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    Vocabulary Learning Tips

    ~~Learning a language involves learning new words. The more words you know the more you will understand and the better you will be able to communicate. It is said that in order to “get by” in a foreign language you need a vocabulary of at least 120 words.  Read: The more words you are exposed to the better vocabulary you will have. When you read and see words you don’t know first try to guess the meaning from the sentence/story and then look the word up. Read and listen to things you are interested in. There are lots of graded/guided readers available and even manga/comics.  Play

    Language Games for Adults

    ~~Whatsit: "Whatsit" uses verbs or nouns.  Have one learner sit with their back to the board and another learner writes or draws a mystery word they all know on the board (word cards can be used to prompt where necessary).  The guesser must then ask questions to guess the word using “whatsit” in place of the unknown word e.g. if verbs are being used: "Can you whatsit?", "When do you whatsit?"  If nouns are being used:  "Can you eat a whatsit?", "Can you wear a whatsit?" etc Forbidden Words: Write three ‘forbidden’ words on the board, e.g. blue, car, night. Have one learner voluntee

    Teaching Vocabulary

    Vocabulary is: All words make up our vocabulary. All languages have words. Words come in different forms and perform different jobs. Each language will have rules over how words can change, which words work with which, how words sound. When teaching vocabulary it is important that learners know: * the meaning of the words (this can include when we should/not use it * the form of the words (what it looks like, where it goes in a sentence & what it sounds like) It is important that teachers repeat (through drilling, elicitation and examples) and recycle (through activities, games and tas

    Teaching Children: Some FAQs

    ~~Teaching children can be a challenging prospect, especially to those who are new to teaching. But don’t worry! Below are some FAQs about teaching English to young children, with suggestions and tips. Q: What should my main role be when teaching? A: In a young learner class your role is very special. Your enthusiasm for English and having fun will be transmitted to the children. This leads to their love of coming to your lesson and learning English! As a teacher of young children you need to be prepared to do silly things the children enjoy – for example, putting your hands on your head t

    TESOL Lesson Planning

    The Art Of Lesson Planning Some people feel as though lesson plans are a waste of time, or that they restrict their teaching freedom. It is true that sometimes we begin a lesson feeling rather under-prepared, but still manage to teach well. In a similar sense, we sometimes spend ages preparing a lesson, only to find ourselves changing direction halfway through. However, lesson planning at some level or other is essential, and good teachers take it very seriously. There

    Things To Consider Before You Teach In The Middle East

    Going to teach in the Middle East can be an amazing and rewarding experience. You'll get to experience new and exciting cultures, make friends with people you might never otherwise meet, and you also get to take advantage of the travel opportunities. Before you quit your job and pack up your home, however, consider these three things.