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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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10

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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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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27

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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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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06

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

How to… use emails for ESL teaching

In this day & age paperless teaching is the future.   Seeing that this is the case it should be no surprise that the next step should be using emails for ESL teaching.  How emails are incorporated in the out-of-class learning experience depends of course on the nature of the teaching environment as well as the needs of both student & teacher. Today we will consider using…

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Feb 2015

Teacher student interaction: teachers are learners too!

So, you’ve completed your TEFL course, gained your certificate and procured a job. The next part is, how do you do it vs how do you do it well. I personally don’t think there is a wrong and right way of teaching as everyone has their own way and each way works for them; providing the students are learning what they’ve set out to learn…

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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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