Posted 25/08/2014

Today, we are going to introduce to you the Lexical Syllabus Approach. This foreign language teaching approach was developed by Michael Lewis in the 1990s. According to the Lexical Syllabus, the basis of language is to be found in its vocabulary as well as the relations between its separate items.

History

Back in 1988, John Sinclair defined the approach in his book, The...

Posted 22/08/2014

Not long ago, we addressed the situation of your lessons finishing early i.e. you are done will all planned work in advance and you can engage in filler activities. Now, let us see what happens when you don't have enough time to cover all of the lesson material. Here are 5 tips for you to follow.

 

1.Evaluate the Reasons

Why is it that you...

Posted 20/08/2014

Let me guess. You know for a fact that a student whose native tongue is one you are familiar with is constantly engaging in translation to and  from English in their head? Or, there is a student that consistently and despite all your corrections keeps on using the same grammar and expressions that are not only wrong but also sound very weird? You are not alone. Most ESL teachers witness a pathological reluctance of students to think in English.

 

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Posted 17/08/2014

                                                                               Esl Verbs (Quickstudy) Pamphlet

 

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Posted 07/08/2014

In today's article, we are going to present to you an innovative method that you might have heard of in relation to celebrities' names and recent developments in the field of language learning.

The Michel Thomas Method claims to teach a new language in 'hours' rather than 'years.' Its focus is on audio materials and on people's natural ability to absorb what they hear, without needing to consciously...

Posted 03/08/2014

Usually, teachers do not manage to go through the whole lesson plan that they are prepared because of all these unpredictable situations that make classes interesting : a student came up with a question that you would not have thought of ; something was mentioned that caused you to make a 10-minute aside from the learning material, etc. But what about the rarer situation when you end up completing all of the work you had planned to in less than one class's time ?

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Posted 30/07/2014

'A picture paints a thousand words,' or 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' an anonymous saying goes. I don't know if the original setting of these words of wisdom was the ESL classroom, but it should have been.

 

I am not referring to the usefulness of 'describe the picture' exercises or picture books/dictionaries (especially popular for children). These are elaborate, integrated, logical,...

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...

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...

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.

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