Testing in TESOL Part 1: A Taxonomy of Tests

Testing in TESOL Part 1: This post is the first part of a five part series on testing in the field of TESOL. There is too much information about TESOL testing for one blog post, and I have never been one to cram. In the first two parts, I want to focus on the types […]

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Yes, Drill Sergeant! How To Use EFL Practice Drills

Oral drills are a technique that we teach during the IDELT™ TEFL training course. Since oral drills can be difficult to set up and facilitate, we usually suggest teachers-in-training try to implement them later in the course after they become comfortable with the foundational classroom management techniques. Nevertheless, it is an important skill to develop. What is […]

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EFL Lesson Planning – PPP: Peter Piper Picked a Whatawhata?

Actually, in TEFL-speak, PPP is a term referred to in lesson planning and it stands for- Presentation, Practice and Production. This format is commonly used in the communicative approach to teaching EFL and traditionally, PPP is kept in sequential order. Presentation is the time to present the new grammar or target language for the lesson. […]

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The Downside to Teaching EFL Using the Translation Method

There are two schools of thought about teaching EFL using translation. The direct translation/grammar translation method was used extensively for reading and interpreting texts, usually in the field of academia. In fact my husband used this method when he wrote his thesis on Hegel (way back in 1975!!!). He did not have to be conversant in German to interpret […]

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Whiteboards That Aren’t so White: Organization in the ESL Classroom

Even though teachers can’t scratch their nails on a chalk board anymore to get their students’ attention, there are many other ways to keep your students attentive in the classroom with good board work. I always go into an ESL classroom with at least three colors of marker, but preferably four. I’m a grammar nerd, so […]

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