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Got a gifted student? Here’s what you need to know
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One of the great challenges of teaching is adapting to the needs of dozens of students, all of them ...

Four ideas for project work in the language classroom
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Projects take students’ noses out of their workbooks and help them foster writing, speaking, listeni...

Eight ways (and five videos) to teach homonyms
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One of the great things about learning a foreign language is discovering its quirks. Homonyms – word...

Best practices when using technology in class
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Sometimes using technology in your classroom can be a little intimidating.  As the rapidly evolving ...

Teaching outside: what to consider (and five activities to try)
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Hands up who’s had a class (or a week!) full of students suffering from cabin fever. We thought so. ...

13 ways to use a voice recorder in class
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Previously only carried by reporters in press hats, thanks to smartphones, voice recorders are now i...

How to create excellent handouts – 10 tips
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The classic handout is one of teaching’s most used resources. But what makes a good handout? Here, E...

Three in-class approaches to increasing student confidence
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Another day. You walk into the classroom.Students have occupied the back seats, but the front ones a...

How personality frameworks improve your teaching
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Personality frameworks have been around for several decades, though personalities since the dawn of ...

Academics answer: What is task-based learning?
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Education is constantly evolving and introducing teachers to new or different techniques to employ i...

11 classic games and why to use them in class
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“I really want to be bored witless,” said no student, ever.“I hope my students’ eyes glaze over in c...

Eight ways to use your students’ own devices in class
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Setting foot in a classroom today where students don’t have at least one piece of technology on them...