Tag Archives: pronunciation

Cheeky Phonemes

Many teachers find the phonemic chart a little overwhelming, whether they be newly qualified teachers, trainees on a teacher training course such as the CELTA or Delta, or even very experienced teachers. There can be no better place to start … Continue reading

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My one-to-one student just wants to chat

So, after planning a lesson tailored to the needs of the individual student, all they seem to want to do is have a chat. You start to wonder if it is worth planning the lesson at all.   Then there’s … Continue reading

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Tweaking your Boardwork

What do you do with the vocabulary that comes up in a lesson? Where do you write it on the board? Many teachers keep an incidental vocabulary column at the side of the board and this can have many advantages. … Continue reading

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Riverbank

Also known as a board jump, this versatile activity can liven up grammar and get students up out of their seats in a controlled TPR practice activity. This is good for language points which have two (or three) options to … Continue reading

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Kaboom!

This activity is variously known as kaboom, earthquake and typhoon, perhaps depending on which staffroom or hemisphere you are teaching in. It’s a good staple for kids courses; it’s gone down well whenever I’ve used it, even with adults. It’s … Continue reading

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M/F/P – Meaning, Form and ?

When analysing language and presenting it to students, we are often told on teacher training courses that we need to look at three areas: meaning, form and pronunciation (m,f,p). In many language lessons I have observed, the ‘p’ is the … Continue reading

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50/50 correction: My favourite error correction technique

A simple but effective technique for on the spot ‘hot’ correction. Look at these example classroom interactions: Student: I /laIked/ Paris very much. Teacher: You /laIked/ or /laIkt/? Student: /laIkt/ Student: I have never ate Chinese food. Teacher: ate or … Continue reading

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