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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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Using TV Commercials in the EFL classroom

     In their quest for motivating and diverse resources for their specific teaching situation, most EFL/ESL language teachers resort to the use of authentic materials- whether in written or spoken form - as a means of providing learners with rich...

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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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Learning Styles

It is well established that using a variety of teaching styles in our classrooms increases the chances of our students retaining and enjoying what is taught.   Understanding learning styles is a key component of how students learn, and teaching styles –which...

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IELTS Joint-Funded Research Programme 2018

  The IELTS partners (British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English) are pleased to invite applications for funding to undertake research in relation to IELTS. Research projects will be funded to a maximum of £45,000/AUS$70,000 and can last between...

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