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Teaching tips - Teaching exam classes

 
  08-Jun-2015  
  This article addresses the reasons for taking an English language exam, the types of exams, using motivation in the exam classroom, keeping it fun and real, teaching exam techniques, what is tested and tips for improving the learners’ English.

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Teaching tips - Understanding BICS and CALP

 
  09-Mar-2015  
  BICS and CALP refer to a conversational/academic distinction introduced by Cummins (1979) between basic interpersonal communicative skills and cognitive academic language proficiency.

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Teaching tips - Promoting the use of mobile devices in language learning

 
  23-Oct-2014  
  If you find your students are obsessed with their phones, tablets and laptops, and you struggle to compete for their attention with their mobile devices, take heart. You may be able to channel this device addiction constructively.

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Teaching tips - Teaching pronunciation

 
  10-Jun-2014  
  Teaching pronunciation in the foreign language classroom can be achieved through small, simple implementations while simultaneously bringing a lot of joy laughter and unity to your language learners.

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Teaching Tips - Teaching Writing Communicatively

 
  04-Feb-2014  
  Language teachers often fall in the trap of assigning writing tasks to either keep their students busy, quiet or to free up classroom time for themselves.  This way of approaching writing lessons does not cultivate a love for writing and students do...

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Teaching tips - The possibility of applying CLIL principles in a South African context

 
  09-Dec-2013  
  Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) focuses on the teaching of curricular subjects in a language other than the students’ mother tongue. In South Africa less than 10% of our population speaks English as their mother tongue, yet the majori...

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Teaching Tips - Using your learners as a resource – Teaching unplugged

 
  07-Oct-2013  
  Observing a class of trainee teachers doing teaching practice recently, I was uncomfortably aware of how little the language learners in the class had been encouraged to engage in authentic interaction with each other or with the teacher.

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Teaching tips - Tips for teaching grammar

 
  05-Aug-2013  
  Research has shown that explicit grammar teaching can lead to sustained improvements in learners’ language accuracy.

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Teaching tips - Learning to talk and talking to learn

 
  28-May-2013  
  As English teachers, we have the double task of teaching the language, but then also using that same language as a vehicle to teach other skills. 

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Teaching tips - Aiding accuracy and fluency

 
  26-Mar-2013  
  A shift in perspective has focused on the practical benefit of basing language courses on the role that lexis plays in language learning and acquisition.

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