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English UK 2012 Teachers’ Conference #1: key issues reassessed

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Jeremy Harmer (author of many teacher training books) opened the conference by looking at a number of key issues in English language teaching. His first question was whether being up to date with technology was important.  To highlight an example … Read More»

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Pronunciation: What do you correct?

In the last ten years there has been a growing debate about accents. As English is being increasingly used around the world, more and more interactions are between non-native speakers. Does this have implications for pronunciation teaching?

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Interesting discussion on student correction

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Thought-provoking article from a well-known CELTA trainer. Student mistakes are not always what they seem! The comments are also worth reading. http://chiasuanchong.com/2012/08/09/the-celta-trainers-diary-part-6-correcting-students-mistakes/

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Spanish pronunciation interference

All mother tongues influence what learners find difficult in English. Here is a look at Spanish:

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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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Every picture tells a story: activity suggestion

Pictures and photographs have always been the language teacher’s best friend. Source: funny-pictures-blog.com via Homelingua on Pinterest   Images are great for stimulating discussion. You can use magazines, the Internet or even photos on your mobile. Choose an interesting image. Take turns … Read More»

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Speaking activities

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So you want to speak English … Most students come to the UK in order to speak better English. However, what is it exactly that they want to improve? Is it: Fluency? Pronunciation? Accuracy? Range of vocabulary? Specialised vocabulary? Presenting … Read More»

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Grammar activities

For many native English speakers it is possible to become highly qualified and educated but still not be able to describe English grammar. We know what sounds ‘right’, most of the time, but explaining why is another matter altogether. In some … Read More»

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Mistakes, errors and when to correct

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I once met a teacher who said all her students’ mistakes were her responsibility so she had to correct everything!! Some students will ask to be corrected but then not be too pleased when you do. Others may not want to … Read More»

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Teaching false beginner and elementary students

How do you teach students with very limited English? Learning English can be very daunting for very low-level students. They often lack confidence and are not sure how to go about organising their learning. This means that teaching very low-level … Read More»

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