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In the current issue of Modern English Teacher...



Editorial


A note from the editor, Robert McLarty

 


Learner-centred approaches


A round table on learner-centred approaches
Robert McLarty leads a discussion on this important topic.

Power to the learner
Kat Robb suggests how teachers and learners can benefit by switching the focus.

A learner-centred approach
Nick Michelioudakis describes where and when he uses it.

 


Methodology


Small teaching: predicting
Hall Houston and Andrew Starck discuss aspects of small teaching in the first of a series.

 


Teaching listening


Listening – beware the smiling-class imperative
Richard Cauldwell introduces two factors which are preventing students from improving their listening skills.

Stop press! Using effective listening strategies in Academic English
Naheen Madarbakus-Ring describes her approach to teaching listening skills.

 


In my opinion


Off the mat and into the classroom
Laura Hadwin reflects on the transferability of yoga to English teaching.

Exercise as a form of professional support
Daniel Xerri describes the need to encourage teachers to keep both physically and mentally fit.


Teaching grammar


Grammar tap
Josh Kurzweil describes a way of helping students practise and remember key structures.


Learning difficulties


Supporting learners with dyslexia in the ESL classroom
Jennifer Yates looks at an area of concern to many learners and teachers.


Teaching reading


Better reading for learners
Craig Thaine revisits some of the traditional views on improving reading skills.

They need to read
Linda M Hanington and Willy A Renandya put into action their beliefs about extensive reading.


Classroom research


Developing oral skills
through poetry

Eun Seon Chung describes a research project she is planning with young learners based around poetry.


Speaking


Balancing accuracy and fluency
Thu Tran suggests ways of getting clear outcomes from oral communication classes.

The beauty of the interdental fricative
Simon Carruthers explains why learning a language is not only about communication.

 


In my opinion


To teach or not to teach poetry in the ESL classroom
Mohamed Yacoub argues passionately about the benefits of writing poetry in class.

 


Exam preparation


Chinese students: how they cope with IELTS Speaking & Writing
Austin Liu describes their results and some potential solutions.

 


Professional development


Teacher developing four years on
Mark Rooney and Catherine Thorpe show how their programme has succeeded over the last four years.

Reflecting on our experience
Ekaterina Arshavskaya describes the use of the MBTI personality test with her learners.

 


Practical ideas


Exploiting infographics
Lucas Kohnke and Billy Chan suggest a more creative approach to writing.

 


Business English


Using SWOT in Business English training
Ben Dobbs suggests ways of using this analytical tool in the classroom.

 


Professional development


10 things you can do with a decision
Keith Harding describes the importance of this key skill.

 


Speaking


The importance of rapport in the classroom
Leslie Forrest suggests ways to build, maintain and renew it.

 


Business English


The importance of English
Aloysious Clement and Murugavel Thanikachalam report on a study in India.


Reviews


Reviews
Roger Gower

A book I’ve used
Solutions Advanced (3rd edition)
Wayne Rimmer

Unlock – Basic Literacy
Sandee Thompson

From Rules to Reasons
Ben Naismith

ETpedia: Materials Writing
Brian Brennan

 

Background books

Best Practices for Blended Learning
Anthea Fester

Second Language Pragmatics
Rory O’Kane

 

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