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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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Teaching Young Children: An overview by Aris Mazarakis

The debate of how we should teach Languages to young children has been raging for decades and despite the existing methods, every teacher seems to walk into the language classroom armed with their own personal views and theories of what...

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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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Motivating Adult Learners

The expansion of life-long learning along with ever-shifting workplace demands has brought into our schools and classrooms a growing number of adult learners. Their learning needs, learner identity and learner characteristics differ significantly from those of young or teenage learners, yet...

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The Role of Seasonal Activities in the ELT Classroom –Reflecting on one’s Teaching Practices.

     As the summer holidays are approaching, students seem to be overworked or plain fed up with their school workload. Teachers, on the other hand, are confronted with the never-ending struggle to cover yet another unit, whether the course is...

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