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Learning difficulties is a term that has invaded our lives and our L2 classrooms to a great extent since over the last years we encounter such cases daily. Are learning difficulties highly affecting our teaching efforts and what learning problems and restrictions do they cause to our students? by Olga Paparseni / MA in English Language Teaching All...

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  Key stakeholders and education groups have welcomed the UK government’s announcement that EU students attending universities in England will continue to pay the same fees as home students in the first intake after Brexit.  But there has been no decision on how EU students in the UK will be treated in the long-term. In a statement, UK Education...

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For 25 years, I have diligently, thoughtfully, and fastidiously written comments on my students’ essays. In my neatest hand, I’ve inscribed a running commentary down the margin of page after page, and at an essay’s conclusion I’ve summarized my thoughts in a paragraph or more. I’ve pointed out problems in the argument and explained basic mistakes of...

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Everything started with four short reading passages in a B2 level Student’s book which I am working on this year. The topic of the short texts was ‘Globalisation’ and my 13-year-old students in their first year of junior high school, did not really know what the term ‘Globalisation’ means and some mistaken views of it were heard in class. So, I realized...

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The importance of spotting: Some people are good at generating ideas. Others collect them. I am a collector myself. I walk around with a ‘mental notepad’ and I make notes of everything interesting I see; I call these mental notes ‘discoveries’. They can be almost anything - perhaps an idea that I had not thought of; or a different way of looking at...

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Coursebooks: Jack of all trades, master of none

Tool 1: A good teacher cannot be fixed in a routine…During teaching, each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting… (Bruce Lee, kung fu practitioner and film star) Teaching is an art as Stenhouse (1988) in...

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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 Cognitive Aspects of Writing

Paragraphing: It is important to avoid too much eye strain. A piece of writing has to be interesting to attract the reader to new pieces of information. A good paragraph is achieved when a topic sentence is intelligently chosen; the knowledge...

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Building positive student - teacher relationships

If you build positive student-teacher relationships, your students will be more likely to pay attention to you, and there will be fewer disruptions. The best way to gain the respect of your students and have a better behaved and controlled classroom...

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