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Emotions in Language Teaching
In any classroom there are a whole range of emotions from those of each individual learner to those of the teacher. Are we aware of these emotions? Can they be used to improve communication? Understanding and managing emotions are a vital tool in the teacher’s repertoire.

Linking theory with practice on an MA TESOL programme
Douglas Bell describes a programme he ran where the focus was on linking theory directly to practice. Rather than opting for information transfer, he encourages information creation.

Technology and acceptance
By looking at factors such as ease of use and perceived usefulness, a teacher can make informed decisions on what technology to use and when to use it.

Technology tips for three instructional contexts
Which tools are going to help learner engagement? Which ones are going to make learning more efficient? Which ones will help learners think more critically. This article suggests a range.

Technology both inside and outside the classroom
How collaborative are some of the tasks you use? How can technology increase the collaboration and communication within a class? Using cell phones as minicomputers in the class has huge benefits.

Online and engaged
In the first of two articles, the authors offer a range of activities designed to interest and motivate online learners. These activities are originally classroom based but work equally well online.

Online Materials – here to stay?
How much has changed since teaching moved online? Are the materials more adapted to online use? What are the benefits of blended learning?

What’s the point of rediscovering America?
If you are looking for relevant, engaging, quirky and authentic content, then advertising is a rich source. In this article the author offers a range of activities to use alongside real advertisements.

Technology to develop speaking in the new era of teaching
A combination of synchromous and asynchronous activities allows learners to develop, improve and correct their oral skills with help from classmates and teacher. The approach is based around the State Elaborate Explain structure.

Using graphic organizers for academic writing
The connection between organisation and creation is an important one in writing and this article encourages the use of tools which help learners organise and visualise their thoughts as a vital stage of planning.

Using Zoom to create videos
Andrew Boon describes the process he used to put together a programme of useful PD sessions all recorded on Zoom.

Why write your own materials?
Are you trying to create personalised materials which are both motivating and useful? This series offers advice and guidance to materials writers at all stages.

The questions we ask
Irina Malinina shows how we can create more meaningful activities for learners which will generate more ideas and activities.

The case for exam moderation workshops
In this article, Jim Fuller looks at why exam moderation should be a part of development programmes and five workshops that aim to develop teachers' awareness of exam criteria and content.

The power of community in ELT
In this article, Steve Tulk shares with you his experience of running ELT community groups during the UK’s pandemic lockdown – and looks at the impact that joining groups like these can have on our personal wellbeing, our professional development, and our industry in general.

13 feedback errors some managers make
The article looks at a range of tips for managers to ensure that feedback is properly handled for the benefits of school, staff and students.

Magnificent brochure skies: a great journey
What language is necessary for selling and promoting holidays? What specific vocabulary and expressions are present in brochures and on tourism websites? How can this language be practised?

The News Clip Project
As we look to offer more authentic, up-to-date and meaningful content in our classes, what could be more practical than classes making their own news reports? Allowing each member of the group to play to their strengths, this lesson is really useful and engaging.

Mirroring for English
How do you take a student with heavily accented English and get them to deliver a presentation which sounds intelligible and credible? By working on rhythm, intonation, stress and pausing using the model of a native speaker might be one way. The article provides a step by step plan for a course.

The right question at the right time
In this article, Zoe Smith argues that by referring to a “cheatsheet” of Socratic questions, teachers can expand their questioning repertoire as well as learners’ analytical processing.

Setting up an online book club
Why don’t students read as much as they could? What stops them developing the habit of reading for pleasure? How can it be encouraged with being made obligatory? Morag McIntosh explains the steps.

Why we should stop encouraging students to ‘study’ for that big language exam
Do your learners worry more about tests than lessons? Do your colleagues put assessment before learning? Are they studying rather than practising? For success in language learning, practice is vital.

The book I always refer to
Jason Anderson chooses a teacher development title which has had a huge impact on his career.