Valentine's Day Lesson - B1

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Just how commercialised has Valentine’s Day become?  Learners give their opinion while using the Second Conditional as they ask and answer questions on the topic.

Learners also watch a short YouTube clip of an advertisement, re-ordering the pictures to tell the story before working in pairs to re-tell it in their own words.… continue...

Vote Now for ELT-Connect

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Voting is now open on Twitter for one lucky blogger to become Modern English Teacher’s guest blogger. VOTE HERE!

Read the three entries here and vote for your favourite.

We would be delighted to get your vote for our post ‘7 Tips for Teaching Large Classes’ but no pressure 🙂

Best of luck also to the two other semi finalists, Fatima and David.… continue...

Modern English Teacher - Competition Semi Finalist!

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I’m delighted to announce that has been shortlisted as one of three semi-finalists in Modern English Teacher’s Guest Blogger competition for our post ‘7 Tips for Teaching Large Classes’ which will be posted on the Modern English Teacher website very soon

Well done also to the two other semi finalists, Fatima and David.… continue...

British Council ‘Featured Blog of the Month’ Winner!

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British Council BadgeWe are delighted to have won the British Council’s Teaching English award ‘Featured Blog of the Month’ for the third time in March 2017 with our post ‘Fun with Phrasal Verbs’

Phrasal Verbs are one of the trickiest parts of the language and can become tiring for students who continue to struggle with their various uses so hopefully these fun games/activities will help liven up your classroom. continue...

IATEFL 2017 - Day Three: 'Empathy in Language Teaching'

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Empathy may be one of the qualities which distinguishes an average teacher from an excellent teacher in the eyes of the student. In this session, Kieran Donaghy (Film English) examines the importance of empathy in language education and proposes practical activities to encourage teachers, teacher trainers and students to be more empathetic.… continue...

IATEFL 2017 - Gavin Dudeney's 'The Teacher Toolbox'

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IATEFL 2017Despite feeling quite overwhelmed just looking at the agenda, torn at the number of parallel sessions and the thoughts of the workshops and talks i’m going to miss at IATEFL Glasgow 2017…  (and hoping they will be recorded so I can catch them later), I did come across this IATEFL interview of Gavin Dudeney as he outlines the aim of this upcoming workshop here called ‘The Teacher Toolbox’ which I don’t think I can afford to miss.… continue...

5 Ways to Make Grammar Fun

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Let’s face it, we’re unlikely to catch our students sitting on the edges of their seats waiting for us to once again review that grammar point, relishing in its structure (and exceptions to the rule).No, we’re more likely to get a ‘we’ve done this before’ or ‘I want to move up now’ response while we’re left having to explain (once again) that ‘although we’ve done it before, it doesn’t seem that way’ .… continue...

British Council 'Featured Blog of the Month' Winner!

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British Council BadgeWe are delighted to have once again won the British Council Teaching English award of featured Blog of the Month for October 2016 for our post ’10 Activities – Using Pictures in Class’

Using pictures in the classroom is just one of the activities that our teachers in ATC Language Schools use to help students meet their learning objectives in a fun and engaging way and can be a great supplement to your course book!continue...

10 Activities - Using Pictures in Class

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photoinesl_407318959A picture speaks a thousand words!  And you can get your students speaking just as many by using pictures in class.  Check out these fun and engaging communicative activities below.

I find these work at all ages and the best thing is that each task can be adapted to the level you are teaching and designed with a particular language focus in mind so whether you’re teaching the Past Simple at A1 or the use of cleft sentences at C1, you can pull from your bank of pictures and adjust your instructions as you see fit!!… continue...

Dyslexia in the ESL Classroom

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DyslexiaI have noticed a number of students in my class lately who have been diagnosed with dyslexia but I haven’t really known how to help them. I knew that these students might need a bit more time to complete a reading or writing task and that they would probably have problems with spelling but that was about it.… continue...

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