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Sharing Experiences: Food

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Feb 2016

Sharing Experiences: Food

Food. I love it. We have to eat it to survive but more importantly it defines who we are, where we are from and represents countries and cultures. ESL conversations require both students and teachers sharing experiences and in my opinion there is no better topic than food. Consider this: Spain has more restaurants, bars and cafeterias than all of Europe put together. In my…

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A perfect ESL conversation

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Jan 2016

A perfect ESL conversation

I’d like you to look back at your past experiences as a student. What were the best memories you had about those classes?What could you do to recreate them in your classroom? Personally, my best memories are the ones where I had the most fun. When the teacher thought outside the box and did something different and challenging for a change. It wasn’t so much the…

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Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

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May 2015

Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

Following on from the previous two blog posts, which you can read here and here, the third item in conjunction with a student’s success in learning a foreign language is, “using authentic materials”. Authentic materials are basically any materials that exist in the real world for native English speakers. Sources include: books, magazines, newspapers, videos, internet, etc. All of which are available everywhere. If you’re going to…

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What is intonation and why teach it?

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Mar 2015

What is intonation and why teach it?

What is intonation? The term ‘intonation’ refers to the linguistic use of pitch to convey meaning of a sentence and/or word and during your life as a TEFL teacher you will come across students who will have difficulty using intonation and stress in the correct manner – this means they may not be able to get their point across very well and, in turn, native…

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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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17

Mar 2015

ESL – Common Mistakes Students Make

In my last blog post I listed a few ‘false friends’ – English words that students confuse with words from their own language – in this one, I’m going to talk about common mistakes. Every single day, at least one student will say ‘he’ when they mean ‘she’ and vice versa. They also tend to say ‘he’ when talking about an animal whose gender they…

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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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27

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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20

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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13

Feb 2015

ESL error correction techniques for the classroom

As any experienced ESL teacher knows, the type of language errors students make are as diverse as the students themselves & their attitude toward learning.  This in turn will dictate which of the ESL error correction techniques will be most applicable (if any should be used).  Today we will consider techniques to increase students accuracy & improve their awareness in order to promote self-correction.  In order to illustrate the different techniques…

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