Category Archives: Teaching teenagers

Guest piece- Doing the YL Extension to the CELTA

Apparently many prospective TEFL teachers nowadays think that 4 weeks is too long to study to become a teacher. Luckily, there are also the dedicated few like Jo Gillespie who decide to make the whole CELTA thing longer while also properly learning … Continue reading

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This month’s supply of TEFL articles and reviews

Starting with mine, then a selection of others: Thinking Time in ELT Finding a balance in the use of competition Level tests v Placement tests Using Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush in EFL classes (loads of variations, extensions … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge University Press, Classroom management, CPD, EFL CD ROMs, EFL exams, ELT publishing, Macmillan, Materials, Pearson Longman, placement tests, TBA (Task Based Approach), Teaching teenagers, Teaching young learners, TEFL reviews, textbooks, Using songs with kids | Leave a comment

Keeping YLs on Task Part One

A guest piece by new(ish) blogger Leahn Stanhope http://www.earlyefl.blogspot.com “Part of the battle of teaching YLs (young learners) is keeping them interested and on task. Here is the first part of a series of activities that I have tried and … Continue reading

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Language teaching, teenagers, evaluation and certification

A slightly late (my fault!) Valentine’s Day guest piece by Carmela Chateau on the always perplexing question of teaching teens: “Can teenagers be taught languages? That is the question. On Valentine’s Day, English teachers will recall that Shakespeare’s most famous … Continue reading

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A short diversion in which we advert to ancient Chinese wisdom

A guest piece by Sputnik of The TESLA Coil ” All teaching is based on deception While everything may seem hunky-dory to outsiders, those of us in the profession know that TESL is, in fact, beset by problems.  Chief among these … Continue reading

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Some nice quotes from the last ELTJ

As promised, proof that I do pay some attention when reading TEFL magazines: A possible explanation for why Mr Bean and TEFL go so well together: “An adult learner has noted that what [textbook character] Arthur and learners in the … Continue reading

Posted in CPD, ELT Journal, Linguistics, applied linguistics and SLA, links, Mr Bean, TBA (Task Based Approach), Teaching teenagers, Teaching young learners, TEFL heroes- Jeremy Harmer, TEFL reviews | Tagged | 1 Comment

New TEFL articles etc June 2009

Here is this month’s supply, perfect for reading while your students do their end of term tests: Using Xtranormal.com with EFL young learner classes (a great way of doing dialogue writing etc, with link to worksheet) 18 fun activities on … Continue reading

Posted in Feelings vocabulary, Linguistics, applied linguistics and SLA, Skills, Teaching teenagers, Teaching young learners, Technology, TEFL, TEFL games, TEFL heroes- David Crystal, TEFL heroes- Sandy McManus, TEFL heroes- Scott Thornbury, Vocabulary, Writing, Writing games | 1 Comment

Two ways of livening up textbook dialogues

I’m going to write about how to use these in more detail later, but thought I’d give the links first in case this saves someone’s day: http://www.xtranormal.com – students can make an animated “film” from the script just by typing … Continue reading

Posted in ELT publishing, Functional language, links, Macmillan, Roleplays, Speaking, Teaching teenagers, Teaching young learners, Technology, TEFL, TEFL games, Writing | 7 Comments

What to do with morphases.com

Morphases is a face photo manipulation programme that is easy to use and was the biggest hit of the month with my 8 to 11 year olds, with them fighting to speak English to tell me how to change the … Continue reading

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Letter from a reader- Resistance to games

Will ponder on this and try to get something down myself at the weekend, but was hoping others could also help to with advice, recommended books and links etc: “Hi there Alex. My name is H***** ************ and I have … Continue reading

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