In this section, you will find a number of blog posts, 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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19 Nov 2019

Sandy Millin gives five tips for teaching very low-level learners of English

27 Oct 2015

In this post, Larry Ferlazzo looks at activities that can help to raise awareness among students of the concept of metacognition.

23 Sep 2014

As with most good teaching practice, using activities to promote a student's confidence is a simple matter of common sense.

18 Sep 2014

Continuing with the new academic year theme, we want to know what activities you've used or are planning to use in your first few...

18 Sep 2014

For a few years now I've been experimenting with sharing lesson summaries with my classes and here I'd like to share a summary...

15 Sep 2014

An introduction… challenge for young adults

29 May 2014

Do you teach young learners in an academy or in the public sector?

26 May 2014

In my experience, there are only a few reasons for conducting one-to-one lessons.

11 May 2014

In all the years I've been teaching I must have written thousands of reports.

30 Apr 2014

I used to think what I say in class about learning outside class makes a lot of difference.

21 Apr 2014

Throughout my language teaching career - and you’ve no doubt encountered the same issue - deciding how to plan activities has been at...

07 Apr 2014

The Latin root of the word motivation means "that which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way."

19 Mar 2014

On writing this post, I thought of starting reflecting on my personal experience by applying the Thinking Routine: See-Think-Wonder.

14 Mar 2014

I had never thought of using computer games in a young learner class until at the end of a powerpoint activity in the computer room one...

26 Feb 2014

As a YL teacher, I think we tend to neglect the communicative needs of our kids.

23 Jan 2014

What are your top 5 tips for teaching teenagers?

22 Jan 2014

Five jobs you need to know if you teach teenagers

17 Jan 2014

Teenagers are often described as an unwelcome bunch of learners that pose multiple difficulties to teachers.

16 Jan 2014

One of my favourite lessons to do, either with new or established students is one that is called ‘Lost’, I don’t suppose that this is...

10 Jan 2014

When adults talk about adolescents, it seems at times that they mean some species that are totally different from human beings.