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Using TPRS Books to Create Awesome Lessons

Let’s take a moment to imagine a world without language. At first, it sounds nice, even peaceful. But then you realize that without it, your favorite TV show would not be nearly as funny. Your favorite books would be nothing …

8 Ridiculously Awesome Teacher Apps for Android

Are you looking for the next big thing you can use to revamp your teaching style? What if I told you that it’s right inside your pocket? And no, I’m not talking about your USB drive filled with PowerPoint presentations—that’s …

Optimize Your Use of Technology in Language Teaching

Has this ever happened to you? You head into work one morning, all excited because at last you’re going to try out that awesome new app all the cool language teachers have been talking about. You just can’t wait to …

Chirp Your Way to Success Using Teacher Twitter

It’s everywhere you go. You can try to hide in the teachers’ lounge or even under your desk. You can go to a nearby café and hide behind your sunglasses, trying to go incognito, but it will follow you. You …

CLIL Science: Overcoming the Barriers

Do you remember your high school days? If you’re like most of us, each class was taught in a separate room. You went to math class, then down the hall to another room for English. When the bell rang, …

A New Way to Approach Translation in Language Teaching

How about some time travel? Let’s go back in time to experience the old days for a few minutes. Come with me to a day when language classrooms looked very different from what they look like now. Back when students …

Remixing Assessment in Language Teaching with 5 Fun Activities

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “assessment?” Probably more of the same reading comprehension exercises and multiple choice bubbles. What about…fun? I know, I know. “Assessment” and “fun” don’t even belong in the …

Lit Learning: A Guide to Literature in Language Teaching

Shakespeare. Molière. Neruda. Keats. Do these names bring back scary memories of dull assignments from your own school days? Even if your answer is “yes,” that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to use literature in your own language teaching.…

10 MFL Speaking Activities for a Productively Talkative Classroom

You toss a question to your class. You imagine hands flying up from enthusiastic students, eager to respond. Instead? Crickets. Blank stares. Maybe an uncomfortable cough or two. Granted, there are moments when silence is optimal for students—like during a …

How to Sort the Best Language Teaching Media from the Rest

Language teaching media. We all use it. But what does it mean, really? In its simplest form, the term “instructional media” refers to any physical materials that an instructor uses to facilitate learning. As such, media encompasses everything from your …

4 Unique and Engaging CLIL Lesson Plan Ideas

Like a long road trip, CLIL is one of those things that sounds magical from a distance. That is, until you actually start to do it. Then reality sets in. With CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), students …

4 Bold Steps to a Powerful Language Immersion Curriculum

Dream big. When you envision a successful immersion curriculum for your students, imagine it in 3D. Think of it as a sprawling cityscape with tall buildings, an impressive skyline and unique but functional architecture. Of course, this may be easier …

The 5 Best Sites for CLIL Worksheets

Are you one of those forward-thinking educators who always wants to try the latest, greatest innovation in the classroom? If you are, then you know how exhausting it can be! Deviating from tried-and-true methods requires meticulous planning, limitless collaboration and …

8 Engaging CLIL Projects That Help Make Learning Fun

CLIL just clicks. With what we know about the importance of making connections in student learning, this methodology just seems to make sense. By now, most of us are familiar with the benefits of CLIL (Content and Language …

10 Books That Will Invigorate Your Language Teaching

Don’t you love the feeling of getting lost in a book? It’s a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon, a lazy Sunday… or many enlightening hours of professional development. Yep! The right language teaching books are your ticket to …

Press Play! How to Teach Foreign Languages with Videos

Do you remember being a student, walking into your classroom and seeing the VCR or DVD player at the front of the room? You felt so excited and happy. Movie day! Today, the technology has changed but the excitement …