Monthly Archives: July 2018

You already are what you Want to be

Whatever it is that you envision for yourself—no matter how lofty or impossible it may seem to you right now—I encourage you to begin acting as if what you would like to become is already your reality. This is a … Continue reading

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Using Pictures in the EFL Classroom

Using Pictures in the EFL Classroom – Some Activities by Sophia McMillan (Tokyo, Japan) Shane Training Centre, Japan Pictures and photos are a valuable resource for stimulating classroom communication and can be used for more than setting the scene and … Continue reading

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Teaching Teens: Motivation & Personalisation

Teaching Teens: Motivation & Personalisation by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Motivation is the reason/s for doing something, factors which make us keen to do something. These reasons can be individual and personal or come from external sources. If … Continue reading

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Teaching 1-1: A Personal Touch Part 1

Teaching 1-1: A Personal Touch Part 1 by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) 保存 There are numerous advantages and disadvantages to teaching/learning in a 1-1 environment. For example: Advantages * Learners have teacher’s full attention * Tailored/personalised lessons * … Continue reading

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Teaching 1-1: A Personal Touch Part 2

Teaching 1-1: A Personal Touch Part 2 by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) 保存 Adult 1-1 Activities  The Scrap Pack: Make some small cards from scrap paper before the class and when a new phrase comes up or … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Routines Routines are very useful in classrooms and apply to both adults’ and children’s classes. These routines include: * Following the same format in each lesson * Learners always do the … Continue reading

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Communicative Activities for Children

Communicative Activities for Children by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) 保存 Communicative activities are tasks or activities that involve the learners using the target language to communicate with each other. The point is for learners to be using the … Continue reading

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Reflective Teacher – Teacher Self-Development

Teacher Training: Devised by academic management Pre-determined training course structure Addresses ‘global’ teaching issues* External evaluation Input from “experts” Unthinking acceptance of knowledge Teaching seen from ‘outside in’ Stresses professional skill by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre) Teacher Development Initiated … Continue reading

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Drama in ESL Learning

Drama in ESL Learning By:Lara Although many cultures don’t typically teach drama in school, it is still a useful tool in the classroom. A fun way to teach inflection and tone is through script work. You start with a skeleton … Continue reading

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Warmers for adult classes

Warmers for adult classes by Gavin Addison (Shane Training Centre, Japan) ‘Always do a warmer’ is a standard part of the EFL mantra, but why should we do them and what type of activity should they be?   The rationale … Continue reading

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