Teacher Tip – Setting Goals

A new term is about to start and we encourage our students to set goals. Some of our students may not see the value in this, and that may be because they aren’t choosing a goal that is personally important to them. Encourage them to choose a goal that they feel excited about accomplishing, and […]

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Teacher Tip – Conversation time

Students need a chance to practice informal conversations during class. This is especially true for students at level 3 and above. Try to set aside five or ten minutes during class to have a real conversation with your student(s). Here are a couple of ideas to get you started Chat informally with your student at […]

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Teacher Tip – Realia: it’s not just for vocabulary

Making and Using Realia and Visual Aids Realia  (real objects) and visuals aren’t just for teaching vocabulary. They can even be great for illustrating grammatical patterns.  Here are ideas on how to use objects: A variety of interesting objects (these can be things you grab out of the kitchen and bathroom and throw into a […]

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Teacher Tip – working on pronunciation

English pronunciation can be very confusing. What we write and how we pronounce often seem completely different. This makes our adult students hesitant to speak. Your goal as a teacher is to help your students speak so that they can understood–it’s ok if they have an accent. Here are a couple of ideas to help […]

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Teacher Tip – Building confidence in your students

Use routines. Students become more confident when they know what to expect. Begin each class the same way so that students, even those who arrive late, are able to catch on and participate quickly. Beginning with greetings every class, or going over simple information such as the weather can fill those first few minutes. Teach […]

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Teacher Tip – Increasing Student Talking Time

  We all know that students should speak as much as possible in class. However,  actually implementing this it can be difficult.  Here are a few tips to get your students speaking more: Do pair work. If you pair your students, half of them are talking at once. This provides for much more practice time […]

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Teacher Tip-Ideas that work from current volunteers

At our recent Lunch and Learn, current volunteers shared activities and ideas that have worked for them. Her is a selection of their ideas. “Candy Pop Quiz”- presented by Ken Rudy Activity:  Give students a handful of candy and two different lists of questions and answers (or have them make their own lists) and have them pair […]

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Teacher Tip – Field Trips

Field trips are a great way to give your student real-life language practice. Every Interactive English book has a specific suggestion for a field trip on Day 9. The suggested field trip is related to topics studied in that level, but feel free to choose a different location that works better for your student or […]

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Teacher Tip – Teaching Grammar with Interactive English

  Grammar can be perceived as one of the most challenging aspects of teaching English. At Intercambio, we divide our grammar lessons into three stages: Present, Practice and Apply. Present When it comes to grammar, there is often no answer to the question, “Why is it like that?” Students need to learn that there are certain […]

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