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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 for the...

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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 capacity of...

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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 examples on...

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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 present it on...

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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 textAim: To analyze grammar included in a textLevel: Intermediate +Language focus: Any grammatical phenomenon in questionProcedure:Select an appropriate article from a suitable website and make...

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

In classrooms, smartphones are slowly shifting out of the toy-and-liability-to-attention category, and into the tool-and-engaging-students category. It’s part of the movement to “meet students where they are” that’s being embraced by teachers who believe in a non-standardized approach to education. Students...

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Idiomatic English means Brits struggle to communicate with the world

It's a theory which is bound to put the cat among the pigeons.  The british are proud of the idiomatic humour of their language. But an academic has argued that they are actually falling behind because they insist on using phrases...

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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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Preparing candidates for the Cambridge English Proficiency exam

  There is a wide range of official free and paid for Cambridge English support materials from Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press, including the coursebook and practice tests and other types of materials in both print and digital...

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