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The teaching-learning experience is mainly comprised of three essential entities: the students, the teacher, and the instructional materials. One of the most commonly recognized and used forms of instructional materials is the ELT coursebook (CB). The CB offers structured content in a uniform format for ready implementation. As such, it is a primary...

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You probably use tons of expressions, idioms, and slang phrases every day that don’t make literal sense. If you ever thought long and hard about why you say something a certain way, you could probably make a guess. However, some English expressions are so crazy and unusual that it is impossible to guess where on earth it originated from — unless you...

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The comma is the punctuation mark most likely to cause angst. This is largely the result of the many different ways the comma is used. Sometimes, the comma indicates a pause that would occur if the sentence were spoken aloud. Other times, the comma separates grammatical components of the sentence. Finally, there are mechanical and stylistic uses of the...

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Harvard academic Amy Cuddy, famous for her work on 'power poses', talks to Jon Severs about the impact of body language in the classroom. According to a feature on TES (tes.com), those teachers who plan their classroom speeches to the syllable, Amy Cuddy has some disappointing news. “Some researchers did a study looking at a rating students gave a professor...

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The content of the Reading component is different for the Academic and General Training testing options but the total amount of time for the completion of this component in both is 60 minutes. Candidates are presented with three passages pertaining to a wide array of subjects of general interest, drawing from work and academic contexts. In this article...

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How to motivate your students

How can you make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners? When students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices...

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Teachers‘ Assessment Literacy Enhancement TALE Erasmus+ Final Conference

    ‘Language Assessment Literacy: Theory and Practice’ Date of the conference: 12th May 2018   Keynote Speakers: Prof. Glenn Fulcher, Univ. of Leicester, UK Prof. Guoxing Yu, Univ. of Bristol, UK   Venue: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus     Scientific Board: Prof. Dina Tsagari, OsloMet, Norway Prof. Dr. Karin Vogt, University of Education, Heidelberg, Germany Dr...

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Helping young learners to speak English in class

One of the challenges that teachers face when teaching young learners is to encourage them to speak English throughout the lesson and gradually establish L2 as the main means of communication in class. Challenging though it may be, once achieved...

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IELTS: how to crack the Reading test

The content of the Reading component is different for the Academic and General Training testing options but the total amount of time for the completion of this component in both is 60 minutes. Candidates are presented with three passages pertaining...

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