Рубрика: Надежда Попова

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Narrow reading

Narrow reading

Have you ever heard of narrow reading? What’s that? This term was introduced and popularized by a linguist Stephen Krashen. Narrow reading alongside with narrow listening means consuming a variety of texts on the same, ‘narrow’ topic. They might be books written by one author or just a selection of stories around a student’s scope...

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Go smart: use of smartphones for teaching teenagers

Go smart: use of smartphones for teaching teenagers

A smartphone is a powerful 21st-century educational tool. If managed properly, it helps teachers to: promote autonomous learning, exploit collaborative writing and speaking activities, change the pace of the lesson, add more of authentic input, cater for individual preferences and learning styles, go green and reduce the use of paper. It is virtually impossible to...

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Principles of teaching grammar to teens

Principles of teaching grammar to teens

Grammar is notorious among teenagers for being hard and boring. Drills and gapfills can bore everyone to death, Present Perfect is constantly confused with Past Simple, the difference between adverbs and adjectives seems vague, malicious irregular verbs leave no chance to be remembered. Familiar, isn’t it? Today’s article will shed some light on the basic...

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How to teach teens to give feedback

How to teach teens to give feedback

In one of the previous articles, we have talked about various feedback techniques and how to use them in the lessons. One of the strategies mentioned was the so-called peer feedback. Not only it empowers students to be the experts, but also makes them gain control over their own learning. Isn’t it what teenagers sometimes...

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Collaborative activities, techniques and tools to develop students’ productive skills

Collaborative activities, techniques and tools to develop students’ productive skills

Collaborative learning is an approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together. They might be working towards solving a problem, creating a project, or just completing a task. The benefits are obvious: collaborative learning is student-centred; it promotes group dynamics and helps establish relationships; it put teenagers into lower-risk situations and,...

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Lexical approach with teens: teaching grammar

Lexical approach with teens: teaching grammar

Lexical approach is one of many ways of analysing and teaching a language. In the previous article we talked about using it for teaching vocabulary. It was mentioned that lexical chunks are of invaluable use for your students’ progress. When children just start learning a foreign language, they deal with a lot of chunks without...

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Dyslexic students: how to help?

Dyslexic students: how to help?

Have you ever thought what it feels like if you have dyslexia? Probably, it is something like this: Or like this. The later is a simulation which was specially created by a developer Victor Windell to let people see what it’s like to have severe dyslexia. Dyslexia is a neurologically-based condition which leads to learning...

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How to teach teens to write

How to teach teens to write

‘Writing? Oh, great! Can we do it every lesson?’ – said, probably, no teenager ever. Meanwhile, writing is one of the productive skills which should, if not say must, be taught properly. It deeply requires students to be motivated and prepared. How to prepare teenagers for writing? Let’s try to figure it out. Make sure...

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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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