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10 Authentic Teaching Tips for Introducing Native Speakers to Your Class

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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 …