Daily Archives: July 13, 2018

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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Reading for Real: Storybooks in the classroom

Reading for Real: Storybooks in the classroom by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) There are two ways to view reading in the younger learner classroom: learning to read and reading to learn.   Reading to learn involves target language … Continue reading

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Setting Context

Setting Context by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Context, function and form give learners the essential where, why and how of the language (or skill) being taught. A lesson needs all three to make it clear and engaging. … Continue reading

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Planning a Young Learner Lesson

Planning a Young Learner Lesson by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save What should I teach? The first thing a teacher needs to decide is WHAT they want to teach. What do children need to learn? • Vocabulary – … Continue reading

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Teaching Tips – Drama Activities for Younger Learners

Teaching Tips – Drama Activities for Younger Learners by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Drama activities provide good practice of the target language, variation in the lesson and, through fun, stimulate the learners. Drama activities provide good practice … Continue reading

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Talking about the Future

Talking about the Future by Sophia McMIllan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Talking about the future in English can be difficult as technically there are no future tenses in English. The future is not fixed – it does not exist yet. … Continue reading

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Teaching the Under 5s

Teaching the under 5s by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Teaching very young learners (under 5s) can be particularly daunting for many teachers. For most it is the first time they have had to cope with children this young, … Continue reading

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Managing Very Young Learners

Managing very Young Learners by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Facing a class of under fives can be a very frightening experience. What do you do when they start crying, crawling under the table, throwing things, won’t participate … Continue reading

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Classroom Tools 1: Checking Meaning & Eliciting

Classroom Tools 1: Checking Meaning & Eliciting by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Shane Training Centre, Japan What are Concept Check Questions (CCQs)?    What are Concept Check Questions? A question to lead learners to understand or … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Teaching Children

10 Tips for Teaching Children by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) 1. Establish ground rules from the first day of class and be clear, consistent and fair throughout 2. Remember the learners’ names. Encourage them to use and remember … Continue reading

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