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Tips for Teaching 1-on-1 Lessons assessment games rapport reflection stt May 15, 2023

While it’s true that group class dynamics can require some special attention from a teacher, it’s equally true that a 1-on-1 class requires a strategic approach from the teacher.

How are 1-on-1 classes different from group classes?

Most group classes have a range of...

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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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9 Things Adult EFL Learners Want from Their Classes adult learners error correction homework praise rapport stt Jun 13, 2022

Whether you’re teaching adult learners as your first assignment or are transitioning from teaching kids, we’ve rounded up 9 important things that adult learners want in the language classroom.  Check out the list below to get a better idea of how to meet the needs and...

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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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Introducing: The TEFL Lab’s Learner Needs Analysis adult learners assessment rapport Feb 14, 2022

Most learners today have specific needs and, regardless of their level, want to feel that those needs are addressed in their English courses. That can sound daunting to a new EFL teacher, but have no fear! You can do quite a bit of customization for a learners needs even while working with our...

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Three Low-Prep Warm-Up Strategies activity ccqs rapport warm up Jan 31, 2022

Warming up at the beginning of an English class is an essential step, but have you ever stopped and thought about all the things it really does?

The humble warm-up at the start of a class does so many things! It helps your learners transition into class mode (or English-speaking mode) from...

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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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