In this course we will first explain what proficiency is, and then introduce how proficiency is assessed. In some situations, learners and teachers will choose to use an external proficiency test, like IELTS. In other situations, it may be...
Culture differences in everyday life
This course is part of our mini-series on intercultural communication. Make sure you have already done the introductory course: "Getting Started with Intercultural Awareness" before you do this one. You may also like to do the course "How culture...
Digging Deeper into Word Classes: Overview
This series of courses is designed to help you deeply understand the various word classes (parts of speech), so you can confidently understand the differences between nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in English, even in potentially difficult...
Digging Deeper into Word Classes: Specifics
The first course in this series (Digging Deeper into Word Classes) will have introduced you to some linguistic concepts which are relevant to understanding word classes. In this course, we apply those concepts to the four major English word...
Fostering Group Dynamics in regular Classroom Activities
In a busy teaching environment with a syllabus to follow and exams to prepare for, there may seem little time for the apparent luxury of group dynamics activities. This course offers some practical, instantly useable, suggestions, for activities...
Getting started teaching vocabulary
This course provides a good foundation for how to teach vocabulary in the classroom. It covers classic pitfalls to avoid, which vocabulary to teach, and how to teach it for the first time. Author: Joanna Smith
Getting Started with adult ESOL
All the different acronyms in the ELT industry can be confusing. There's EFL, ESOL, EAP, ESP and the list goes on. Is there really any difference? Aren't we all just teaching English? In fact yes, there is a difference. The context matters. In...
Getting Started with English Verb Forms
This course will help you to learn what all the different verb forms in English are called. In a later course, you will learn what the different functions of the forms are. Author: Joanna Smith
Getting Started with Group Dynamics
Have you ever had a wonderful group? Have you ever had a difficult group? What made them like that? Most teachers are aware that some groups simply 'work' better than others. Why is this? And is there anything we can do as teachers to improve the...
Getting started with intercultural awareness
Being able to communicate effectively in a new community involves much more than just having the right words and grammatical structures. A crucial part of language learning is also learning the culture that goes with it. In this series of...