Teaching Students to Interact, Not Just Talk  

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  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 …

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Five Top Tips for being a great Homestay English Tutor

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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! …

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Useful Websites

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Many thanks to the teachers who have shared the following sites.  All are useful sources of material: https://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/businessfocus/language/ https://www.english-online.org.uk/biz/bizhome.htm https://www.businessenglishonline.net/e-lessons/ https://www.onestopenglish.com/emailservice.htm https://www.skyline-english.com/emailservice.htm

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Teaching Idea: Using drilling in the classroom

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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 …

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Teaching Idea: Focus on Brainstorming

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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 …

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There’s life after lessons

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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 …

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Speaking, Listening and Writing

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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 …

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Memorable excursions

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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 …

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