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Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

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May 2015

Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

Following on from the previous two blog posts, which you can read here and here, the third item in conjunction with a student’s success in learning a foreign language is, “using authentic materials”. Authentic materials are basically any materials that exist in the real world for native English speakers. Sources include: books, magazines, newspapers, videos, internet, etc. All of which are available everywhere. If you’re going to…

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Classroom atmosphere

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Apr 2015

Classroom atmosphere

In the blog I wrote before this one (which you can read about, here) I talked about how student attitude is an important factor of success in learning a foreign language and went on to talk about one contributing influence, the ‘student/teacher relationship’. In this blog, I will be talking about the second influence, ‘classroom atmosphere’ Although there are no specific teaching techniques to make…

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Apr 2015

Chaotic classroom case studies: Tackling the troublemakers

alking about disruptive students is nothing new.  In fact, we have thoroughly addressed this matter in a previous post.  The objective of today´s discussion, however, is to put those principals into practice seeing that a teacher is equally responsible for teaching as for classroom management which is elaborated on in the following clip. This young lady, brings a powerful message across: We have to choose to…

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Teacher/Student Relationship

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Apr 2015

Teacher/Student Relationship

An important factor of success in learning a foreign language is the student’s attitude towards it. A student who considers the learning of English as a positive and rewarding experience is less likely to suffer from foreign language anxiety. However, their attitude is very often influenced by the following: a) teacher/student relationship b) the general classroom atmosphere, and c) the use of authentic teaching materials…

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It’s never too late to learn how to teach

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Apr 2015

It’s never too late to learn how to teach

As we grow older it’s all very easy to sit and wonder why we didn’t do certain things before it became ‘too late’.  And whenever I hear people say, ‘I wish I’d done this’ my response is always, “What’s stopping you from doing it now?”, a question that usually stops a person in their tracks and makes them think. The replies I get vary from “I’m too…

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03

Apr 2015

How to… set up audio-visual discussion topics

one are the days where we simply slam open a book, get students to read a text and then throw a comprehension test at them.  As time has gone by these activities have transformed into audio-visual discussion topics where we use any source ranging from video or audio clips to online articles, photo posts on social networks and any other form of figure, stats or poll….

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What is intonation and why teach it?

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Mar 2015

What is intonation and why teach it?

What is intonation? The term ‘intonation’ refers to the linguistic use of pitch to convey meaning of a sentence and/or word and during your life as a TEFL teacher you will come across students who will have difficulty using intonation and stress in the correct manner – this means they may not be able to get their point across very well and, in turn, native…

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Mar 2015

Task-based language teaching: 6 tools for task force teachers

happens to all of us:  Now and again you come to the point where you have tried/used every trick in the book and now you are stumped for activities.  If that is the case you came to the right place because today we will look at the boundless source of original activities.  I am talking about task-based language teaching of course. Please note that the emphasis…

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24

Mar 2015

‘Schwa’ – unstressed syllables

Before I was taught how to teach English, by Oxbridge TEFL, I had no idea that the word “schwa” existed. Today, I’m writing about the ‘schwa’, which isn’t (incidentally) about the pronunciation of words such as ‘Schwartz’ and ‘Schwarzkopf’…it’s about pronouncing a sound, a sound that features a lot in the English language but, not in any other language. The schwa ([ə]) is typical in…

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Mar 2015

New teaching techniques: Sparking inspiration

The era of “chalk and talk” is over.  We as teachers know that we need to incorporate new teaching techniques seeing that nowadays simply presenting information to our students is just not enough.  Students have to engross themselves in what they are being taught, they need to discover the worth of what we teach them and it is our job to ignite that interest. The…

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