7 tips on integrating literature in the EFL classroom

   How can we use literature as a tool to promote foreign language learning? Here are 7 key points to consider when using literary texts in the EFL classroom: L2 literary texts as part of the CLIL (Content and language integrated learning) approach to teaching. Focus on content and form     It is important to …

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EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT GRAMMAR TEACHING: 7 key points to consider when introducing new grammar to an EFL classroom

To what extent should we explicitly introduce new grammatical structures to our students? How can our learners benefit from implicit teaching? Here are 7 key points to consider when introducing a new grammatical structure in an EFL classroom Meaningful context     Grammar practice is most effective when it is meaningful and contextualized. Grammar should not …

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8 WAYS TO INCREASE LEARNER MOTIVATION IN THE EFL CLASSROOM

8 WAYS TO INCREASE LEARNER MOTIVATION IN THE EFL CLASSROOM      How can we motivate and engage our learners? How can we make sure that our students show up in the language classroom not because they ‘have to’ but because they ‘want to’? Intrinsic motivation (that comes from a genuine ‘love’ for learning languages not …

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TEACHING VOCABULARY USING NATURALLY OCCURRING DATA: 10 ideas on the use of language corpora in the EFL classroom

    Further to my previous blog post on the importance of adapting materials to foster language learning, I will now focus on the use of raw corpus data for the design of vocabulary activities that promote the acquisition of lexis. What do language corpora have to offer to an EFL classroom?     Activities based on …

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The importance of lesson planning: 5 reasons why teachers should religiously stick to their ‘homework’

I truly believe that it is essential, especially for new teachers to devote even a small amount of time each day (as part of their own 'homework') and write down the desired lesson process in a clear, concise and organized way. As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, I do believe that keeping …

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Materials adaptation as the key to successful foreign language learning and teaching

4 thought-provoking questions for new EFL teachers to ponder on I am writing this post in order to stress the importance of evaluating and adapting the materials teachers are planning to use in the language classroom according to their learners’ specific needs. It is essential, especially for teachers with little experience who are new to …

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