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Mar 2017

How to… engage students in the classroom & beyond

How do we engage students? Well, first of all we need to know what we mean. According to The Glossary of Education Reform, student engagement refers to:   The degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education. Believe it or not, being…

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Mar 2017

I stand corrected: Self-correction in fluency activities

Self-correction is key during any activity. In a previous post we looked at the different ways of developing self-correction in order to improve accuracy. Today, however, we will turn to promoting self-awareness during activities. The main difference between accuracy and fluency activities in terms of self-correction, is that with the latter, it is all about the flow of the discussion. For this reason it is best (in most…

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Jul 2016

Some tips for your English students during summer break

Have you already made plans for this summer? Going to the beach, the mountains or visiting family? What about your EFL or ESL students? Will they keep on studying English if they’re not going abroad? It might be a good idea to give them something to do, right? Therefore I’ve listed here some activities to keep them busy in a easy way without you having to check…

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Jul 2016

Can a non-native teach English? No way!

“Where are you from?” is usually one of the first questions I get when I meet students for the first time. I am from the Netherlands (which isn’t Holland by the way but that’s a different story). “But English is not the official language of the Netherlands, right?” Yes, that’s right. Our official language is Dutch but I speak English as well. Ok… Is it…

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English prepositions are easy with the in-on-at pyramid

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Jul 2016

English prepositions are easy with the in-on-at pyramid

Are your students struggling to memorize the prepositions? Moreover isn’t it a bit confusing to explain all different examples? Why are my hands on the table, am I in the building and at the desk? Don’t worry. In, on and at is often confused among Spanish ESL students. Probably because these three prepositions can be translated to one Spanish preposition: “en”. Often it’s complicated to…

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01

Jul 2016

Are you capable of learning English?

One of my students told me after his two-hour class by videoconference that he felt very comfortable because he was able to follow most of it. Still he didn’t feel comfortable enough to speak at any time. He is at a beginner’s level but far from a beginner. I am talking about a middle-aged man who has been studying English almost his entire life but for…

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Jun 2016

Why don’t we translate while we teach English?

“… and all other things.” I saw the look in his eyes: panic. “Things? What is things?” Oops, I didn’t know this was a new word. Mentally slapping myself in the face for my own stupidity, I started explaining the word “thing”. I pointed at different objects in the room while using the word “thing” and referred to myself and him as people not things….

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May 2015

How to… design paperless ESL activities

nowing that we are entering an era of paperless lessons , why not embrace it and think of the architecture behind teaching a class using your laptop, tablet or even smartphone?  Today we will explore some of the pointers our teachers deem important when it comes to designing ESL paperless ESL activities when teaching with electronic devices. Be economical with word use and avoid excessive…

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Apr 2015

Extensive and intensive ESL activities: Gist for the fun of it

s you probably know, language acquisition generally consists out of four language skills.  Today we will explore the significance of both extensive and intensive ESL activities related to input language skills.  Note that generally these input skills traditionally consists out listening and reading; however, in this day and age other forms of audio-visual sources are taking centre stage.  Keep this in mind with today´s discussion –…

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Apr 2015

Be brainy: Multiple intelligences theory

of the most intelligent person that you know.  What makes her/him so intelligent? Which quality is it that sets him/her apart from others?  Or should it rather be: Which qualities?  Yes, educational psychologists have been grappling with this concept of intelligence for decades especially seeing that there is no singular approach to intelligence.  It was Howard Gardner who popularised the model for the multiple intelligences…

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