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Grammar tap

Author(s):Josh Kurzweil

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

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Grammar instruction and the communicative approach – an unlikely pairing?

Author(s):Biljana Naumoska-Sarakinska

Is it possible to teach a communicative approach whilst insisting on grammatical accuracy? Biljana Naumoska-Sarakinska offers her opinions on which approaches work best for her.

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Six lessons you need never teach again

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Adapting your coursebook and not sure what to cut and what to keep? Nicola Prentis suggests a few grammar points you can easily leave out.

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Grammar without pron . . . is like food without taste (Part 2)

Author(s):Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill presents a list of ten activities for raising students’ awareness of pronunciation along with their ability to speak and listen .

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4 Misconceptions about Pronunciation

Author(s):David Dodgson

Inspired by the January 2018 issue of Modern English Teacher and a recent debate in his teaching centre, MET resident blogger David Dodgson addresses some common misconceptions about teaching pronunciation, and suggests some quick and easy ideas for incorporating more pron work into our classes.

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Fact, opinion or saying: the perfect minimalist lesson

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Robert McLarty describes a low preparation lesson with high yield.

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Teaching ideas to develop speaking competence

Author(s):Robbie Lee Sabnani

Robbie Lee Sabnani discusses ways to improve students’ thinking and oral skills.

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Strategies to augment reading comprehension

Author(s):Thu Tran

Thu Tran suggests ways of making reading more engaging.

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Mastering the art of delegation in Business English

Author(s):Ben Dobbs

Ben Dobbs discusses the language and soft skills required to delegate in English.

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Bringing Shakespeare into the classroom

Author(s):Helbing English

To be or not to be…’ This famous Shakespeare quote may be familiar to your students even if they haven’t read or seen Hamlet. In fact, given much of our everyday language contains expressions and idioms from Shakespeare, your students might recognise more words from his plays than they think. Consequently, it is worth tapping into his plays to enrich your language classroom.

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How to build your vocabulary

Author(s):Hung Hoang Le and Yimo Gou

Hung Hoang Le and Yimo Gou suggest ways of developing learners’ lexical knowledge.

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Ten tips for memorising vocabulary

Author(s):Fiona Mauchline

Some simple activities aimed at helping your learners remember new words.

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