Category: Materials & Teaching Ideas

Common problems with common listening tasks

Common problems with common listening tasks

Today, at the TEASIG / CRELLA conference in Luton, I had the pleasure of hearing two talks by Dr John Field. He was focussing on creating L2 listening tests, but a lot of what he said will be useful for those of us writing ELT listening materials for teaching, too! Based on what John talked … Continue reading Common problems with common listening tasks

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Showing students what makes good dictionaries good

Showing students what makes good dictionaries good

Jennifer Macdonald's post "Friends don’t let friends use bad dictionaries" was an inspiration! It’s an issue that frustrates me every semester anew! As I posted as a comment on Jennifer's post, last term, I even made the (joke) rule that if someone uses dict.cc or leo.org (translating tool thingies for German – English) on their phone or … Continue reading Showing students what makes good dictionaries good

Reading Support Worksheets for EAP

Reading Support Worksheets for EAP

Much is said in published literature about the necessity of EAP students reading authentic academic texts, and also about providing scaffolding and support for them to do so. I believe lecturers and academic tutors teaching their subject content in English and/or on a CLIL-based approach will also need to help students digest the readings for their … Continue reading Reading Support Worksheets for EAP

An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

A very quick summary of some key points from Scott Thornbury's talk "Writing Methodology Texts" on 4th April at iatefl 2017. He surveyed methodology book writers to gain some insight into what makes such texts most useful for teachers, much of which applies to writing any kinds of teaching notes or rubrics! The key points … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

A very quick summary of some key points from Sue Kay's talk, "The genuine article (you couldn't make it up)", presented at iatefl 2017 on 4th April. Questions to ask when choosing a text:  Will it interest and engage learners? Can learners relate it to their own lives? Is it age-appropriate? Can learners learn (well … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts