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Flashcard Games For Teaching English (With A Little Twist For Teenagers!)

A teacher teaching English with flashcard gamesAs Roald Dahl once said, “Life is more fun if you play games.” I could not agree more! That’s why I believe flashcard games can be an effective and practical tool to introduce a new set of vocabulary, revise newly taught words or as a way of starting a storytelling lesson. There are so many things to do with a bunch of flashcards. Playing flashcard games can help and encourage learners to maintain their work and enthusiasm. I believe every teacher has lots of games in their toolbox, and they get to choose one when needed. Continue reading


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English Pronunciation For A Global World: An Introduction

Teacher coaching a student on English pronunciationEnglish has become indisputably a language of global communication or an international language in the 21st century. As a result of the rapid and unprecedented pace of globalisation, English is now spoken by far more non-native speakers using a variety of different accents than native speakers. As such, for effective and successful communication in English, pronunciation skills are key. The major goal which is considered relevant and achievable for pronunciation teaching and learning is to achieve international intelligibility.  One way of teaching international intelligibility is to focus on the features that comprise the Lingua Franca Core (LFC). These features collectively constitute what it means to adopt an English as in International Language (EIL) approach to pronunciation teaching and learning. Effective pronunciation instruction involves helping learners negotiate the multiple native and non-native accents that they hear and integrating pronunciation alongside other language skills and assessment. Continue reading


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Teaching Digital Literacy – Whose Job Is It?

Blog - Teaching digital literacy - who's job is itLast December I took part in an online discussion about digital literacy. Amongst the many interesting questions posed by teachers, one question came up that I had never been asked before – Whose job is it to teach digital literacy?

As someone who teaches it as a subject, and also as part of my ELT lessons, I just assumed it was something any and all teachers should do. Which is pretty much the answer I gave at the time. However, the question came up several times. I feel my assumption is not held by everyone, so I’d like to use this opportunity to qualify my answer. Continue reading


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5 English Language Rules For Winning At Wordle!

Win at wordleWhat do ‘basic’, ‘truth’, and ‘style’ have in common? Well, they are five-letter words in the English Language and possible contenders for the daily Wordle!

Wordle is an online word game that was originally created by software engineer Josh Wardle for his partner and, since its creation, it has soared in popularity. Millions of people (including me) are now joining the fun, confusing our family and friends by posting multicoloured squares on newsfeeds everywhere. And it’s free to play – all you need is internet access! Continue reading


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Learner Agency: The Key To A Growth Mindset In The ELT Classroom

Learner Agency The Key To A Growth Mindset In The ELT ClassroomWhat is a growth mindset?

There are many benefits to teaching learners with growth mindsets. Students with a growth mindset believe that they are in control of their own ability to learn and improve. They are not afraid of challenges, viewing them as opportunities that can help them grow. Students are more confident, as they believe that they can learn from mistakes. They are not easily defeated by failures, as failures help them identify where they should invest efforts for success. They are resilient and will persevere in difficult learning conditions. Continue reading