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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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 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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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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10 qualities of a successful speaking activity

What strategies can EFL teachers adopt to boost the effectiveness of a speaking task? Here are 10 tips on designing a successful speaking lesson for the EFL classroom     When we ask about someone’s ability in a foreign language, the usual way of checking this is by asking “Do you speak…?”. This clearly shows that …

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How to choose effective lead-in activities to boost learner motivation

What are the main characteristics of a successful warmer? Here are 7 tips on choosing warm-up tasks for the EFL classroom     This blog post will mainly focus on the various aspects of a successful lead-in task, on how to introduce our lesson’s main goals and topic to our students by activating their previous relevant …

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The role of ‘noticing’ in grammar teaching

When is noticing successful? What methods can we use to bring a certain grammatical structure to our students’ attention? Here are 7 tips for effective grammar teaching in the EFL classroom The importance of noticing in successful language learning has been highlighted by many linguists and SLA researchers (Skehan, Long, Harmer, Thornbury). There seems to …

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Encouraging student participation in the EFL classroom

How can we give our students a more active role in language learning? Here are 7 points to consider in order to promote active learning and encourage learner autonomy in the EFL classroom. Making conscious decisions about the lesson     Active involvement is key to a successful learning environment. By letting our students have their …

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