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 'Managing the lesson'. 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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Asking questions is a natural feature of communication, but also one of the most important tools which teachers have at their disposal...

Checking answers - methodology article
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When checking the answers to an exercise or activity teachers often revert to a more traditional role, whereby from the front of the...

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Making sure that students understand what is happening in the lesson and that they have understood the language you have taught them can...

Checking Understanding - methodology article
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In a standard language focus lesson following a PPP (present, practise, produce) or similar format, the target language (structure or...

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The layout of your classroom can have a serious impact on the way you teach and the way your students learn. This article looks at some...

Conducting Feedback on Exercises and Tasks - methodology article
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The term feedback can apply to a number of classroom situations and procedures, but here it refers to a range of techniques employed by...

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We have seen so far how we can organise our classroom work to incorporate the four features of creativityand how we can add the ...

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No matter how interesting and well prepared our lesson may be, it can be ruined by a confrontation with students.

Discipline problems - methodology article
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In this article, we'll be looking at the causes of discipline problems, and at various ways of solving the problems.

Eliciting - methodology article
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Eliciting (elicitation) is term which describes a range of techniques which enable the teacher to get learners to provide information...

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Some time ago, I wrote an article about different ways responding to your students' written work. This present article builds on those...

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Good classroom management skills are essential to the smooth and efficient running of any classroom.

From mother tongue to other tongue - methodology article
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The issue of whether or not to use the mother-tongue (L1) in the English language (L2) classroom is complex. 

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Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging...

Group work v. whole-class activities - methodology article
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Group and pair work (henceforth group work) are so much a part of our everyday teaching routine that we hardly pause to think before...

Helping teens to listen - listening article
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Listening can be a challenge for teenagers, but there are reasons behind this and steps we can take to help.

Increasing student interaction - listening article
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Most teachers have experienced classes in which student interaction has been more limited than they would like, with students becoming...

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This article is designed to help you with keeping children interested in your class. There are so many reasons why their minds could...

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Why are some young learner classes successful and others a constant struggle?

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It can be very daunting going into a class of 20 or 30 five-year-olds when you have little teaching experience.

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Teaching young learners requires a knowledge of the developmental differences between children and teenagers and of the appropriate...

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When your students are on-task and engaged in a speaking activity where are you and what are you doing?

Monitoring speaking - methodology article
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As teachers I think we all accept that there is a role for correcting student speech in the language classroom.

Teacher Talking Time - methodology article
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The development of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) brought with it a methodology which emphasised communication in the classroom,...

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The way you use questions to engage with your students can have a big effect on your lesson. Here are some tips to help you get the most...

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This second part of the tips for reluctant talkers focuses on your skills as a people manager.

Sense of humour - methodology article
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For me, one of the most underexploited and neglected areas within language learning is humour. How many course books have a section on...

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This article looks at the techniques involved in setting up tasks in the young learner classroom with suggestions of how to implement...

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Teaching in the primary classroom is very different from teaching teens or adults because of the amount of energy children have! Knowing...

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Keeping students' attention and stopping them from getting distracted is a big challenge.

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