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Correct English Without Lowering Motivation In 6 Simple Steps

Blog - Correct English Without Lowering Motivation In 6 Simple StepsThere are many ways to assess learners, for example, mini-tests or observations, in order to evaluate and monitor their understanding and progress. As well as checking learners’ competencies in some specific language or skill, evaluation allows us to guide learners on how to improve. Part of this is noting any errors they make in completing the assessments, especially errors in the language they use. However, focusing on errors too much can be de-motivating for learners. They may struggle to improve because they are anxious about making mistakes, especially with productive tasks. So how can we correct English errors and at the same time keep learners motivated to improve? Continue reading


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5 Easy Chatbox Activities To Make The Most Of Online Teaching

Chatbox with a pop-up notification that says "chatbox activities"Any mode of teaching comes with its advantages and disadvantages, and this is certainly true of online teaching. One advantage of teaching synchronous classes online is that there is normally the option of using the chatbox. The chatbox enables more students to participate at once, it can get shy students to communicate more, and it can be used to develop aspects of writing. Below are five simple activities
which language teachers can use in their synchronous online classes. Continue reading


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An Introduction To Learner Agency

An Introduction To Learner Agency: a hand climbing a pile of books one finger at a timeIf I am asked what language teachers should do to prepare students for a world full of uncertainties beyond the classroom, I will say without hesitation that we should help them become agentive learners. In other words, language teachers should create opportunities for students to enact and grow their agency, as we explain in our comprehensive guide to Learner Agency. Continue reading


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How Can I Get My Students Excited About Reading?

Young student with a pile of books looks excited about readingLearning – the lazy way

‘What is the best strategy to improve one’s English?’ Well, this is a hard one to answer. Change just two words however and the question becomes ‘What is the laziest way to improve one’s English?’ All of a sudden, a single answer springs to mind: ‘Extensive Reading’. Now imagine you are a teacher of English and someone tells you that OUP is launching the amazing Oxford Reading Club which could give your students access to literally hundreds of top-quality readers, allowing them to ‘read their way to better English’. Wouldn’t that be great news? 😊 Continue reading


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All The Lesson Ideas For Graded Readers You’ll Ever Need!

All The Lesson Ideas For Graded Readers You'll Ever Need: books fanned out in a geometric patternIn this blog, I have provided some lesson ideas as examples of how graded readers might be used in the classroom. There are four sections – ideas for reading the story, exploring the cultural/historical setting, discussing social themes, and additional tasks to be used as suggested follow-up activities or projects. All of these are for the purpose of sparking your creativity and to show how readings texts can be a springboard into many other interesting topics and activities. Continue reading