Grammar, vocabulary and skills
Articles and studies featuring practical tips and advice on teaching grammar, vocabulary and skills.
Grammar, vocabulary and skills articles
Dave Willis puts the case for making lexis the starting point in teaching.
In this article from the archives of English Teaching professional magazine, Scott Thornbury says that learning how to speak is as important as learning what to say.
A discussion and useful techniques for learning and teaching idioms.
David Heathfield suggests some simple storytelling strategies.
An article discussing ways to overcome the problem of students who don't want to write.
Luke Prodromou wonders whether it still rains cats and dogs.
Steve Buckledee employs a poetic strategy for getting students to examine language in greater detail.
Advice and discussion about using dictionaries in the EFL/ESL classroom.
An article discussing the problems faced when teaching English pronunciation.
In this article from the archives of English Teaching professional magazine, Gerald Kelly discusses the issue of teaching intonation.
Advice and suggestions about teaching writing in the English classroom.
Michael Rundell shows that word-frequency data is relevant to teaching and learning languages.
An article highlighting useful techniques for autonomous vocabulary learning.
Seven suggestions of ways to help students enjoy grammar.
Welcome to the third part of this series in which we examine the potential roles of non-conventional corpora (search engines, etc.) in language learning and teaching. So far, we have looked at lyric search sites, multimedia players and quotation banks. In this article, our attention is going to shift from words to pictures.
A discussion on learning vocabulary and the difficulties of connecting form and meaning.
Julie Moore discusses what learners' dictionaries can do for learners. The following article is reproduced with the kind permission of English Teaching professional.
A discussion and explanation on the concept of Standard English.
'Work it out for yourself!' How often do you ask your students to do this when they turn to you for word meanings during reading activities? And what do you do when they ignore your advice? In this article, Jamie Keddie shares some thoughts.
A discussion and explanation of collocations and practical suggestions for teaching them.
Michael Hoey, chief adviser on the Macmillan Dictionary of English for Advanced Learners, considers the consequences of changes in lexicography.
Claire Treleaven's article and lesson plan is aimed at using alternative ways to present grammar to students with varied learning styles.
Advice and suggestions about teaching writing using the internet
Hester Lott gives us some useful tips and suggestions for how to teach grammar.