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10 Authentic Teaching Tips for Introducing Native Speakers to Your Class


What’s even better than authentic materials?

Authentic people, of course.

One conversation with a native speaker is more valuable than any combination of activities, games and simulated conversations.

And in terms of authentic language practice and

Literacy in MFL: Teach Your Students to Read, and You’ll Gift Them a Lifetime of Learning


As the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

The same is true for language teaching, except without the fish.…

4 Ways for Language Teachers to Master Classroom Management


There’s a reason why this article is on classroom management and not classroom control.

Control is one-sided.

A successful class happens when teachers and students meet each other halfway.

Management is all about guidance, trust and reciprocity—but that doesn’t …

4 Handy Types of Assessment in Language Teaching That Stray from Tradition


Test, assessment, exam…

Words so terrifying they send chills down the spines of even the most accomplished students.

That may be a bit dramatic, but here’s a fact: Practically no one likes tests.

The good news is that over …

5 Secrets to Successful Content-based Language Teaching


The sole aim of a math class is to teach students math, right?

Nope, not if you’re using content-based language teaching (CBLT).

Don’t worry if you got that one wrong.

Teachers and con artists have more in common than you …

Wax On, Wax Off: 3 Task-based Language Teaching Activities for the Smart Sensei


What does the 1984 movie “Karate Kid” have to do with teaching languages?

A lot, as it turns out.

The movie is about Daniel, a bullied teenager who’s taken under the wings of a Japanese karate master, one Mr. Miyagi.…

How to Teach a Foreign Language in High School: 5 Tips That Will Keep Your Students Coming Back for More


“Know your audience.”

(Before you open your mouth.)

It’s as good of a piece of advice as any other, and is applicable not only in sales and public speaking, but also in teaching foreign language—a rarefied form of sales …