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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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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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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Selecting authentic materials to promote language learning

What are the key benefits of using materials designed for real life purposes in a foreign language lesson? Here are 6 tips on selecting authentic materials for the EFL classroom and on combining them with suitable activities that promote learner creativity      In many EFL teaching environments, students have limited exposure to L2 input outside …

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7 tips on teaching idioms in the EFL classroom

How can we effectively teach idiomatic expressions in a foreign language? Here are 7 points to consider when introducing L2 idioms to our language learners         It is estimated that the English language contains over 10.000 idiomatic expressions that are widely used both in written and spoken discourse. Whereas in our mother tongue we typically …

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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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