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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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Integrating Multilingual and Multicultural Awareness in the EFL Classroom

The teacher’s role in the EFL or ESL classroom has seen a great many changes over the past century as different theories and methods - often contradictory- have evolved. Traditional approaches to learning viewed teachers as authorities whose main role...

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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 Seven Deadly Sins of the One to One Lesson From The Point Of View of a Learner

They say that teachers make the worst students to which I can attest myself. As much as I encourage my own students to study hard and go the extra mile, I can never seem to do the same myself when...

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How To …. Evaluate The Teachers During A School Meeting

This form which follows has been designed to be filled in by the manager or the director of studies in a Language School at the end of any teachers’ meeting or after a number of meetings taking into consideration each...

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