In this section, you will find a number of articles, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Knowing the subject'. From primary-aged students to adult learners of English, the articles you will find here are practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your teaching and planning for all kinds of classrooms.

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A Task-based approach - methodology article
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In recent years a debate has developed over which approaches to structuring and planning and implementing lessons are more effective....

An introduction to using visualisation - methodology article
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Visualisation has been widely used in sports psychology over the last 30 years to enhance all aspects of performance. In this article I...

Analysing Language - methodology article
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In a previous article, I emphasised the importance of checking understanding in the process of teaching new structures and lexis,...

Approaches to process writing - writing article
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What makes an effective piece of writing? Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple...

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Using audio with text is the easiest extension from just using text. In its most effective form this consists of a recording being made...

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If you've not worked in CLIL before, this article will give you a point to start from, in terms of both learners and materials....

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In the first of these articles, Content and Language Integrated Learning, I gave an introduction to this field. In this second article I...

Collocation with advanced levels 1 - not entirely...proper/appropriate/good? - vocabulary article
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This article gives an overview of the topic of collocation in English language teaching and shows how this is a key area of study for...

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A lot of teachers get the same look - the sigh, the rolling eye, the slump. 'We're going to be doing poetry in the next few classes!'...

Concordancers in ELT - resources article
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Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the power and abilities of computers to digitise, store and analyse text.

Connected speech - pronunciation article
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Teaching pronunciation used to involve little more than identifying and practising the sounds of which a language is composed, that is...

Connected speech 2 - pronunciation article
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An advanced student of mine speaks both clearly and usually correctly, but can often sound over formal and at times stilted.

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It is widely recognized that second language (L2) mental lexicon must be independent of its first language (L1) counterpart, if learners...

Conveying meaning - methodology article
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When teaching any language whether it is a word, a phrase or a verb form, at some point it will be essential to convey and check that...

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers
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I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the...

Criteria for identifying tasks for TBL - methodology article - guest writers
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This is the first in a series of four articles which will explore how to integrate a task-based approach into a typical textbook to...

Delexicalised verbs - vocabulary article
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In the first part of this two part article Shaun Dowling looks at delexicalised verbs, and the problems they cause for our students.

Delexicalised verbs 2 - vocabulary article
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In the first part of this article the writer explored the use of delexicalised verbs and the problems they create for our learners. He...

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Like us, you might already use songs in class, and find that your students enjoy them. But have you considered choosing songs...

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Neither strict dogmeticians nor techno evangelists, we are simply teachers who appreciate both a good Dogme moment and easy-to-use...

Dogme: A teacher's view - methodology article
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In this article one teacher gives us her view of how the ideas and principles of a new approach to teaching have shaped her classroom...

Dogme: nothing if not critical - methodology article - guest writers
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This is Scott Thornbury's second article for TeachingEnglish.

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This is the first part of an article on drilling, a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was a...

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This is the second part of an article on drilling, a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was...

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Dylan Thomas once noted, late in his all-too-brief life, that “A good poem is a contribution to reality.” Throughout his literary career...

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Dylan Thomas began his now globally recognised career by writing poems. His poetry was published from 1936 until his death in 1953. A...

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The work of Dylan Thomas is meaningful for us in a range of ways. In working with the English language, the writing of Dylan Thomas not...

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Like Pride and Prejudice, Emma is a novel that cleverly explores human relationships, and the infinitely varied, day-to-day choices in...

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What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that...

English sentence stress - pronunciation article
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Sentence stress is a difficult area to work on for learners and teachers alike.

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