Differentiation in the classroom

Differentiation: Takeaways from the CELTYL Differentiation is a bit of a buzzword right now, but it is really important, particularly with mixed ability groups. To start with, you need to know your students. Once you are confident that your lesson plans are aimed at the average student in your class, you then need to understand how you can get more […]

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Storytelling with Young Learners

storytelling with young learners

Storytelling with young learners is such a broad topic, I think we’ll have a few posts about it however here goes for the first post. In my CELTYL, we used Elmer by David McKee over four weeks. Each week one of us would use a section of the book in a listening or reading activity. Before starting the reading there […]

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Authentic Material

authentic materials in the classroom

Authentic material is often overlooked by language teachers. Newspapers, magazines or brochures can expose learners to more realistic language. Choosing learning material for your students is an important consideration. One thing to think about is where you are getting materials from. So often I get bogged down in using a coursebook. It’s sometimes really nice to use materials from alternative […]

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Large Classes

managing large classes

Large classes used to make me very nervous I have developed a few strategies to get me through a class with as many students getting as much as possible. I’m going to share some of my ideas today. I should probably put a little disclaimer in here. These strategies aren’t foolproof. They don’t work all the time. They don’t work […]

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Process language

process language will engage your students

The genius of process language! I can’t believe I never used this before, it’s fantastic! I’ve also been wrongly getting annoyed with my students for using their L1, when in fact it has been my fault for not giving them the process language to complete the task. Process language is the language you give you students so they can complete […]

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