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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29 Feb 2016

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

04 Dec 2012

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

13 Feb 2012

As teachers of children, we often have three wishes. 

05 Sep 2011

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

16 Aug 2011

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

11 Jan 2011

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

07 Jan 2011

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

21 Apr 2010

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

21 Apr 2010

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

24 Mar 2010

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
16 Dec 2009

Creative writing normally refers to the production of texts which have an aesthetic rather than a purely informative, instrumental or...

Simulated immersion - listening article
11 Nov 2009

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

Aspects of Business English - methodology article
22 Oct 2008

The term Business English can cover a multitude of things. When someone says they teach business English or they are studying business...

20 Feb 2008

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

Making writing communicative - writing article
11 Dec 2007

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

Features of creativity - methodology article
03 Oct 2007

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

The essence of creativity - methodology article
03 Oct 2007

This is the third in a series of four articles on transforming activities for creativity. The first introduced the concept of creativity...

Creativity in the language classroom - methodology article
26 Sep 2007

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

The child as a learner - methodology article
20 Jul 2006

This is the first in a two-part article which explores how young children learn languages and what we as teachers can do to help them...

The child as a learner 2 - methodology article
19 Jul 2006

This is the second of a two-part article which explores techniques to help develop young children's language and how to deal with errors...

Keeping teens interested - methodology article
21 Feb 2006

Many English teachers would probably agree that teenagers are the most difficult age group to teach. Sometimes our teenage students do...

01 Dec 2005

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

24 May 2005

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

Thinking frames 2: Logical Levels - methodology article - guest writers
17 May 2005

In this series of articles I want to explore with you a number of different filters you can fix onto the lens of your thinking camera....

Thinking frames - methodology article - guest writers
13 Apr 2005

In this article I want to share with you a major thinking frame, that has been of great use to me in my teaching and that comes from the...

Writing and elementary learners - writing article
20 Sep 2004

This article is about bringing some energy and excitement to the process of writing in the classroom. It's about how to create a writing...

Speaking and elementary learners - speaking article
14 Sep 2004

What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?

Responding to content - writing article
07 Sep 2004

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...

Listening and elementary learners - listening article
23 Aug 2004

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...

Learner diaries - writing article
16 Aug 2004

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

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