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  • Teaching Students to Interact, Not Just Talk   (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) -   Very often in EFL there are two major type of talk; the teacher’s (usually in the form of a question, or a request to practise a structure) and the L2’s (usually a straight answer to the question posed by the teacher or a drill-type operation which sees the L2 inserting his own information into the gaps provided.  While this ...
  • LET’S HEAR IT FOR STEREOS! (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Uncategorised -   Stereos? Stereotypes! Americans are loud, British are cold, Chinese are inscrutable. That kind of thing. When we meet a problem or setback in international meetings and negotiations we all tend to retreat into our views of national stereotypes. But what if those stereotypes were true?   There’s a saying in English. ‘There’s no smoke without a fire!’ Stereotypes had ...
  • HOW TO DEAL WITH GLOBAL BUSINESS DIFFERENCE (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Uncategorised -   WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? International managers agree, international JV’s, M&A’s and supply chain management fail because of a failure to take global business differences into account.   WHY? The reason is that different business partners, clients and suppliers have different expectations of the business relationship, different communication styles and different approaches to management.   THE CONSEQUENCES? Problems with quality specification, ...
  • Are you too direct at work? (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Uncategorised - I’ve recently consulted with a number of companies who have asked me to coach staff members who are considered too direct at work. These are often project managers or office staff who, under pressure, give direct orders, show anger and are seen to be dogmatic, dominant, uncooperative, and unsupportive. If you are too direct at work, here are twelve things ...
  • Five Top Tips for being a great Homestay English Tutor (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Teacher - Student Experiences, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - The art of being a successful homestay English teacher relies as much on Emotional Intelligence (EI) as it does teaching expertise. A group class teacher needs to be a master of classroom management so that everyone feels involved and part of the group. Depending on which age range is being taught, it can also involve an element of crowd control! ...
  • Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Lemon (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Recipe Ideas - Tagliatelle with mushrooms and lemon Serves 4  Ready in 30 minutes Ingredients: 8-10 large black field, parasol or portabello mushrooms 2 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1/2 tsp salt 500g fresh egg tagliatelle Finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon 2 tbsp butter 50g freshly grated vegetarian Parmesan Fresh tarragon or thyme leaves, to garnish 1. ...
  • Useful Websites (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Learner Autonomy, Skills and Strategies, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - Many thanks to the teachers who have shared the following sites.  All are useful sources of material: http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/businessfocus/language/ http://www.english-online.org.uk/biz/bizhome.htm http://www.businessenglishonline.net/e-lessons/ http://www.onestopenglish.com/emailservice.htm http://www.skyline-english.com/emailservice.htm
  • Teaching Idea: Using drilling in the classroom (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Learner Autonomy, Skills and Strategies, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - The point of drills If you get someone to repeat something often enough, they’ll usually get it right in the end. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that they’ll get it right the next day or the day after that. If we drill the third person singular –s day after day, lesson after lesson, some students will still forget to use it ...
  • Our Naked Chef – Prawn Risotto in 30 minutes (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Hosting Tips and Ideas, Recipe Ideas - Sainsburys have and excellent website with recipes like:  Meals on a Budget, Feed your family for a fiver, Meals in 30minutes.  Here is a creative example: Try heating the oil in a large frying pan. Cook the peppers over a medium heat for 5 minutes, or until they soften. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, melt ...
  • Teaching Idea: Focus on Brainstorming (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Learner Autonomy, Skills and Strategies, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - Brainstorming vocabulary is always a useful warm up or pre-lesson activity for all levels: usually the brainstorming is relevant to what follows e.g. a lesson looking at the weather will be preceded by teasing out various weather related vocabulary, expressions and idioms.  This helps the student pre-learn any difficult or unusual terms which may be necessary in understanding the lesson as well ...
  • Anagrams (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: InTuition News - We just found out that InTuition Languages as an Anagram is: a gelatinous uniting. Here are some sent in by Andrew Brown in Norwich: Dormitory:  Dirty Room Presbyterian:  Best in Prayer Astronomer:  Moon Starer George Bush:  He bugs Gore The Morse code:  Here come dots Election results:  Lies, Let’s recount Eleven plus one = twelve plus two Mother – in ...
  • Teaching Idea: Written conversation or role play (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - Step 1 Conduct a conversation but only in written form. Take a piece of paper and write a question to your student and give him or her the paper to write an answer on. Step 2 Go back and forth like this until you have a good sized sample of writing. This can be used as the basis for correcting ...
  • A piece for Lexophiles (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Learner Autonomy, Skills and Strategies - I take no responsibility for these, but thank you to  Peter and Jean Reeve who submitted them: A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired. A will is a dead giveaway. A backward poet writes inverse. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds. The man who fell onto ...
  • Our Naked Chef – goes Veggie (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Recipe Ideas - Sometimes the thought of a vegetarian student can be daunting to being creative with the meals.  The fact is there are so many ideas out there that are quick, cheap and tasty. Here’s one: Ingredients 4-5 large potatoes (peeled and quartered) large wedge of cheese (grated) 1 tomato ( cut into slices) 1 onion (chopped) seasoning (however you prefer) Method Boil ...
  • There’s life after lessons (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Hosting Tips and Ideas, Teacher - Student Experiences, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - One of the main benefits of host teaching is the ability to reinforce what you have taught with an afternoon activity.  Clearly this has to be planned around the students needs but they can certainly achieve two objectives, providing an interesting excursion and developing their language awareness.  That is where the immersion bit comes into our courses!The concept of Excursions is ...
  • Speaking, Listening and Writing (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Hosting Tips and Ideas, Teacher - Student Experiences, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - My experience, so far, of excursion planning is to elicit student knowledge and/or places of interest to visit (eg London) the day before. What might we see- shops, food, restaurants, people etc etc.  It is mostly a speaking and listening exercise- we read tourist information from the web sites or brochures.(depending on student level). For a follow up writing exercise ...
  • Memorable excursions (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Hosting Tips and Ideas, Teacher - Student Experiences, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - I always make the excursions central to the programme and I plan lessons around the excursions and include subjects like the Royal Family (visit to either Windsor or Buckingham palace), the judicial system in the UK (usually involves a visit to the courts), our parliamentary system, (visit to the houses of parliament), popular culture (visit to the pub), places of ...
  • Lightening Formal Studies (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - I greatly enjoy what I call active learning; so after a formal session in the morning or in the latter part of the morning, I introduce the student to background information around the area that we are planning to visit. For instance, Bladud and the Pigs is always of interest to the students and information about him is on show ...
  • Reportage and Interviews (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - We put a great deal of thought into our excursions and try to organise them around the student’s interests.  Having said that, among other things we do is the Broadstairs quiz (hardly innovative, I know) but which involves the students having to find and find out various things about Broadstairs and having to use the language depending on their level, ...
  • Theatre and Ballroom Dancing (3/28/2017) by InTuition Languages Posted in: Teacher - Student Experiences, Teaching Ideas and Methodology (Applicable to all levels) - I have found that going to see a modern play in the West End, if preceded and followed by studying the written dialogue beforehand, blends the social excursion programme with vocabulary, pronunciation, tense and sentence construction lessons. Plays such as Enron, Blood Brothers, Onassis, Educating Rita, Art, etc. are easy to buy tickets for and it’s easy to buy the book ...

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