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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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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 participant separately.     The form aims at providing a clear picture of each participant’s contribution and level of performance during...

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In a study of the learning style of EFL students, Willing (1985) found four different learner types: • Concrete learners - who prefer the use of games, audio-visuals and pair work. • Analytical learners - who prefer structured study methods and texts, verbal-linguistic activities and self-correction. • Communicative learners - who prefer the use of role...

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Extensive reading is of primary importance in language development. Graded readers make reading accessible to more learners. Teachers notice great improvement overall when they use class readers and report that reading helps learners extend vocabulary in the most natural way. Getting everyone to read, however, is not easy. Teachers should focus on...

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  English language teaching could be viewed as a tapestry. The tapestry is woven from many strands. To produce a large, strong, beautiful, colourful tapestry, all strands must be interwoven in a skilful way. The opposite is likely to produce something small, weak, ragged, and pale -not recognizable as a tapestry at all. The same applies to teaching; in a...

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Teaching Materials and Young Learners

The enormous amount of existing materials for the teaching of English to young learners might lead us to think that everything has been invented and nothing is left to be discovered in EFL. But when you are in a real classroom...

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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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Improve listening skills by transcribing

English learners can improve their listening skills by transcribing spoken English. That advice comes from Pascal Hamon, the Academic Director for the English Language Institute at Missouri State University. Students often study listening comprehension in less than interesting, even boring ways, he...

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Back to School

Regardless of your position in the field of education or how much you love your work, scheduling in time to revitalize yourself is key in preventing burnout and promoting a positive attitude. When the scales weigh too heavily on the side...

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