Posts and tips for tutoring English in your home

Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests (ONLINE COURSE)

Improve your English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening, with this free online course. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-ielts?utm_source=newsletter_segment&utm_medium=futurelearn_organic_email&utm_campaign=fl_october_2017&utm_term=02_10_2017_first_name_10_fascinating_courses_for_you Why join the course? Anyone thinking about taking an English language test, such as IELTS, will find this course particularly … Read More»

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Needs analysis: what is it and how to do it?

  Introduction “There is no such thing as General English.” The statement above is not an actual quote, but more a summary of a point of view that comes from the world of teaching English for Specific Purposes (of which … Read More»

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Adrian Underhill teaching pronunciation

Adrian Underhill is an ELT consultant and trainer. Here is a link to an excellent method of both thinking about and showing to students a functional way of using pronunciation in the class room, using the articulatory approach to teaching pronunciation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kAPHyHd7Lo … Read More»

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THE (?) guidebook for One-to-One teaching

The first edition of Priscilla Osborne’s excellent guide to 1-1 teaching was published in 2005 and it has recently been updated and republished, both as a physical book and an e-book. According to Priscilla, “One-to one teaching can encompass the best … Read More»

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Homelingua “staff room” – Webinar #5

Thank you to the teachers who came to the fifth Bucksmore Homelingua webinar on Friday 23rd October, gathering teachers together from Rochdale to Rochester! We discussed a range of potential issues relating to home tuition and settled on four for … Read More»

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OUP 1-1 tips: a 3-part series

Do you teach adults? Do you teach one to one? Oxford University Press are presenting a 3-part series from this week (3/3/2015) specifically on the adult one-to-one teaching context. The first article relates to Business English. Click on the link … Read More»

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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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British Council’s 2015 CPD series

Dear Teachers! The British Council Seminars Team have announced their new series of CPD events! Click on the link below to find out more. http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars 2014 was a very successful year for the Seminar Series. Last year they had an … Read More»

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How English sounds to non-English speakers

Have you ever wondered how English sounds to a non-English speaker? A short (under 4-minute) film called ‘Skwerl’ attempts to demonstrate this phenomenon. As I was watching this, I often had the uncanny feeling that if only I could hear … Read More»

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Discussions and more – Penny Ur – 20th January 2015

Penny Ur has updated her classic EFL book and published through Cambridge University Press in January 2015. CUP are offering a 20% discount for any orders placed in January. Most students want to work on ‘speaking skills’, but as that … Read More»

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