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A. What is ‘needs analysis’? By definition ‘needs analysis’ is the procedure which is organized in order to determine the gap between the existing knowledge of learners and the one needed for fulfilling the desired aims. Once this gap is determined, decisions can be made concerning the procedures which need to be followed...

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In this article we will present 3 different activities focusing on grammar, vocabulary and listening respectively. Activity 1: Get your tenses right Aim: To review tenses Level: Any Language focus: Tenses Procedure: Make enough paper copies of the following chart which is also displayed on the board. Ask the learners to provide an example...

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In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on writing and reading respectively. Activity 1: Correct it Aim: To develop writing skills Level: Any Language focus: To develop spelling skills Procedure: Type a piece of writing including words with spelling errors. The level of difficulty depends on the level and the...

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In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on vocabulary and speaking respectively. Activity 1: Word mind-mapping Aim: To develop mind-mapping skills for vocabulary storing and recycling Level: Any Language focus: Any vocabulary topic Procedure: Ask the learners if they know what a mind map is. Display one or more...

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In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on vocabulary and reading respectively. Activity 1: What do you remember? Aim: To revise vocabulary, structures and functions Level: Any Language focus: Vocabulary topics, grammar Procedure: Scan or find a photo of a context including the vocabulary items in question and...

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In this short article we will present 3 different activities focusing on grammar, vocabulary and speaking practice respectively. Activity 1: An authentic text Aim: To analyze grammar included in a text Level: Intermediate + Language focus: Any grammatical phenomenon in question Procedure: Select an appropriate article from a suitable website and...

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Practical Ideas for Developing Writing Skills

  The developing of the language skills has always been a very hard and interesting task. The process of writing suggests that we can actually teach students how to write with coherence, an appropiate grammar structure and an acceptable spelling. One...

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English Language Games for the Classroom

By Jet Hiensch, Portugal Jet Hiensch, Dutch teacher of English as a foreign language, living in Portugal, develops English language games for in the classroom. All her games are focused on the oral skills. Her slogan is: Let’s get those kids...

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The Challenge of Teaching Listening Skills

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...

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How to help your students develop Reading & Listening skills

The following article refers to the theory, and the practice needed, for developing the Reading and Listening skills effectively. However, before getting into details concerning the two skills it would be helpful to provide a definition to the term ‘skill’...

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