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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.



Blank stares.

Maybe an uncomfortable cough or two.

Granted, there are moments when silence is optimal for students—like during a …

9 Surefire Sites to Find an Online Language Teaching Position You’ll Love


Let me paint you a picture.

It’s Monday morning.

You’ve had a restful weekend.

Your lesson plans are loaded up and ready to go and it’s time to start your busy week of teaching.

But there’s no need to pack

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 …

How to Mix and Match Modern Language Teaching Methods for Maximum Student Success


You don’t want to reinvent the wheel.

But that doesn’t mean we should drive our cars on wagon wheels instead of tires.

Sometimes, a smart update is necessary to turn something good into something great.

Take your language teaching. Do …

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 …