I'm currently working a lot with higher-level students and I have to help them prepare for different kinds of tests and external exams. We all know that we need to expose our learners to various authentic texts on different topics. Text-based presentations work well as our learners work on developing receptive skills and can also … Continue reading Using Topic Based Lessons
How many words that mean ‘…’ can you think of? This a typical question for learners of different levels. It seems to be a good way of helping them expand their lexical range and activate their background knowledge. It can work particularly well if you work with groups. Some individual learners are good at spotting … Continue reading Working with Synonyms
Here is a basic lesson plan for those who teach younger learners. You may prefer pictures and flashcards if you work offline. Those who are using Zoom and whose learners can spell out words, can offer a labelling activity using Zoom annotation tools or chat box. You may use one of online tools, of course. … Continue reading Topical lessons for Kids
Every year around this time of year teachers help their students set goals. We can encourage our students look back at the past year and reflect on the challenges, their achievements and wonder what they could have done differently. Although 2020 was challenging for us and we are looking forward to seeing some drastic changes … Continue reading New Year Lesson Ideas
running group classes The topic of motivation is popular if not ubiquitous. Today I want to discuss whether it’s necessary to take risks and try out something new. For example, many teachers go online at the moment. The possible reasons for shifting from offline lessons might be the following: due to the unprecedented circumstanceit’s natural … Continue reading Are you motivated enough to give online lessons?
There has been made an inevitable shift from face-to-face to online teaching. I think our learners need to be aware what it may mean and we, in turn, have to meet their expectations. I'm writing this post to share a set of actions that are likely to facilitate the transition. Run a tutorial on how … Continue reading Are your students ready for online learning?
Many teachers are considering shifting to online teaching as there is a growing demand for those who can help learners study in the comfort of their own home. These teachers might be used to certain principles and teaching techniques that they rely on and they have doubts whether to accept this may-be-the-biggest challenge of their … Continue reading Is teaching online different?