Reading

8 Tips to develop reading skills

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After many years training students on TOEFL and IELTS strategies, one of the most difficult skill for most of them is Reading. Not only because it is reading for purpose but also because time is a big deal and the truth is during the test students do not really have […]

Skills

How much correction is enough

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When teaching more complex structures in class, such as conditionals and time clauses, creative work becomes a great tool to build students’ confidence in the language and encourage them to use their own ideas to contextualize TL yet as a free practice. I have always liked to let them create […]

Planning

Quiet classroom, simple solutions

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Language classrooms, specially ESL ones, should be noisy, not in the sense of a distracting noise, but a communicative environment. However, the question is how we can make it loud because students are speaking and using the TL and not because they are just making senseless noise. One of the […]

Skills

Developing Critical Thinking

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Whether in a given subject classroom or in an ESL classroom, critical thinking is a powerful tool for students to start getting knowledge, developing comprehension of a subject, applying learnt concepts and analyzing situations in life. However, when it comes to the ESL classroom, it is sometimes difficult to develop […]