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Grammar, vocabulary and skills

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Grammar, vocabulary and skills articles

  • Grammar and vocabulary: using dictionaries in the EFL/ESL classroom

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Advice and discussion about using dictionaries in the EFL/ESL classroom.

  • Grammar and vocabulary: seven ways to help students enjoy grammar

    Author: Paul Bress Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Seven suggestions of ways to help students enjoy grammar.

  • Grammar and vocabulary: learning vocabulary - connecting form and meaning

    Author: Simon Mumford Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    A discussion on learning vocabulary and the difficulties of connecting form and meaning.

  • Grammar and vocabulary: teaching students collocations

    Author: Rachel Hunt Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    A discussion and explanation of collocations and practical suggestions for teaching them.

  • Grammar and vocabulary: teaching and learning idioms

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    A discussion and useful techniques for learning and teaching idioms.

  • Grammar and vocabulary: techniques for autonomous vocabulary learning

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article highlighting useful techniques for autonomous vocabulary learning.

  • Pronunciation - what are the limits?

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the problems faced when teaching English pronunciation.

  • Teaching writing: the forgotten skill

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Advice and suggestions about teaching writing in the English classroom.

  • Teaching writing using the internet

    Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Advice and suggestions about teaching writing using the internet

  • Students who don't want to write

    Author: Sharon Hartle Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing ways to overcome the problem of students who don't want to write.

  • Google fighting in the classroom

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article

    Jamie Keddie provides a novel approach to using the Internet to research differences in language usage.

  • What's in a word?

    Author: Michael Hoey Type: Article

    Michael Hoey, chief adviser on the Macmillan Dictionary of English for Advanced Learners, considers the consequences of changes in lexicography.

  • Can intonation be taught?

    Author: Gerald Kelly Type: Article Staff Room

    In this article from the archives of English Teaching professional magazine, Gerald Kelly discusses the issue of teaching intonation.

  • Idiomaticity

    Author: Luke Prodromou Type: Article Staff Room

    Luke Prodromou wonders whether it still rains cats and dogs.

  • The corpus principle: Part 3 – Image corpora

    Author: Jamie Keddie Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Article, Teaching notes Staff Room

    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.

  • Teaching by numbers

    Author: Michael Rundell Type: Article Staff Room

    Michael Rundell shows that word-frequency data is relevant to teaching and learning languages.

  • Towards a new methodology

    Author: Dave Willis Type: Article Staff Room

    Dave Willis puts the case for making lexis the starting point in teaching.

  • A third way

    Author: Hester Lott Type: Article Staff Room

    Hester Lott gives us some useful tips and suggestions for how to teach grammar.

  • Natural language learning

    Author: Julie Moore Type: Article Staff Room

    Julie Moore discusses what learners' dictionaries can do for learners.

  • Speaking spontaneously

    Author: David Heathfield Type: Article Staff Room

    David Heathfield suggests some simple storytelling strategies.

  • Awareness, appropriation and autonomy

    Author: Scott Thornbury Type: Article Staff Room

    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.

  • Presenting grammar in a way that accommodates different learning styles

    Author: Claire Treleaven Type: Article, General lesson plan

    Claire Treleaven's article and lesson plan is aimed at using alternative ways to present grammar to students with varied learning styles.

  • From paragraph to poem

    Author: Steve Buckledee Type: Article Staff Room

    Steve Buckledee employs a poetic strategy for getting students to examine language in greater detail.

  • Walking, talking dictionaries

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article

    '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.

  • Grammar and vocabulary: What is Standard English?

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    A discussion and explanation on the concept of Standard English.

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