• ESL Student-Presentations (Part 2): An Effective, Modified Presentation Activity

(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.) In Part 1, I analyzed the assumptions teachers have made about having students do class-presentations. (See ESL Student-Presentations (Part 1): Questioning the Reasons for Doing Them As I concluded in that post, there seems to be weak support for having students … Read more

5 task ideas for final lessons

The end of term is looming and attention spans are decreasing. Basically, summer is around the corner, and you have no idea how you could still engage your students before the school holidays kick in! Read on to find out more about 5 different functions that a final lesson (or lessons) could have and 5 … Read more

• Myth #2 about Teaching ESL Grammar: Teaching Grammar Doesn’t Improve Students’ Writing.

I’ve always been perplexed by this claim by some teachers: Teaching grammar doesn’t improve students’ writing. A problem with it is that it doesn’t define what is meant by “teaching grammar” nor what is meant by “improve students’ writing.” It seems to imply that they have looked at every conceivable way that grammar could be … Read more

Top tips for teachers preparing learners for tests

In the first of a series of 3, focused on preparing students for exams, Olha Madylus shares her top activities for preparing young learners for tests. The Cambridge English Qualifications for young learners are designed to test children’s ability to understand and respond appropriately to English, not to test their knowledge of English grammar rules. … Read more

The Best Resources On Instruction In 2022 – Part One

I’m continuing with my mid-year “Best” list posts… Seven years ago I began publishing a regular Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week post. You can see all my “Best” lists on instructional strategies here. Here are my choices from the past few months: THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN “RITUALS” & “ROUTINES” IN THE CLASSROOM, & WHY WE … Read more

Received Pronunciation: history and changes

Anyone who has heard the Queen’s speeches will recognise her distinctive British accent. This is RP – ‘Received Pronunciation’. This year, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. So it seems like a fitting time to have a little look at the … Read more