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Intermediate+ speaking and reading worksheet:How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED translators

If you ask me, I like to reflect (and inspire my students to do the same) on learning languages and what works and what doesn’t, so I’m always happy to offer to my students such opportunities. Here is a worksheet … Continue reading

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a more personalised approach to ING and TO

The gerund vs infinitive grammar has always seemed quite tricky for teaching to me: I have always felt there wasn’t enough really good materials, especially for the one-to-one situation.  Of course there are all kinds of gap-fills and contextualised gap-fills (like … Continue reading

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the most (?) unusual place to teach English

Have you ever taught English (or any other language) in the middle of a field? I have – now I can put a tick in “ELT experiences list” 😉 it’s been some time before I published anything here. Well, the … Continue reading

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How to ask questions to encourage more fluency in class?

How to ask the right questions to provoke more speaking&discussion in class? You might have heard that to be good at (Business) English teaching, you don’t have to know all the specifics of our students’ business, you have to ask … Continue reading

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getting our students to focus on success

next time I get a new student, I’ll add one more point to my long-established 1st class procedures. it will be the GROW model suggested in “from English teacher to learner coach”. GROW stands for: goal -the end point where … Continue reading

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end-of-unit experiment (with a lot of information in brackets)

I’ve experimented with it a couple of times already, but not always has it been very successful – due to the lack of time, apparently. As this experiment is somehow in line with the ideas and attitudes proposed by “from … Continue reading

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multiple uses of newspapers & magazines for ELT

I love using real things for teaching English. By “real things” I mean something from real life – and not something specially developed for learning or teaching. That’s why I prefer usual movies (and not educational ones – they are … Continue reading

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Mistakes? Good!

This is a post about mistakes. Not about mistake/ error correction, not about mistakes being a sign of learning, but about benefitting from mistakes. Or rather, about how to use your learners’ mistake as learning (and teaching) material. What you … Continue reading

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What to do at a first class?

I love new beginnings, and you? Today is the last summer day, and a lot of new classes and courses are starting on September 1st. All these lessons are the chances of the new beginnings. There are actually 2 kinds … Continue reading

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Using images in class

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