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 'Understanding learners'. From primary-aged students to retired learners, 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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Aspects of Business English - methodology article
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The term Business English can cover a multitude of things. When someone says they teach business English or they are studying business...

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Students often write in their English classes, following a specific genre in order to do so: the informal email; a job application...

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There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners...

Creative writing for language learners (and teachers) - writing article - guest writers
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Creative writing normally refers to the production of texts which have an aesthetic rather than a purely informative, instrumental or...

Creativity in the language classroom - methodology article
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Before we set out and look at some theories and practice for introducing creativity into the language classroom, let’s see why it is...

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The theory of Emotional Intelligence and its measurement, the Emotional Quotient (EQ) were developed in the 1970s and 80s but...

Features of creativity - methodology article
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This is the second in a series of four articles on transforming activities for creativity. The first introduced the concept of ...

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Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the...

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There are many benefits of studying for older learners, such as increased self-confidence, increased feelings of health and well-being...

Intercultural learning 1 - methodology article
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This is the first of two articles that deal with the topic of intercultural awareness and learning. This article sets out the...

Intercultural learning 2 - methodology article
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This is the second of two articles that deal with the topic of intercultural awareness and learning. The first article - Intercultural...

Keeping teens interested - methodology article
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Many English teachers would probably agree that teenagers are the most difficult age group to teach. Sometimes our teenage students do...

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As well as teaching English to our young learners, we can help them reach their full potential as language learners. Here are some tips...

Learner diaries - writing article
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When teaching large classes of students year after year it can become very difficult to see each student as an individual with...

Listening and elementary learners - listening article
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This article is about making the listening experience in the classroom more similar to what we do in real life. It's about giving our...

Making writing communicative - writing article
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Writing, like all other aspects of language, is communicative. Think about what we write in real life. We write e-mails, lists, notes,...

Motivating pupils to read - literature article
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This is the first of two articles that look at ways to apply the process model of motivation as proposed by Dornyei (2001) to a number...

Motivating pupils to read 2 - literature article
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This is the second of two articles that look at ways to apply the process model of motivation as proposed by Dornyei (2001) to a number...

Motivating teenagers - methodology article
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"Motivation is as much an effect as a cause of learning." Ausubel

In this article I will discuss how teachers can aim to improve...

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Keeping your students motivated to learn is one of the biggest challenges any teacher faces.

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NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) has been around in language teaching longer than we may realise. Those teachers who incorporate...

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Portfolios are a popular and effective way of motivating young learners, providing a fun way to review language and helping them to...

Reading and elementary learners - reading article
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One of the key issues I've noticed in getting my elementary learners to read is that of self-confidence. 

Responding to content - writing article
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This article explores how you can encourage your students to focus on content in their writing and gives ideas for how to respond to it...

Simulated immersion - listening article
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I have often found that learners of all levels feel that there is inadequate time spent on listening in most language courses.

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The sociocultural element in learning is particularly sensitive in EFL because in acquiring a language there is, to some extent, an...

Speaking and elementary learners - speaking article
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What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?

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Teaching at primary level can cause many teachers, particularly those who have trained to teach adults, a variety of problems and...

Teen angst - methodology article
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This article looks at establishing and maintaining discipline in the teen classroom.

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Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years...

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