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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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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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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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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Using literature to teach grammar in the foreign language classroom

How can we use literary texts to introduce new grammar structures to our learners? Here are 8 tips on the effective use of TL literature to promote grammar learning and intercultural awareness in the EFL classroom Literature as a ‘decoding tool’                Integrating literature effectively in the language classroom to promote grammar learning while enriching …

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Introducing new language in the EFL classroom

Can we make ‘controlled practice’ of newly introduced lexis and grammar more meaningful and interactive? Here are 7 tips on personalizing guided practice activities to boost learner motivation in the EFL classroom     One of the ways our EFL students pick up new language forms best is through an ‘accurate reproduction stage’ (Harmer 2001:155), where …

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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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