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The 5 P’s: Meaningful Classroom Rules. By Lisa Koplik

Be Positive, Productive, Polite, Prepared, and ResPectful. Topics : A Teacher’s PerspectiveClassroom Ideas meaningful classroom rules Whenever a classroom appears on a television show, in a magazine, or in a fictional book, kids are often portrayed as quiet, calm, seated, and absolutely thrilled to be learning. We, as teachers, recognize that this scenario is very …

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The Art of English – Reading

Reading is not what it is believed to be… merely mastering the art of putting together letters into words and making sense of it… both vocabulary and grammar, or even pronunciation and meaning… Students drag their feet when it comes to reading… as kids and youngsters shy away from reading… and it doesn’t only happen …

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Motivation – Motivating or Motivated ?

Too often do English teachers -and others- presume that motivation follows suit to request or requirement… but we couldn’t be further from the truth… Motivation is, like all things, learnt… We can see that in kids from a very young age already… children who are not challenged and motivated will not make the slightest effort …

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When Virtual hits Reality

We live in a world where virtual reality abounds and often rules… yet if we’re all at one time or another exposed to it not all of us understand it… Most people still find it difficult to relate the drawing of money from a cash machine to the fact that it takes it out of …

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The Art of English – Testing and Auditing the Student’s Levels, Needs and Objectives

Students may tell you their level is this or that… although it is very difficult to assess one’s own level when one is not an English teaching professional… hence the need for a thorough audit of the level, needs and objectives… This audit will not only assess the level of the students but also their …

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The Art of English – Starting an English Course

Starting an English Course is best done when the teacher has already tested the students’ levels and audited their needs before setting objectives and preparing English lessons to reach those objectives… Testing the students’ level will help you start the course on the right foot… rather than relying on impressions or resting the course on …

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The Triune Brain and its implications in the #English classroom

Dr. Paul Mac Lean developed the theory of the Triune brain. It states that our brain evolved in three different stages: the reptilian brain, the mammalian brain and finally the neo cortex or human brain. As a result, humans don’t have one brain but three. Newer and more elaborate structures were added to the old …

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David Fuentes : “FOLLOW THE MONEY”

David Fuentes Sounds great, here’s mine: “FOLLOW THE MONEY” is a collection of Novellas that follow the lives of different bank notes on their journeys, as they pass from one person to the next, through London and New York respectively. Both of these bank notes undergo “… A TWIST OF FATE” in the second instalment …

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History of Hip Hop

Another book for those fans of Hip Hop… Hip Hop is a subculture phenomenon which was given a voice through the tough neighborhoods of America’s largest conurbations. Springing from the poverty of cities in urban America, it quickly uncovered an exciting array of new urban talent eager to tell their own stories and bring a …

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How to use songs in the English language classroom

‘A good old-fashioned CD can often be a useful backup.’ ‘A good old-fashioned CD can often be a useful backup.’ Image © Michael Hicks licensed under CC-BY- 2.0 and adapted from the original. What makes for a successful song-based lesson? Adam Simpson, second-time winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his post …

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