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Resources, activities, lesson plans and ideas for the TEFL classroom.

English Language Testing

A Guide to Testing in English Language Teaching

When we train as English language teachers, testing is often one of the parts of the job that doesn’t get much attention. So here’s a guide to how, why and when we test our students, and how to do it well.

Used to

“Used to” lesson plan

This is a one hour lesson suitable for intermediate level learners. It uses a listening text to set the context for eliciting the target language.

Books and writing

Writing – Story grids

This activity needs minimal preparation and can be used as a filler, as written practice of a grammar point or to practise writing in different genres.

Language Acquisition vs Language Learning

Language Acquisition vs Language Learning

In order to acquire language, learners need a source of natural communication. Unfortunately, with adult students, a quick look at current methodologies clearly shows that communication is set aside, neglected or even disregarded.

Is Grammar Really Important for a Second Language Learner?

Grammar Teaching: Implicit or Explicit?

Should we be teaching grammar implicitly, in context and communicatively, or explicitly, with rules-based grammar lessons? Or is a combination of the two the most effective way?

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