Monthly Archives: October 2014

Some ideas on how to effectively use L1 in the EFL classroom

Used well, your students first language has a valid place in your EFL classroom. Here are some ideas of activities to incorporate L1 into your lessons: 1) Translation Consequences Take a piece of paper for each student and give them … Continue reading

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Ways of encouraging Students to communicate in English in the EFL classroom

While L1 is becoming more accepted in the EFL classroom we still hope our students are communicating as much as possible in English. Here are some of the methods I use to ensure they speak English as much as possible: … Continue reading

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Recent research on the use of L1 in the EFL classroom

Reading around this subject for my talk I came across a lot of interesting stuff, this article in particular- “Let’s Humanize Language Teaching by Using L1” by Ms. Deepti Jindal, M.A., B.Ed. One section was especially interesting, she talked about why … Continue reading

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A new take on picture dictation

Revising the present continuous today we did a picture dictation with a difference. Half the class described a picture to their partners: Then the listeners went and drew the picture on the board: This activity was great fun, and a … Continue reading

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Using video in the classroom – webinar by Stephanie Dimond-Bayir

Yesterday I joined a great webinar on using video in class. I love webinars, it’s so handy to get a dose of CPD and motivation while curled up on the sofa, not to mention the handy ideas to use  in … Continue reading

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Time-easy activities

Sometimes it’s the lack of prep time that stops us playing more games in class, that’s when I outsource to child labour!

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