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How to Apply the Lexical Approach to Language Teaching in Your Classroom

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Which do you think is more important—advancing vocabulary or teaching grammar?

As a language teacher, you’ve undoubtedly considered the question.

If you had to choose one to the total exclusion of the other, which one would it be?…

Oh! Ahh! 15 New Language Classroom Translation Activities

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Raul sauntered into my English Review class, slouched into his chair and threw an open notebook onto his desk in disgust, pouting.

“What’s up, Raul?” I asked him.

“My teacher gave us these sentences to translate and I don’t get …

10 Colorful Approaches to Teaching Context in Language

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What exactly is “context”?

Looking at the word’s origin gives us a lovely image.

It’s from the Latin contextus, which means a weaving or putting together.

I bet you thought the “text” part of “context” referred to text. I …

4 Foreign Language Project Ideas for Student-driven Success

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Have you ever had to teach a teenager how to drive?

If so, you remember how helpless, and even terrified, you felt as you gave that teen the wheel.

It’s hard to give up control over something so important.

But …

10 Language Games for Kids That Even Grown Ups Love

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Ready to set your class on fire?

No, you don’t need the firetrucks on this one. I’m talking about getting your students engaged with the content and setting your classroom ablaze with fun and excitement.

Playing games in the foreign

10 MFL Speaking Activities for a Productively Talkative Classroom

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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 …

Master the Fine Art of Storytelling: 3 TPR Storytelling Examples

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You yell at the screen, “Don’t go down to that basement, dummy!”

Well, that person doesn’t hear you and they go down to the basement.

Sigh.

In this case, you have no say in the story line and your favorite …