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A. What is ‘needs analysis’? By definition ‘needs analysis’ is the procedure which is organized in order to determine the gap between the existing knowledge of learners and the one needed for fulfilling the desired aims. Once this gap is determined, decisions can be made concerning the procedures which need to be followed...

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In this article we will present 3 different activities focusing on grammar, vocabulary and listening respectively. Activity 1: Get your tenses right Aim: To review tenses Level: Any Language focus: Tenses Procedure: Make enough paper copies of the following chart which is also displayed on the board. Ask the learners to provide an example...

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In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on writing and reading respectively. Activity 1: Correct it Aim: To develop writing skills Level: Any Language focus: To develop spelling skills Procedure: Type a piece of writing including words with spelling errors. The level of difficulty depends on the level and the...

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In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on vocabulary and speaking respectively. Activity 1: Word mind-mapping Aim: To develop mind-mapping skills for vocabulary storing and recycling Level: Any Language focus: Any vocabulary topic Procedure: Ask the learners if they know what a mind map is. Display one or more...

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In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on vocabulary and reading respectively. Activity 1: What do you remember? Aim: To revise vocabulary, structures and functions Level: Any Language focus: Vocabulary topics, grammar Procedure: Scan or find a photo of a context including the vocabulary items in question and...

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In this short article we will present 3 different activities focusing on grammar, vocabulary and speaking practice respectively. Activity 1: An authentic text Aim: To analyze grammar included in a text Level: Intermediate + Language focus: Any grammatical phenomenon in question Procedure: Select an appropriate article from a suitable website and...

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The Language Acquisition Process (in terms of teaching grammar)

The whole second language acquisition process is cyclical and it involves six stages. They are: input, noticing, intake, structuring, proceduralization, and output. First of all, in the input stage, it is learners’ new exposure to the second language and therefore, the...

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English Language Games for the Classroom

By Jet Hiensch, Portugal Jet Hiensch, Dutch teacher of English as a foreign language, living in Portugal, develops English language games for in the classroom. All her games are focused on the oral skills. Her slogan is: Let’s get those kids...

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The Cognitive Aspects of Writing

Paragraphing: It is important to avoid too much eye strain. A piece of writing has to be interesting to attract the reader to new pieces of information. A good paragraph is achieved when a topic sentence is intelligently chosen; the knowledge...

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Learning and Young Children

Young children are natural language acquirers; they are self-motivated to pick up language without conscious learning, unlike adolescents and adults. They have the ability to imitate pronunciation and work out the rules for themselves. Any idea that learning to talk...

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