Here at English In Action we wanted to address some of the common problems that English teachers are likely to worry about and give tips on how to minimise their effects on our teaching and mental health generally.
Grammar translation as a method of teaching languages is an outdated and largely discredited methodology. However, just because it doesn’t appear to be a good basis for learning how to communicate in another language, this doesn’t mean that activities involving translation should all be junked altogether.
Emails serve a multitude of purposes and can be a vital point of reference. Time after time in the classroom, students request to learn how to write an email as this style provides concise and efficient communication, this is especially useful for anyone whose career might require them to communicate with people abroad.
Across the western world, many schools and communities are opening their doors to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine while there is also an ongoing stream of migrants from Syria and other troubled parts of the world. Here I share my experiences of teaching English to refugees.
As I write the world is starting to open up again. Hopefully, this continues and we can put the last two years behind us. This blog focuses on examples of common exercises, activities and games that can form part of a communicate English lesson without the need for close contact between participants. We have drawn on the experience we have gained during the pandemic.
At one point or another, most of us have used songs as a teaching resource. Students generally enjoy listening to music, and songs provide a natural way of exposing our learners to various types of language.
This post is aimed mainly at non-Muslim teachers of English with limited knowledge of Islam or the practice of Ramadan. It is not intended to be a comprehensive explanation of Ramadan but rather a brief guide to the challenges and opportunities Muslim students and colleagues may face during this period of the year. We also suggest some English teaching and learning opportunities for the whole class that can be inspired by Ramadan.
We are all familiar with the various challenges that the pandemic has forced us to endure. We have learnt a lot during the last two years, primarily that at times like this that it is more important than ever to stay connected. One may think with modern technology that we are more connected than ever. But is this really the case? What does it actually mean to be connected?