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Customizing Learning without Building Custom Content assessment authentic materials homework vocabulary Feb 20, 2023

Adult learners often have very specific ideas about how they’ll use English as their foreign language and why they need it. That, in turn, leads to sometimes specific requests. Sometimes they’re REALLY specific– intellectual property legal terms? Salmon farming vocabulary?...

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How to Encourage Frustrated Learners adult learners authentic materials error correction praise vocabulary Oct 24, 2022

Language learning as an adult is a huge challenge to undertake. It doesn’t help that there is tons of marketing out there, from institutes to apps and everything in between, that says there is a proven, painless method. For those of us that work in language education, and especially those...

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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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The TEFL Lab’s Guide to Teaching with Authentic Materials activity adult learners authentic materials homework listening reading vocabulary Sep 05, 2022

If you’ve been in the classroom for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard from other teachers, your own teacher training, or other places that authentic material is a must for English language classes. But what actually counts as authentic material, and how can you use it...

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Teaching Relevant Vocabulary adult learners reading stt vocabulary Jul 11, 2022

When you’re preparing to teach a new student, it’s important to consider the learner’s intended use of the language. If a learner is studying a foreign language for fun or travel, they’ll likely be looking for vocabulary within the context of meeting new people,...

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17 Easy Ways to Extend Lesson Activities On the Spot activity grammar listening reading stt student talking time vocabulary Oct 11, 2021

Part of being an effective teacher is being able to make a decision on the spot to extend an activity or increase the difficulty right then and there. Fortunately, this is a skill that you can hone with a little practice and the tips we’ve put together for you on this list.

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