Category Archives: Reading

Testing and teaching detailed comprehension

Can’t remember how I got it into my head to write an article about such a huge and complex topic, but hopefully managed a mix of a summary of well-known but frequently ignored advice plus a few of my own less conventional ideas … Continue reading

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The modernist approach to authentic texts

I really appreciate the regular news lessons from sites tlike The Grauniad and BreakingNewsEnglish, but I can’t work out why most of them have the exact same activities week after week. For me, repeating the same activity over and over … Continue reading

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Does reading help speaking more than listening does?

… because that is what I told one of my students in a one to one class the other day. I then wondered where on earth I got that idea from – as I don’t remember ever having consciously coming … Continue reading

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Graded readers in the classroom

An old article of mine, I forget which magazine it was first in: Most schools have at least a couple of graded readers somewhere around the place, if only freebies that were sent unsolicited by publishers, and if not it … Continue reading

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A 21st century skimming and scanning activity

“With your partner, find the one message in the first ten pages of blog spam that is actually a proper comment”

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New TEFL articles and ideas April 2010

Might’ve listed the ones nearer the bottom before, but been a while since I’ve done one of these updates, so maybe not: 15 no prep games with just little scraps of paper 15 zero prep games with (whole) sheets of … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge Delta, Cambridge ESOL, Classroom management, Discipline in the classroom, Discussion questions, Lesson planning, Problem students, Reading, Teaching young learners, TEFL games, Usingenglish | Tagged , | 1 Comment

New EFL handouts Feb 2010 Part Two

Prepositions and body part mimes Comparative and superlative plus adverb Speaking Health problems mimes Writing reviews in English- Harry Potter Words often used in newspaper headlines Webquest Reading in English discussion questions

Posted in comparatives, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Discussion questions, ELT management, Materials, Medical and pharmaceutical English, Prepositions, Reading, Reviews, superlatives, Technology, TEFL, Webquest, Writing | Tagged | Leave a comment

Reviewing graded readers

… is tricky, possibly second only to dictionaries in being difficult to write about. You can of course list their component bits (CD, exercises at the back, glossary, illustrations, list of characters) and judgements on them, but the main things … Continue reading

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New PDF handouts Jan 2010 Part Two

If you can’t open PDFs for any reason or want to edit before you print, just highlight the text on the webpage, right click, copy, paste into a word processor programme and format and edit to your heart’s content. Feel … Continue reading

Posted in Adjectives, Discussion questions, Email, flashcards, Giving opinions, Phonics, Photocopiable worksheets, Question formation, Teaching young learners, TEFL games, tense review, Vocabulary, Writing | Tagged | 1 Comment

On the CELTA, Japan, and very small learners

An interview with Charlie Richards of Learning Tree English, a private language school for 16 and unders (sometimes far unders!) in Osaka. “I first came across your school through your excellent examples of young learner lessons on YouTube. Typical lessons … Continue reading

Posted in CELTA, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Discipline in the classroom, EFL CD ROMs, English through craftwork, Lesson planning, Phonics, pre-school/ kindergarten/ very young learners, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching Japanese primary school children, Teaching young learners, Technology, TEFL career planning, TEFL games, textbooks, Using songs with kids, Using storybooks | Tagged | 2 Comments