Selecting authentic materials to promote language learning

What are the key benefits of using materials designed for real life purposes in a foreign language lesson? Here are 6 tips on selecting authentic materials for the EFL classroom and on combining them with suitable activities that promote learner creativity      In many EFL teaching environments, students have limited exposure to L2 input outside …

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Using literature to teach grammar in the foreign language classroom

How can we use literary texts to introduce new grammar structures to our learners? Here are 8 tips on the effective use of TL literature to promote grammar learning and intercultural awareness in the EFL classroom Literature as a ‘decoding tool’                Integrating literature effectively in the language classroom to promote grammar learning while enriching …

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Introducing new language in the EFL classroom

Can we make ‘controlled practice’ of newly introduced lexis and grammar more meaningful and interactive? Here are 7 tips on personalizing guided practice activities to boost learner motivation in the EFL classroom     One of the ways our EFL students pick up new language forms best is through an ‘accurate reproduction stage’ (Harmer 2001:155), where …

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7 tips on teaching idioms in the EFL classroom

How can we effectively teach idiomatic expressions in a foreign language? Here are 7 points to consider when introducing L2 idioms to our language learners         It is estimated that the English language contains over 10.000 idiomatic expressions that are widely used both in written and spoken discourse. Whereas in our mother tongue we typically …

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Promoting vocabulary acquisition and retention in the EFL classroom

How can we enhance the acquisition and retention of L2 lexical items? How can we foster our learners’ memory skills and turn input into intake? Here are 7 tips on the teaching strategies we can adopt to boost vocabulary acquisition in the foreign language classroom     Richards & Schmidt (2002:457) define vocabulary retention as “the …

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