Tagged: communication

Teaching Swear Words

“I am my language.” What a powerful phrase about how language is so wrapped up with identity. Both our own personal identity and our social identity in a larger group. A language learner aims to get to the moment where they “flow” with the language...

2 Way Tasks

Two way tasks are the staple activity of the communicative approach. Also known as an “information gap” activity, they force students to communicate with each other in order to retrieve information to complete a task. Usually these tasks involve students with different sets of information, usually...

Gif photos illustrating body language

I really love those short, sweet, “video like” gif photos and I can attest that students do too! Show GIFs to illustrate a whole number of things and as an living image, they really can be effectively used by teachers to illustrate and teach a large...

“Functional” Videos

Language functions are a great way to focus student learning on communication. Showing students and having students study examples of language in use, language used to actually do and accomplish and communicate is a great methodology. EnglishCentral now has many videos focused on all the...

The #1 … (delivery error teachers make)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Assuming The Students Understand “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw I’ve thought a lot about this and based on my own experiences as...

The 5Ws focused lesson

Using the journalistic technique of the 5W questions is really effective for any listening / reading activity. Students can read or listen to  the news item or story and then write out the 5 questions that would cover the story. They can then quiz each other for...

The #1 … (Quick and Easy Adv. level lesson)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. I heard it through the Grapevine Let’s face it, many times as a teacher, we are faced with having to pull a lesson “out of our hat”. Last minute, we have to teach a...

The #1 ….. (24/7, free, online teacher)

The #1 ….. (24/7, free, online teacher)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Alice – the ultimate 27/7, free chat partner. Without a doubt. She is intelligent, charming, looks great and even asks you questions. I added the drop boxes with “Questions” and “Responses” so students could...

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