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Lexical approach with teens: teaching vocabulary

Lexical approach with teens: teaching vocabulary

Lexical approach is one of many ways of analysing and teaching a language. What we know about the lexical approach is: it is organized around vocabulary rather than grammar; it involves a lot of recycling of previously used language; it is aimed at developing students’ ability to notice language and ‘chunk’ it successfully. It can...

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Giving feedback to teenagers

Giving feedback to teenagers

Feedback is the information that learners get on their performance. It enables both teachers and learners to draw some conclusions about previous learning, and also to work out a plan for future development. Why? Feedback is inseparable from successful learning. It helps students navigate, and assess their own progress. With limited or no feedback, most...

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Jazz it up: teaching English with jazz chants

Jazz it up: teaching English with jazz chants

Recently, we’ve talked about using music in the classroom. It’s difficult to overestimate the beneficial effect of songs on developing students’ vocabulary and command of grammar structures, as well as their role in fostering a positive classroom climate. However, there is one more alternative to pop and rock and today we’ll take a closer look...

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How to make your teens do things? Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

How to make your teens do things? Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

Last September I took a teenage group from the teacher they had been with for some years. 10 amazing guys, Upper-Intermediate level, ready to participate, always involved. After a month or so, we were about to finish the unit on money. As part of homework, I asked them to record a short video with money...

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QR codes. Practical ideas for teens

QR codes. Practical ideas for teens

QR codes are slowly but steadily finding their way to modern classrooms. The reasons are simple: they increase engagement, reduce the amount of paper used, and promote that very digital literacy we all know about. Teenagers seem to be a perfect target audience for using QR codes. Most of them never leave their mobiles at...

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What else can you do with songs apart from singing?

What else can you do with songs apart from singing?

I will certainly not be mistaken if I say that all of us have used music in our classroom at least once. Music and songs are incorporated in our coursebooks, bring variety to the lessons, and, as scientists claim, can boost language learning. However, there is such a thing as ‘I always skip music pages...

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Going digital: Answer Garden and Primary Pad

Going digital: Answer Garden and Primary Pad

We, teachers, nowadays are in constant search of new tools which can spice up our lessons. Each offline meeting must involve ‘technology in the classroom’, every online one – exploit a fresh virtual activity. Google docs and Instagram, QR-codes and voice messages, Padlet boards and even virtual reality… In this article, we are going to...