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A selection of articles and essays related to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. If you wish, you can submit an article for possible publication.

Teaching Pronunciation is Important
This article speaks about the importance of teaching pronunciation, or accent reduction, to all ESL students, and includes ideas for lesson plans.

From Trainee Teacher to DoS and Beyond
Teachers need career pathways because if they don’t know where they’re going how can they expect others to follow?

Assessment and Evaluation Ideas
A look at strategies for assessing and evaluating students considering a specific group

How to Teach Modals of Possibility/Probability/Deduction
Short but thorough guide to teaching “must have done”, “can’t be”, etc.

If It Can Be Done At Home, Don’t Do It In Class
How to stop wasting class time.

How to Teach Giving Examples
Going beyond phrases such as “like” and “for example”.

Using Memory in EFL Classes
Using and expanding students’ memories while studying English as a foreign language.

First Lessons for Academic English Classes
How to start English for Academic Purposes classes in a pleasant and useful way.

How to Teach Clothes Vocabulary to Young Learners
What clothes vocabulary to teach and how to do so, including introducing loads of fun.

7 Word Formation Games
Fun classroom activities for prefixes and suffixes, especially useful for FCE, CAE and other exam classes.

How to Teach the Language of Prohibition
Presentation and practice ideas for adults and young learners studying “You can’t…”, “… isn’t allowed”, etc.

Games to Practise Want/Want to
Fun activities to practise talking about desires.

EFL Lessons on Parks
All kinds of lessons on the vital topic of green spaces in our towns and cities.

How to teach body parts to kids
An overview of which body words to teach and how.

How To Teach Want/Want To
How to present and practise a much neglected and badly taught verb for expressing desires.

How To Teach Requests
Presentation and practice of polite requests in communication inside and outside the classroom, including typical student problems.

Movement In Adult Classes
When and how to use TPR-like activities with adult learners.

EFL lessons on gardens and gardening
All kinds of lessons on a pleasant and surprisingly popular topic, also suitable for ESP students such as landscape architects.

TPR Games – Can/Can’t For Ability
Games with miming and other movement for the pronunciation and meaning of can and can’t.

9 Fun Activities for Can/Can’t for Ability
Ways of adding fun and loads of other useful language to what is usually your students’ introduction to modal verbs.

How To Teach Prepositions Of Position To Young Learners
A quick summary of what prepositions to teach kids and how to do so.

The Importance of Good Teacher-Student Relations
One of the main factors in achieving student satisfaction and getting the most out of your lessons is positive teacher-student relations.

Video tasks for prepositions of position
The unusual but suprisingly fun and effective combination of televisual images and words like “above” and “between”.

Drawing and crafts activities for prepositions of position
The great combination of artistic activities and words like “on”, “in” and “under”.

TPR Activities For Prepositions Of Position
Total Physical Response activities to practise on, under, next to etc with young learners.

Realia And Flashcard Activities For Prepositions Of Position
Ways of revising vocabulary as you present prepositions like “on” and “above”, or revising prepositions like these as you present new vocabulary.

How To Teach The Language Of Opinions
Teaching the language that students need in order to give and ask for opinions, rather than just asking them to do so.

Classroom Activities For The Language Of Opinions
Much more intensive language of agreeing and disagreeing etc than just the usual discussion questions.

Adding Language To Crafts
Ways to make sure craft activities develop students’ English ability as much as their artistic skills.

How To Teach Shapes To Young Learners
How to teach the CLILtastic topic of shapes, also vital for cutting down on L1 in classroom instructions.

Create Your Own Teaching English Job
Connor Davies offers tips for TEFL teachers who dream of self-employment.

How To Deal With Difficult Questions From One-To-One Students
Students often use the freedom of one-to-one classes to ask too many unimportant questions or questions the teacher can’t answer off the top of their head. This article offers some solutions.

How To Teach Kids Numbers 1 to 10
Stimulating and efficient ways of teaching the basics of numbers to young learners.

Native Speaker Myth: Death, Burial and Funeral of a Fallacy
A video about the native speaker myth.

Tying Functional Language In With Your Syllabus
Making sure that all classes get lots of functional language and that those lessons are useful for everyone.

Presenting Vocabulary in YL Classes
Be creative. Be appealing. Be quick. To make sure your students will remember all the new words you taught them, be fun and have fun as well!

Ideas on Classroom Management in YL Classes
Tips to make your Young Learner classes work like magic

Cool Corporate English Consciousness
Giving your corporate classes the best approach

Two Gateways for Teachers of English
Review of EnglishClub and

Word Up Review by Alex Case
The biggest hit in our school this year

Guide to Teaching EFL in France
An EFL teacher shares her experience of teaching in central France

Hands off that e-dictionary!
The (few) merits and (many) disadvantages of e-dictionaries from the author's point of view

Lexis - the new grammar?
How new materials are finally challenging established course book conventions

Marketing Your Language Program 101
The basics to successful promotion of your courses

A Student Like Me
Suggestions for those who aspire to re-enter the classroom to get a degree

Motivation and Motivating in EFL

Coursebook: Take it or leave it
We do not have to dispense with the textbook. We only have to disabuse ourselves of the tendency to take a coursebook as gospel.

Intellect or Affect?
Intellect or affect? one may ask. Certainly both. We should not view them as two forces vying with each other, but as the ends of a continuum that is called self-awareness and spiritual elevation.

Speaking Practice through Presentations

Are You Netting the World's best ESL Resource?

Classroom: Forum or Arena?
A look at some of the factors that play an important role in the teaching-learning situation.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Language Learning

SAC Shock!!
Tips for self access centres

Should ESL Instructors Speak Other Languages in the Classroom?

20 Presentation Tips for Your Students

Cutting Out Cutting Up
Tips for lesson plans

How Was the Dip?
A personal reflection on the DELTA

Notes on Using Video in the Language Classroom

The Cultural Dynamics of Teaching

The changing winds and shifting sands of the history of English Language Teaching

Ingredients for Successful Communicative Tasks

Taking off the Training Wheels

Language and Sex
Why can't a woman be more like a man?

Accommodation Theory
Each one of us is aware that our style of speech changes in the twinkling of an eye, as it were, depending on a wide range of variables...

An Introduction to "Befogging" Idioms
Do idioms really call the shots?