Posted 21/07/2014

In previous blog articles, we have addressed the situations of teaching large classes as well as mixed-ability classes. Hess's book, part of the Cambridge Handbooks series, combines the two challenges in a collection of tips and proposed activities.

If you are an enthusiastic teacher, ready to embark on a journey to an overseas location, where there is high demand for English teachers, you are likely to find this book especially useful. Its 200 pages feature little theory and a lot of practical help, including a number of classroom activities, classified according to the amount...

Posted 01/07/2014

 This week, we will present to you the approach of Interdisciplinary Teaching, which is not limited to one area of study. It supports the idea of connecting various curricular disciplines or subjects, such as through the discussion of a common topic from various points of view.

For example, a student may be reading Shakespeare in Literature and at the same time learning about 17th century Britain in History and performing a Shakespearean play in Theatre studies. However, there could also be less obvious ways to associate different disciplines with one another. Whilst a ‘...

Posted 26/06/2014

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Commas are one of those elements of English that we often choose not to pay much attention to in relation to our students’ progress. We rarely correct the use of commas in students’ writing, especially at low levels of English proficiency.

Posted 23/06/2014

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Whether you are yourself someone who once learnt English as a foreign language or a native speaker, you have probably noticed that there is a strong connection between a learner’s native tongue and their strong and weak points when it comes to learning...

Posted 10/06/2014

Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains

by LouAnne Johnson

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In her...

Posted 02/06/2014

The Natural Approach was defined by education theorists Tracy Terrell and Stephen Krashen. It is based on the Language Acquisition Theory, which gives an account on how one’s native tongue is learnt. Students are encouraged to acquire foreign language skills the way they got to speak their first language as infants. Logically, the use of native tongues is strictly forbidden in the classroom.

The approach focuses on beginner students, who have none or very limited...

Posted 20/05/2014

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It goes without saying that language is tightly connected with the culture behind it (don't make me share the cliché example about the numerous words for 'snow' that the Eskimo language has). The English language just seems to go...

Posted 12/05/2014

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Let's face it, all of us have come across grammar mistakes that are just outright...annoying. Let me arbitrarily call these 'apostrophe' mistakes as the vast majority of them have to do with this punctuation mark. I am talking about all of...

Posted 07/05/2014

A2Z International Franchise has successfully franchised their A2Z School of English brand in Yemen and the new school is due to open in a bespoke building in the capital city of Sana’a in mid June 2014.

Private investors chose to set up an English Language school in Yemen in response to the growing need for English Language tuition in the country, where 90% of the population believe English is important to improve their job prospects.

They chose the A2Z School of English brand in part due to its communicative teaching method which enables students to learn English fast...

Posted 30/04/2014

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Index Card Games for ESL

by Raymond C Clark, Patrick R Moran