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Warm-Up Activities For New Classes

Warm up activities, students around a laptopThe best warm-up activities are all about getting students engaged, and providing them with new interesting ways to work together and connect. They should make the students feel stimulated and allow for personalisation where possible. Don’t error correct during warm-up activities. The emphasis should be on fluency and building trust and rapport. Here are some great warm-up activities suitable for teens and adults to get your classes off to a flying start!

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6 Practical Motivation Tips To Help Your Students To Learn English

Motivation Tips To Help Your Students To Learn English: students in a classroom raising their handsIf you were one of the 25,000 people who registered for ELTOC 2021, then you might have noticed that Motivation was one of the themes for this years’ online conference, hosted by Oxford University Press. I can speculate why there was a demand for this, having just read a news article informing me that it is a year to date (at the time of me writing this) that the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 as a pandemic. For many of us, we’re still in a state of lockdown, and so the motivation to do anything is seemingly hard to come by. Continue reading


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How To Teach Students About Energy | Eco In The ELT Classroom

forms of energy generation - windmill and pylonsWe use energy in everything we do, from the automatic things we do such as breathing to the more conscious things such as doing exercise. If the energy we eat equals the energy we use in our daily activities, we do not gain weight. The energy we consume is used to grow new cells, replace old cells, fight off illnesses, move, focus and concentrate. When we are young, much of our energy goes into growth, if there is any extra we store the unused energy as fat and muscle to use later. Continue reading


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Developing Intercultural Competence In Your Classes

group of friends socialisingAs a Spanish learner, I once faced the awkward situation of thinking I was having a conversation about new potatoes being on the menu, when in fact the hotel manager had diverged from the conversation to give me the news that there was a new Pope! Being in a Catholic Latin American country at the time, I should have been more aware of the context and cultural importance of the vote going on in the Vatican that week. However, my focus was simply on the words. Hence intercultural competence is so important and should not be ignored in the language classroom. It is especially so with English because it facilitates communication between so many people from diverse backgrounds (ELT Position Paper on Global Skills, 2019). Continue reading


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Festive ELT Resources And Activities For Your Class

Festive ELT Resources And Activities For Your ClassIt’s that time of year!

To help you celebrate, we’re sharing a collection of Festive ELT activities to get you and your class in the holiday spirit! We’ve prepared some multi-level ELT activities for you to use online or in the classroom. We’ve got something here for all. All festive resources are photocopiable and shareable online using the below-sharing links. Continue reading