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EditorialWhat is Grammar?Grammar is the body of rules which underlie a language. It includes rules which govern the structure of words (suffixes and prefixes) and rules which govern the structure of words to form clauses and sentences that are acceptable to native speakers. Without grammar, words hang together without any real meaning or sense. In order...

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The enormous amount of existing materials for the teaching of English to young learners might lead us to think that everything has been invented and nothing is left to be discovered in EFL. But when you are in a real classroom working with children you realise that not all existing materials are equally successful in the class. Why is that? Why do...

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EditorialThe majority of teachers have the perception that learning should be serious and solemn in nature that students should sit still all the time and that fun, humour and laughter do not play a role in learning. However, the field of language teaching has seen a drastic change moving from the classic educational model to the most flexible and...

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In this month's issue we explore the value – or lack thereof – of coursebooks in the ELT classroom. Most teachers would agree that no matter how attractive an ELT coursebook might look, its real strengths and hidden weaknesses will unfold only in action, that is, in actual classroom use. The process of choosing the right course book is a serious...

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 Issue 3 of ELT NEWS features a back to school section full of ideas and tips to start the new academic year in the best possible way. We also explore how storytelling can be used in the classroom and how music and songs can boost language learning. Finally James Martin of the British Council talks to ELT NEWS about the role of the British Council and...

Teaching Materials and Young Learners

The enormous amount of existing materials for the teaching of English to young learners might lead us to think that everything has been invented and nothing is left to be discovered in EFL. But when you are in a real classroom...

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Idiomatic English means Brits struggle to communicate with the world

It's a theory which is bound to put the cat among the pigeons.  The british are proud of the idiomatic humour of their language. But an academic has argued that they are actually falling behind because they insist on using phrases...

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Games: A strong teaching tool

There has been a great effort to develop teaching techniques especially when young learners are involved, unfortunately their attention span is quite short. So Teachers should be creative and capable of arising the learners’ energy, enthusiasm, curiosity. One way to...

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Can we force a student to learn?

No, we can’t force a student to learn, however there are many great methods to encourage students to learn. Teachers who encourage learning produce individuals who are better educated and more prepared for the future. Encouraging students to learn requires...

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