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20 reasons why every EFL learner should have an iPad

Mobile technology is changing the face of education, and opening up new opportunities for both teachers and learners. In this post, I give 20 reasons why iPads in particular are becoming indispensable tools for English language learners across the world. … Read More »

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How to be a good English teacher: Advice from a Japanese learner of English

Ryuichi Sakai is a Japanese learner of English, computer programmer, and editor of a free website which provides advice, from a learner’s perspective, about how to be a good English teacher in Japan. In this article, he summarizes some key … Read More »

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Aphorisms of English Language Teaching

Aphorisms – general truths conveyed by short statements – can help us remember principles of best practice. Here are a few aphorisms especially relevant to English language educators. Don’t explain; demonstrate. In English language teaching, where the language of instruction … Read More »

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Fantastic free websites for learners of English

The rise of technology and social networks in recent years has provided an unprecedented chance to learn English online in new and exciting ways. However, the the massive range of English learning websites available can be overwhelming and confusing. Here … Read More »

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Interview with Marcos Benevides: Extensive Reading (Part 2)

In the first part of this interview, Marcos Benevides talked about what Extensive Reading actually is, and how it can be implemented and assessed by English language teachers. Here, the interview continues with more information about Extensive Reading, and details … Read More »

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Interview with Marcos Benevides: Extensive Reading (Part 1)

The 5th Extensive Reading conference is taking place this weekend in Nagoya, but what exactly is ‘Extensive Reading’, and how can it be utilized by teachers and learners of English? I interviewed Marcos Benevides, an Extensive Reading advocate, and a … Read More »

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A TEFL box of tricks

Props and accessories can be very useful in the TEFL classroom. Today, I’d like to share with you my “TEFL box of tricks” – the essential items I take to every class. 1. Name cards I have found name cards … Read More »

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