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Exploring model texts to improve writing

exploring-model-textsIn this post, I am writing about 5 ways to explore model written texts featured in coursebooks (Writing Reference section) to help students work on their writing. I have been using these ideas during my individual classes with adult students preparing for Cambridge First and Advanced exams.

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What online teaching should NOT be about

WHAT-ONLINE-TEACHING-SHOULD-NOT-BE-ABOUTOh, you teach English online! So, does it mean that you just chat with people on Skype and they pay you for it? Does one even need any teaching experience to do that? These are some of the questions I’ve heard from both teachers and non-teachers recently and they basically sum up what I think online teaching should NOT be about.

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Pronunciation Warm-up: Useless and Useful Activities. Guest post by Elena Mutonono

ELENA-MUTONONO-PRONUNCIATION-WARMP-UPS-(2)In her guest post, Elena walks us through introducing effective pronunciation warm-ups to our English lessons. Why are tongue twisters not necessarily the best way to go? What is linking? How to teach it? What do music videos have to do with it? Keep reading to find out.

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June 3-2-1

JUNE3-2-1June was all about videos. In this post, I’d like to share my 3 favourite video tools I have been using to incorporate video clips into my classes, 2 short videos I’ve used with different students on a number of occasions and they were always a big hit, and, finally, my new favourite online video series I’d recommend to any English language teacher and learner.

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1-2-1 classes with tweens: my favourite activities, part 3

1-2-1-CLASSES-WITH-TWEENS--MY-FAVOURITE-ACTIVITIES-PART-3This school year marks the first time I have had the opportunity to work with younger students on a 1-2-1 basis. My kids are 11 and 12, hence the tween label. In this series of posts, I would like to describe several activities that have worked particularly well during our classes (90 mins once a week). Here, you can read about my favourite activities that involve using photos taken by the students with their smartphones.

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