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Posted 12/12/2014

When I was undergoing my initial teacher training, I was surprised to see that one of the points I was evaluated on stated 'teaching the student what methodology to use.' I thought it was us teachers that had to worry about methods, and that students should simply be let progress in the language. However, I was soon to understand the significance of the point.

 

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Posted 23/11/2014

You are thinking of attending A2Z's newly launched Trinity CertTESOL course ? Here are five main reasons why you may choose to do so :

 

  1. Good Start

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Posted 18/11/2014

A2Z School of English Manchester had the pleasure of welcoming agents from all over the world thanks to a Fam Trip organised by the English UK North.


As part of the event we had a chance to show the agents around the school premises, introduce them to the reception and management teams, and of course give a demonstration of the A2Z method!


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Posted 16/11/2014

Today, we are going to introduce to you the Comprehension Approach to learning foreign languages.

 

Definition
 

The term denotes several teaching methods that focus on a learner's ability to understand a language before...

Posted 09/11/2014

All ESL teachers know that there are a myriad reasons (personal, professional, academic, etc.) for one to wish to learn English. The truth is that the particular reason behind one's initial purpose rarely has strong impact on their studies. However, there is one situation that really impedes one's progress and, what is worse, enjoyment of the learning process : a sense of obligation for learning English. For students who feel that they simply 'have to' learn English, it does not matter what they do in class or even if they...

Posted 28/10/2014

A phonetic language is one that has a direct and predictable correlation between sounds and spelling. That is to say that once you hear a word, you know exactly how to write it. Likewise, seeing a written word suffices for you to know how to pronounce it correctly. Phonetic languages include Spanish and Polish, for instance. An example of a fully non-phonetic language is Chinese, as its characters are clearly not based on sound qualities. It is important to note that there are also many languages that, although inclined in one direction or the other, are neither fully phonetic...

Posted 21/10/2014

The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide:

Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels

by Larry Ferlazzo and  Katie Hull Sypnieski

 

The title of this teachers' resource is anything but modest. And it does, in reality, encompass a large...

Posted 12/10/2014

TPR Storytelling or TPRS stands for 'Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling'. This relatively new teaching method encourages students to acquire a foreign language through the pleasant, relaxing, and easy activities of listening to, reading, and telling stories.

History

TPRS was developed by...

Posted 03/10/2014

Teaching ESL/EFL with the Internet: Catching the Wave

  (by Carine M. Feyten, Michelle D. Macy, Jeannie Ducher, Maktoto Yoshii, Eunwook Park, Brendan D. Calandra, and John Meros)

 

This guide was written by several teachers and scholars from the University of Southern Florida with different fields of expertise. It is especially suitable for newbies but can...

Posted 17/09/2014

The Pimsleur Method counts among today's most popular language learning methods. It consists ultimately of audio lessons . A reading programme also exists, but it only has a secondary position. The method relies on simplicity, quickness of learning and the acquisition of native-like pronunciation.

As translation has a key role within the Pimsleur method, it is composed in language pairs. The study of English is currently available for native...