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Scott Thornbury on teaching methods through the ages

Here’s a fascinating and highly entertaining talk by Scott Thornbury, who looks at how English teaching methods have changed over the last hundred or so years. He illustrates the changes in methods by looking at the content of coursebooks he

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8 Great Reads for online English teachers

The Practice of English Language Teaching, Jeremy Harmer This is a guide to the task of teaching English and is always recommended to people embarking on teacher certification courses like the CELTA and for all new teachers. People often describe

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Teaching Unplugged Activities (Part Two)

Talking about Feelings In yesterday’s article, I introduced the ideas behind Teaching Unplugged and described some activities from the book, adapted for use by the online English teacher. If we follow a coursebook, which almost all classroom students and many

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Teaching Unplugged Activities for the Online English Teacher (Part One)

In my time teaching in language school classrooms, it’s always been a common sight to see teachers staggering into classrooms armed with piles of photocopied worksheets, laminated cards, DVDs and, increasingly, trays full of iPads – this in classrooms in

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