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Teacher Skills to Implement During Speaking Activities error correction participation rapport stt Apr 03, 2023

There’s a common misconception that teaching conversation classes or conducting speaking activities with intermediate to advanced level learners requires less effort than teaching, say, grammar to a beginner student. While we’d agree that working with a student who has a strong...

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Online Group Class Dynamics ccqs group classes instructions participation rapport stt ttt wait time Jan 09, 2023

A lot can happen in a group class, and they can be a lot to manage at times– even if you’re teaching adults. While the rich interactions, questions, insights, and challenges that arise in group classes can be amazing, they still require some management strategies here and there.
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6 Quality Conversation Starters to Ask at the Beginning of Your Lesson adult learners participation stt vocabulary warm up Sep 26, 2022

How was your weekend? Ah, that old tried and true question you ask at the beginning of class. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon, if you’re meeting with your student for the first time since the weekend, it’s a natural question to ask. But week...

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High-Impact Changes in the EFL Classroom error correction instructions participation stt May 02, 2022

Trying to implement new changes in the EFL classroom can be a tricky task– how do you do it, analyze if it’s been successful, and decide what’s next? It can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! This week on the blog, we’re highlighting a few changes you can...

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Strategies to Boost STT in Low-Level Learners participation rapport silence stt student talking time teacher talking time ttt Feb 28, 2022

Teaching low-level English learners is a challenge that some teachers shy away from, while others dive right in.  The truth is that, while it can be intimidating to teach a new beginner (especially if you don’t speak their L1), it doesn’t have to be scary or frustrating! Many...

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Self Reflection: The Path to Improvement instructions participation professional development reflection stt ttt wait time Oct 18, 2021

We put so much time and effort into preparing for our lessons but we can sometimes forget about an equally important part of teaching – reflection. But what is it? Self-reflection is the process of evaluating a lesson you just taught. When you practice self-reflection after a lesson, you...

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How do I build rapport with students? error correction participation praise rapport Sep 27, 2021

Learning a new language, especially as an adult, is a unique experience. There aren’t too many other instances in life that can reduce your ability to communicate to that of an infant. The language learning process is, in reality, rife with anxiety, frustration, and never-ending...

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