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How football can help identify word stress

You might think discussing football results is a strange way to help learners remember word stress patterns. Read on to find out more. Word stress in English can be a little tricky for learners.have to identify 2 main features: They have to identify and record 2 main...

20 ELT Activities for Short Texts

In this post, I'll look at what activities you can do with a short text in your English language classes. There is no agreed maximum length for a short text, but I would suggest that a short text includes fewer than 200 words. There are many reasons why short texts...

Questions You Need To Ask At Your TEFL Interview

If you don't ask any questions at an interview for a TEFL job, you may regret not doing so... You have an interview for an English language teaching position. You think you've made a good impression on your interviewer and then hear the words: And do you have any...

16 Ways to Play The Hot Seat Game

One of the most popular TEFL activities for practising and reviewing vocabulary is called 'The Hot Seat' game. You have probably played it with your learners, although you may know it as 'back to the board'. The procedure is simple: One student sits in a...

How to Use the Board Effectively in ELT

In this article and accompanying video, I will talk about using the board effectively in ELT (English language teaching). The board is perhaps the most useful piece of equipment in the language classroom. Note that this post is written mainly for teachers using...

10 Guiding Principles of TEFL

The 10 Guiding Principles of TEFL An Accidental Manifesto By Dylan Gates Introduction This was a post I wrote over 5 years' ago. I'm not sure I still agree with a couple of the points but any comments are welcome. Somebody asked me if I had a philosophy about TEFL, a...

Supportive Observations in ELT

Observations in ELT should be supportive not just evaluative, but how often is this the case? When I started training teachers on TEFL courses, our Course Director told us that he wanted all members of the training team to observe each other. One of the trainers, an...

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