Introducing pragmatics-focused materials in the foreign language classroom

What are the benefits of incorporating pragmatics in the EFL classroom? Here are 5 tips on fostering language learning by effectively developing our learners’ pragmatic competence in the target language. While native speakers are usually able to identify a grammatical error produced by a non-native speaker, they may not do the same or react in …

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Evaluating centrally produced language learning materials: some pros and cons

What should we expect from a language coursebook to foster language learning? Here are some tips on maximizing language learning opportunities through the use of centrally produced materials Even though we need to be careful when selecting coursebooks for our specific classrooms, we cannot completely break away from textbook material as they, most of the …

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Genre and register in language education

Why are genre and register useful concepts in language teaching? How can we use them to maximize learning opportunities in the EFL classroom? Here are 5 tips on using register and genre to promote language learning. Register is concerned with the linguistic features of a text that reflect the social context in which the text …

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Teaching receptive skills: the main goals of a reading activity

What are the main teaching aims of a reading task in the EFL classroom? Here are 8 points to consider when selecting authentic reading activities for our learners. Boosting student motivation through engaging reading activities Instilling the ‘reading bug’ to our learners may be one of the greatest achievements of a language teacher. We need …

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The role of inductive grammar learning in the EFL classroom

How can we effectively use inductive learning in our EFL grammar lessons? Here are the main advantages of learning by discovery and some key points to consider when designing inductive grammar activities for our language classroom.       “Inductive learning means that examples are encountered before rules are inferred; deductive learning means that rules are presented …

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Writing skills practice in the EFL classroom

How can we select engaging, authentic tasks to boost our EFL learners’ writing in the TL? Here are 7 criteria for selecting the most suitable activities for a writing skills lesson. Focus on the overall aim of the lesson     When selecting writing tasks for our EFL classroom our main focus should be on whether …

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Correcting our EFL students’ written work

What are the main guidelines we should follow when correcting our students’ written work? Here are 7 tips on providing constructive feedback to our learners that will foster language learning     Writing is one of the most critical skills in foreign language learning as learners have to turn their input into output and produce a …

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The importance of efficient monitoring in the EFL classroom

Can effective monitoring boost language learning? Here are 7 tips on taking efficient classroom management decisions and offering useful feedback to our learners while we monitor their progress on a specific task. In his book Learning Teaching, Jim Scrivener (1994:7) stresses the importance of ‘creating the conditions in which learning can take place’ for a …

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