Planning effective grammar lessons

How can we boost learner motivation when introducing a new grammar structure to our EFL students? Here are 7 tips on successfully planning our grammar lessons in order to promote language acquisition Choosing the appropriate lesson framework      Depending on our lesson’s specific aims it is helpful to keep a framework in mind for our …

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The role of grammar practice in foreign language learning

How can we design effective grammar practice activities that foster learning and encourage successful communication in the target language? Here are 7 tips on promoting our learners’ understanding of the newly introduced TL grammar structures through meaningful practice The role of grammar practice: what do we want to achieve?     Grammar practice has been traditionally …

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Vocabulary knowledge and language teaching: Choosing what to focus on

How can we boost our EFL learners’ vocabulary knowledge? How can we turn ‘input’ into ‘intake’? Here are 8 tips on selecting new lexis for our EFL lessons in order to promote language awareness and vocabulary acquisition     With regard to vocabulary teaching in a foreign language context Nation and Waring (1997) suggest that teachers …

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Promoting indirect vocabulary learning in the EFL classroom

How can we 'implicitly' boost our learners’ acquisition of TL lexis? Here are 7 tips on selecting authentic materials and tasks to promote indirect vocabulary learning in the EFL classroom     The term ‘incidental vocabulary learning’ is used to describe the acquisition of new TL lexis without any explicit instruction or focus on its meaning …

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