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July 2020 issue out now

In this month's issue of Modern English Teacher, Robert McLarty reflects on the challenges faced by teachers and students as classrooms moved online.

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In the current issue of Modern English Teacher...

From one day to the next
Caroline Knight describes the process of getting the students in the school to go from live teaching to online teaching within a week.

From reaction to creation
Michael Lacey Freeman suggests ways of using readers to bring learners together and develop creativity.

Working in teams
Wing Wu describes three apps to promote virtual talk during real-time teaching.

Am I dyslexic in Korean?
Rachel Connabeer decided to learn Korean during a break from teaching. What did she learn about herself? How useful were the materials? What was the flow of the lessons like?

The four commonplaces: teaching and learning in the time of COVID
Lea Bertacco describes the four key aspects of learning context, materials, teacher and learner. How does that change in an online context? How does the teacher and the materials have to evolve?

Proxemics and pandemics
With careful planning and useful up-to-date software and learning platforms, learning can be optimised. Learners need to be taught strategies to help them take advantage of the online context. Teachers need to remember the importance of fun between activities.

Keeping the ball rolling
A series of tips on maintaining a good learning atmosphere through positive body language, spontaneity, useful apps and proximity and availability to your students.

Unmasking the validity of exams
Students do not always understand the rationale behind assessments and exams nor what useful subskills are being tested. By being clear with your class they can become more motivated.

Assessing oral interaction
A group of assessors describe the steps needed to ensure all candidates are being judged based on the same criteria.

Teaching cohesive devices using a speech
Daniel Costa uses a speech by Barack Obama to illustrate various cohesive devices as a means to show the importance of text analysis.

Reflective practice
Glenda Demes da Cruz describes a
valuable tool in teacher development. How can teachers improve? How can they help others? What small changes will help?

When is a story not just a story?
Jeremy Harmer uses stories to teach language in context and to show language in action. Stories can be paused at any moment for linguistic or content reasons offering learners real opportunities to interact.

IPA: symbols of power?
Mark Hancock investigates using the IPA and argues that it is a phonemic rather than phonetic chart. It is a useful guide to pronunciation but not all sounds are and accents are precisely covered.

Aligning astrology and cognitive skills: positive signs for our times
This article takes the theme of astrology and uses it for a wide range of critical thinking skills such as analysing, applying evaluating and creating. Laura Hadwin argues that it is a theme.

Planning, writing and proofreading
Do your students really understand how to plan and write a summary? How can you help them? Roy Edwards concludes a three-part series.

Socialisation through writing
How much do your students know about the local area and community? Elena Shvidko shows how community resources
can be used as an instructional tool for
creating writing projects and activities.

Are presentations undervalued on EAP courses?
George Murdoch describes the importance of the different stages students need to follow to progress towards making good oral presentations.

Handling and avoiding questions in presentations
Ben Dobbs investigates the different kinds of questions and offers ways of practising handling them and choosing the right language.

2020: The future is already here!
Kat Robb describes how she teaches and what software and apps she cannot do without. She explains how we can use the same apps we use in our daily life to make our teaching more engaging and dynamic.


Jodie Campbell describes the process and technicalities of creating a learner-centred website for your class using Weebly.

A-Alpha, B-Bravo, C-Charlie
James Clanton suggests ways of using spelling alphabets for listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises, used as warmers and with exams and quizzes often turning unplanned gaps into a productive learning experience.

Being the new Director of Studies – Part two
How to carry out lesson observation? How to organise professional development? How much help will teachers accept? Matthew Hallett describes the opening weeks of term in a new position.