5 Ways to Make Grammar Fun

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

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!

posted in: Uncategorized | 1

 

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

posted in: Uncategorized | 25

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

posted in: Uncategorized | 2

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...

Teaching Large Class Sizes – How to get students communicating.

posted in: Uncategorized | 1

I recently had the opportunity to travel to China to lead some teacher training sessions and seminars as a representative of ATC.

O2012219193520ver 3 weeks, I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic group of teachers from several different middle schools in Zibo, North China.… continue...

This Week's FREE lessons - Download Now!

posted in: Uncategorized | 6

A2 Lesson – The Answer (Short Film)

shavingLesson – The Answer.

In this lesson, students will meet words/phrases for describing appearance while introducing them to ‘will’ for future predictions.   In this communicative lesson, students will work in pairs/groups to discuss the short animation, answering questions and then reading a review of the book ‘The Secret, which the short film is based on. … continue...

The Lesson Planning Checklist

posted in: Uncategorized | 26

lesson plan_223254835 (1)
When I first started teaching, I spent HOURS planning one solitary lesson! I couldn’t comprehend how a teacher could work full-time hours with all the planning you had to do.  Eventually this got easier; my lessons plans got shorter as my teaching became more instinctive, yet many times I felt that I didn’t really get to the heart of my lesson.… continue...

Adapting and Supplementing your Coursebook.


creative-peopleDoes this situation sound familiar to you?

You work in a language school where there is a syllabus designed around a coursebook. You feel a certain pressure from management, parents or students themselves to ‘get through’ the whole thing– course books are expensive after all.… continue...

1 2