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4 Practical and Fun Interpersonal Communication Activities


Have you ever had a conversation with someone who only wanted to talk, and not listen?

It’s annoying, isn’t it?

You might try to get a word in, but the other person doesn’t seem to hear you. Instead, he or …

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 …

Everything in Its Place: 3 Context-set Language Lessons


Have you ever gone grocery shopping without a list?

It might seem like a good idea at first.

But then you wander aimlessly.

You have some vague idea of what you need and why you need it… but that idea …

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


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


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


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 …