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In this issue ELT NEWS focuses on Reading and Writing. Writing is a key component of language and it remains a real-world skill. Writing well is really a big challenge for both native and non-native students. In general, it is much bigger with the students of English as a foreign language. Students nowadays have very little interest in writing which is so...

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  Issue 3 of ELT NEWS features a back to school section full of ideas and tips to start the new academic year in the best possible way. We also explore how storytelling can be used in the classroom and how music and songs can boost language learning. Finally James Martin of the British Council talks to ELT NEWS about the role of the British Council and the...

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Editorial What is Grammar? Grammar is the body of rules which underlie a language. It includes rules which govern the structure of words (suffixes and prefixes) and rules which govern the structure of words to form clauses and sentences that are acceptable to native speakers. Without grammar, words hang together without any real meaning or sense. In...

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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 working with children you realise that not all existing materials are equally successful in the class. Why is that? Why do...

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Editorial The majority of teachers have the perception that learning should be serious and solemn in nature that students should sit still all the time and that fun, humour and laughter do not play a role in learning. However, the field of language teaching has seen a drastic change moving from the classic educational model to the most flexible and...

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In this month's issue we explore the value – or lack thereof – of coursebooks in the ELT classroom. Most teachers would agree that no matter how attractive an ELT coursebook might look, its real strengths and hidden weaknesses will unfold only in action, that is, in actual classroom use. The process of choosing the right course book is a serious...

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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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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New to the classroom? Here are some tips that will help you evolve as a teacher

As a novice teacher you are full of dreams. You have the knowledge and command of the language and you know that you can disseminate information. But theory is often worlds apart from the real world. Walking into a classroom...

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Graded readers in language learning: the benefits and ways of using them

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...

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