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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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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

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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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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20

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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12

Mar 2015

Games people play: No-prep ESL games for all ages

ake a moment & think about what you have learnt through simply playing a game – any game.  While you´re at it, notice that people play everywhere - so why not in the classroom?  Today we will help you spruce up your classes with an extensive list of no-prep ESL games our teachers use in their own classes.  The emphasis here is on hassle-free fun which…

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Mar 2015

Tiers for fears & choosing words to teach

Any conscientious teacher knows that choosing words to teach is not as easy as it seems.  Sure you can deal out words left, right & center.  However, would your students understand, grow & be empowered?  Fortunately, there is a nifty little 3 tier model that helps teachers enable their students to broaden their language capacity.   Examples: come, hear, happy, bed The first tier refers to…

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Feb 2015

Teaching new vocabulary: 7 fail-safe strategies

If teaching grammar forms the frame for language acquisition, teaching new vocabulary provides students with the building blocks. It is therefore the teacher’s responsibility to bring home the value of these building blocks by presenting them in perspective - that is, in a way that is relevant and useful for the students. In order to do this, educators can use the following 3 broad categories for teaching new vocabulary.  …

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Oct 2011

Oxbridge Madrid – ‘Working Together, Sharing Experiences’

  OXBRIDGE and CIBALL kindly invite you to our English teachers´ meeting named Working Together, Sharing Experiences which will take place on Thursday the 3rd of November in Madrid. We are creating a community of English teachers from public and private institutions, schools and academies who want to get to know each other and share their experiences related to English teaching. If you: -        Think…

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05

Oct 2011

New Proposal – Learn Languages at the age of 5…

After reading this article, I’m surprised at the Tories new policy proposal, what with their anti-European stance . I completely agree with the idea of learning a language at an early age however, I think that the focus should be on the way that we teach, the methodology rather than arguing that ‘languages makes you smarter’. Has anyone ever questioned methodology, starting at a young…

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