner (8-11) vocabulary plus

Primary school age young learners can vary from near beginners to intermediate or above. Below is an outline vocabulary checklist for lower level young learners. Young learners with very little English will often start their learning of English with a ‘syllabus’ similar to … Read More»

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When to teach what (core syllabus)?

The British Council has just published some guidance on what should be taught at different levels for General English. This is very helpful when producing your own syllabus/lesson planning. In a classroom environment, most teachers often rely on a course book … Read More»

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Word origins

Great to have a few up your sleeve that can be used as a warmer … The days of the week are based on Roman naming (which in turn was based on …) Monday: Moon day, translation of Latin Tuesday: Tiu’s day, translation of … Read More»

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