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EFL and Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Make It Work

EFL and Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Make It Work

In recent years, there has been a distinct rise in autism spectrum disorders, also called autistic spectrum disorders or ASD. The exact cause of this rise is still under debate, though genetics, waiting until later in life to have...

ESL Activity Idea – Play Your Cards Right

ESL Activity Idea – Play Your Cards Right

This is an ESL activity idea using one of the English class’s most valuable tools: flashcards. This post uses animal flashcards as an example, but the activity is adaptable to a variety of topics. It is best suited for nouns,...

Classroom Management in a Nutshell

Classroom Management in a Nutshell

What is Classroom Management? Classroom management is a term used by teachers (and their managers) to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly.  It is an essential skill for all teachers. Once a class...

How to Teach Private Classes: Adapting Course Books

How to Teach Private Classes: Adapting Course Books

Many teachers wonder how to teach private classes using EFL course books to help provide lessons with an overall structure. However, as most course books are intended for use in a group, these will usually need to be adapted in order...

Phonics Games: Phonic Families Race and Phonic Bingo

Phonics Games: Phonic Families Race and Phonic Bingo

Whole-word memorisation techniques should form part of our students’ approach to learning new vocabulary. However, as over 70% of the English language is phonetic, it is important to remember that when we teach the phonics stage in...

Using Songs with Adults

Using Songs with Adults

Now, we all know the merits of using songs in kids’ lessons, but there is potential to go beyond the likes of ‘Touch Your Head’ and ‘We Like To Walk’. Music should not just be thought of as being exclusively used in your kids’...

Methodology and Approach: Task-Based Learning in a Nutshell

Methodology and Approach: Task-Based Learning in a Nutshell

The theory behind the Task-Based Learning (TBL) method is that learners are more likely to acquire language naturally if they are thinking about a non-linguistic problem. Students might be given a problem or task to perform (i.e....

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