Summer 2017

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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 children seem to like some of the materials straight away but do not pay attention to some others? What do children like and what are the main practical implications in terms of materials for the EFL class?

 

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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