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  Students from the EU face English language tests for the first time as part of the government’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration regime. The crackdown is intended to prevent the student route being used to get around new rules that will be imposed to limit EU nationals coming to Britain to work. Officials said the Home Office may need to introduce...

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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 know...

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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...

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Using Comedy to Develop Listening Skills

Motivation – The Acid Test: There is one thing the Brits are experts at – and that is not cooking. It is a pity though that Comedy Clubs are not as popular as restaurants, or we would all be ‘Going...

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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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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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Inspiring Ideas to help you get the most out of the IWB in Your Classroom

Over the last decade or so, Interactive White Boards (IWBs) have proliferated in schools across much of the world. Some teachers have embraced them, and others, well … not so much. Unfortunately, some schools did not offer the professional development...

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