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Read more ...The expansion of life-long learning along with ever-shifting workplace demands has brought into our schools and classrooms a growing number of adult learners. Their learning needs, learner identity and learner characteristics differ significantly from those of young or teenage learners, yet oftentimes there is little reflection on how we are...

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Read more ...Dictation is one of the oldest techniques known for both the teaching and testing of foreign languages. Stansfield (1985) dates its origins back to the sixteenth century. It has long been associated with the traditional or grammar-translation method. Through the years dictation has fallen in and out of favour as new schools and approaches in linguistics...

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Read more ...Duchamp's Idea: The great 20th Century artist Marcel Duchamp came up with an extraordinary notion.He thought that in the past artists had to create something from scratch; yet the industrial era had churned out a multitude of objects, many of which were undoubtedly beautiful by dint of their design.So a sculptor for instance could simply peruse...

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Read more ...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 was to pass on knowledge to students, whereas cooperative learning was discouraged in favour of...

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Read more ...In my previous article I looked at the basic concepts in designing a course for adults. This article analyses the steps followed during this process and offers suggestions for each of those steps.The design process starts with an initial needs analysis followed by goal and objective setting, material selection, specification of the tasks to be used...

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Read more ...Fear of listeningListening appears to be the most feared component of language exams: learners invariably complain that “the listening was difficult,” teachers seem to worry about the listening subtest more than anything else, examination bodies are often asked to explain themselves and justify the format and level of their listening tests...

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