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Teaching Students With Delayed Social/Emotional Development
William Peters suggests ways to resolve the learning difficulties experienced by students whose social/emotional development is delayed.

Pronunciation Problems For Spanish-Speaking Learners Of English
Pronunciation problems and solutions for all speakers of Spanish.

How To Teach The R Sound (2)
This, the second of a two-part article on how to help your students pronounce the American “R” sound, looks at “The Way of Analysis”.

How To Teach The R Sound (1)
This, the first of a two-part article on how to help your students pronounce the American “R” sound, looks at “The Way of the Parrot”.

How To Teach The Unreal Past
Presenting and practising past tenses for hypothetical situations.

How To Teach Dealing With Enquiries
What to teach and how to do so with the surprisingly tricky topic of answering questions.

Putting yourself in their shoes
When language teachers become language learners they learn much more than a new language.

15 ideas for checking answers
Tips on making the process of checking answers more engaging and beneficial for learners.

Planning versus Improvisation
Why versatility and flexibility may sometimes win out over rigid adherence to a carefully prepared lesson plan.

Giving students individual attention
Some very practical tips on giving individual attention to students in larger classes, or at least helping them feel as though they are getting it.

Respect and ESL Classroom Management
The importance of two-way respect in the ESL classroom, and some tips on how to achieve it.

More ways of using questionnaires in class
More creative ideas for activities with questionnaires.

Using questionnaires in class
Imaginative ways to create and make use of questionnaires in class.

15 top tips for learning articles
These tips are given below in the approximate order of how often I tell students and trainee teachers about them- because they are easy to understand, easy to remember or something they are not likely to have heard from other teachers. 1. Always write articles on your vocab list/ the whiteboard/ worksheets For example, tell […]

Things not to do with an interactive whiteboard
1. Replace all your instructions language with it One of the most useful and genuine pieces of communication in the classroom is the teacher telling the students what to do, and replacing that with written instructions on the board all the time takes away a great source of comprehensible listening. For new teachers, it also […]

Solutions for mixed motivation classes
There are whole books written with theories and tips on teaching mixed level and mixed ability classes. Personally, though, I have found it much more difficult when I have had classes where some students are desperate to improve their English and will do anything to get there and others just see it as a hobby […]

Learner autonomy problems and solutions
The idea that learner autonomy (that students should take responsibility for their own learning) is a good thing seems nearly universal and never to go out of style

Things to teach about apologizing
…and how to do it 1. Excuses/reasons In some cultures it is impolite to give a reason why something happened, as this can be seen to be taking away from your apology by giving excuses. This is true in the very strong apology “There is no excuse for what I did”, but generally in English […]

Things to teach about sentence stress and rhythm
…and how to do it

Classifying classroom questions
Analysing the kinds of questions you and teachers generally use in class can be useful for thinking about increasing the amount of English used in class (and therefore cutting down on L1), increasing involvement and speaking time for the students, increasing the variety of interactions and language produced in the classroom, and shaking up your […]