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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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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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The role of collaborative writing in the EFL classroom

How can we turn writing tasks into a stimulating, collaborative activity? Here are 8 tips on boosting learner interaction and language learning through creative writing activities     For Harmer, ‘successful language teaching’ should be judged according to the ‘balance of the activities our students are involved in’. Since in most EFL classroom scenarios learners have …

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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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