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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Certificate in Using Zoom With Speakers of Other Languages?

Unusual times calls for unusual measures and with lots of educational establishments being closed due to COVID-19, Cambridge English has temporarily allowed all components of the CELTA to be delivered online until the end of 2020. This is something that has never been done before; previously the input could be done online but the teaching…

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Why I prefer Zoom for English language teaching

Here in the UK, we’re a few weeks into remote teaching and learning and many of us (teachers and students) have been trying to get to grips with online classes. At the place where I work, Teams is being heavily pushed onto us by the senior management as a platform that is easy to use….

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Resources for teaching remotely

Recent events have resulted in the closure of educational establishments around the world. Some schools appear to be better prepared than others for the remote delivery of lessons. Unfortunately, the organisation where I work is scrambling to try to get things organised after having closed to students. While applications that enable classes to be taught…

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Teaching Contexts (CELTA)

One of the input sessions on our CELTA course looks at different teaching contexts. As the end of the course approaches, this is quite an interesting and valuable session because it gets the trainees thinking about different contexts they could find themselves teaching in post-CELTA; it’s easy to think that the classes you might find…

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Graham Shaw Shows You How You Can Draw

In two separate TED talks, Graham Shaw shows us how easy it is to draw and the value of drawing in terms of helping to remember things. I’ve often tried to get my learners to draw pictures to help them remember vocabulary and sometimes they react with a little reluctance, saying that they can’t draw….

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Book review: Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom

I have to admit that I don’t always enjoy teaching teenagers. They are unpredictable and often there are one or two students in the class whose behavioural issues spoil what would otherwise be a good class. Too often I find myself focusing my attention on bad behaviour at the expense of the rest of the…

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Skills for Life ESOL materials

The Excellence Gateway site has finally got round to organising the Skills for Life ESOL materials and presenting them on an ‘Exhibition Site‘. It is actually quite impressive, given the difficulty in locating resources previously on the main Excellence Gateway site. The menu at the top provides easy access to all of the ESOL materials…

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Warmers and fillers

Warmers and fillers are short activities that are used at the start a lesson or in the middle of a lesson to fulfil one or more purposes. These may include engaging learners, introducing some variety into a lesson and developing group dynamics. It is useful for a teacher to have a bank of these activities…

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Online-Stopwatch.com

Do you ever find it difficult to know the right time to tell learners to stop doing an activity? Do you find it difficult to fit everything you planned into the lesson? Using a timer may be the answer! Online-Stopwatch.com provides you almost every kind of timer you could ever want and some you never…

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Classtools.net

Classtools.net is a site that offers a number of useful tools for use in the classroom. One example is the QR code treasure hunt creator, which can be used to create quizzes.. In addition, the site also offers timers and selectors/name pickers, as well as some quirky apps like an arcade game quiz maker. This…

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