ELT Experiences

Experiences for English Language Teaching

By - Martin Sketchley

English Bites Episode 6: Ten Food Phrases

What English food phrases do you know? How would you describe something as easy in English? Watch the following video to learn ten phrases related to food.

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By - Martin Sketchley

Teaching Tips Episode 9: Nine Ways To Teach Vocabulary

In this Teaching Tips Episode, I look at Nine Ways To Teach Vocabulary for the English classroom. In this video, I attempt to share nine ways (not ten ways) to teach vocabulary in the classroom. The nine ideas include:

  1. Using Flashcards
  2. Drawing Pictures on the Whiteboard
  3. Using Word Families
  4. Matching Definitions
  5. Highlighting Wordstress
  6. Removing Vowels
  7. Teaching Common Collocations
  8. Matching Opposite and Related Words
  9. Playing Language Games
  10. THERE IS NO TEN!!! (my mistake)

What do you think is important for students when they are learning vocabulary? How do you teach vocabulary in the ESL / EFL classroom? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Previous Teaching Tips Episode: The Phonemic Chart.

By - Martin Sketchley

Top Ten Tips For Working In Turkey

One of the benefits of being an English language teacher or involved in TEFL is the opportunity to travel around the world. Not many other jobs offer the opportunity for people to travel, learn about a culture or learn more about the language. One country which is very popular for many EFL teachers is Turkey with its rich and immersive culture. In this post, Emre gives his top ten tips for working in Turkey.

By - Martin Sketchley

Top Ten Tips For Observing Teachers

Observing teachers can be quite a challenge, especially if you have limited observation experience. However, it shouldn’t be too stressful and you can also help teachers with the whole process. There are of course different observations which are considered: pop-in observations (where a senior member of staff pops their head through the door to get a general idea of the class), formal observation (which is arranged by the Director of Studies or a senior teacher) and a peer-observation. Each have different objectives and this will be looked at in a future article. In this article, we shall look at ten tips for observing teachers and things to consider.

By - Martin Sketchley

Five Ways to be an Online English Teacher

 

Online education is becoming more popular and common throughout the world as technology and educational institutions invest in the possible future of English language teaching. Furthermore, English teachers are now supplementing their income with online English teaching in the evenings or after a summer school has closed their doors for another year. In this blog post, which also supplements a YouTube video, looks at five ways to an online English teacher.

By - Martin Sketchley

Five Ways to Use Newspapers in the EFL Classroom

One way to incorporate authentic text in the EFL classroom is to use Newspapers with students. Furthermore, should teachers be located in a country where English newspapers are limited, then the internet is also available to access newspaper articles. However, the issue for many teachers is how they should use newspaper articles in the classroom so that it is accessible and comprehensible for learners. In this post, we look at Five Ways to Use Newspapers in the EFL Classroom.

By - Martin Sketchley

Five Icebreakers in the EFL Classroom

Those dreaded first lessons do not have to be stressful. Watch the video below for some ideas on five icebreakers in the EFL classroom.

What activities or techniques do you incorporate in your first lessons? Have you tried any ideas in the video?

By - Martin Sketchley

Five Ways To Get Students Moving

It has been over a year since I last recorded a video for my YouTube Channel – I cannot believe how quick fast time flies. Nevertheless, I have now focused today on recording and editing a video based upon getting students moving around the classroom with five practical tips and techniques. The video is available to watch below.

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I leave this question for you: How do you normally get students moving around the classroom? What do you do to keep learners on their toes?

By - Martin Sketchley

Five Ways for Teachers to Talk Less and Students to Talk More

It can always be difficult in prompting learners to talk or respond to questions, particularly if they are not used to it. Teachers can try a number of things: games, rewarding behaviour or input, reminding learners of class rules, offering some form of carrot (a movie at the end of the week) or the threat of homework. For English teachers, it can become quite challenging particularly should one have the same students throughout the year.

There are some reasons why learners can be naturally quiet in the classroom, but encouraging them to interact can improve their progress However, the more the teacher talks, the less the students talk. What is more, you do not want your students to come to class just to listen to you. So Annabelle Fee offers some suggestions: five ways for English teachers to talk less and students to talk more.

 

By - Martin Sketchley

Story Cubes: Ten Teaching Ideas

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A few months ago, I decided to invest in some Story Cubes and have been trying them out with some of my classes. If you are unfamiliar with Story Cubes, they are a collection of nine dice with images printed on each side of the dice. They are stored in a convenient box which is super portable, with them being small enough to just place in your pocket. Anyhow, when using the Story Cubes in class, the students responded positively and created some very engaging and funny stories. If you want to find out a bit more information about these Story Cubes, you can check Rory’s website.

In this article, we look at ten teaching ideas for using Story Cubes in the classroom.