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.
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.
Strategies And Best Practices For Teaching English To Students With Learning Difficulties
Between five and ten per cent of any given population are estimated to have some degree of learning difficulty. This article suggests what to watch out for and ways to make learning easier and less of a challenge for your LD students.
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.
Teaching English ~ Why It’s Easier Than You Think To Create Your Own Job
Connor Davies offers suggestions 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.
The Native Speaker Myth: Death, Burial, and Funeral of a Fallacy
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG8q99fLn0o[/youtube] The Native Speaker Fallacy is unwilling to be laid to rest. This fallacy, or myth, wants to live forever. It seduces language learners, it entices school owners, it promises global travel, fun, and adventure. There is something for everyone in this myth. Its useful to all of us, in one way or another. So […]
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
Ideas on Classroom Management in YL Classes
Cool Corporate English Consciousness
Two Gateways for Teachers of English
Word Up Review by Alex Case
Guide to Teaching EFL in France
Hands off that e-dictionary!
Lexis - the new grammar?
Marketing Your Language Program 101
A Student Like Me
Coursebook: Take it or leave it
Intellect or Affect?
Classroom: Forum or Arena?
Cutting Out Cutting Up
How Was the Dip?
Language and Sex
An Introduction to "Befogging" Idioms