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Opposites Attract‏‎ 25 Oct 2014 12:03
Opposites Attract‏‎

Opposites Attract is an activity you can use to practice opposites (or antonyms) in class. Preparation Prepare a set of flashcards, each of which forms half of a pair of words. big - small always - never cheap - expensive and so on. The words [ ... ]

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Distance Dictation‏‎ 25 Oct 2014 11:59
Distance Dictation‏‎

Distance Dictation (sometimes known as Energy Dictation) is great for a young class who need to work off some energy. It involves all the skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing and with an added element of competition it's a good all round activity [ ... ]

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Lexicography‏‎ 25 Oct 2014 11:54
Lexicography‏‎

What is Lexicography? Lexicography is basically all about compiling dictionaries. It's about sitting in a stuffy, darkened, room carefully going over words: examining them, investigating them, analyzing them. It's about asking what exactly words are [ ... ]

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Conditional Mood‏‎ in English Grammar25 Oct 2014 11:46
Conditional Mood‏‎ in English Grammar

This article explores the Conditional Mood; for a simple introduction to conditionals, see Conditionals‏‎ in English Grammar, The Conditional Mood is the form of the verb used in conditional sentences to refer to a hypothetical situation or an uncertain [ ... ]

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Conditionals‏‎ in English Grammar25 Oct 2014 11:08
Conditionals‏‎ in English Grammar

A Conditional is a kind of sentence‏‎ which uses a word such as if. It talks about situations which are not real and imagines what might happen. There are 3 main types of conditional sentences each used in a slightly different situation. First Conditional We [ ... ]

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Blind Artists‏‎ 24 Oct 2014 13:30
Blind Artists‏‎

Blind Artists is a fun (and noisy) way to get the class talking. It's good as a short activity at the end of a lesson or as a longer activity. Props Two blindfolds; ideal are the masks from long-haul airplane journeys but a scarf will do. Blackboard [ ... ]

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Comics‏‎ in the TEFL Classroom24 Oct 2014 12:46
Comics‏‎ in the TEFL Classroom

Comics are an excellent way to introduce your TEFL students to current, everyday English, in a non academic format. Comics are ideal because they are simple to understand (because they're accompanied by pictures which often help explain) they are [ ... ]

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Brain Teasers‏‎ in the TEFL Classroom24 Oct 2014 12:31
Brain Teasers‏‎ in the TEFL Classroom

Brain Teasers are ideal classroom activities and can be used in loads of different ways. They're easy to adapt and you can tweak them to be just right for your TEFL class. Basically a brain teaser is a puzzle where your students have to think to find [ ... ]

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German Shitstorms are not Vulgar...24 Oct 2014 10:33
German Shitstorms are not Vulgar...

An interesting sideline to the eternal debate about taboo words‏‎.

The BBC reports that the English term, shitstorm, considered by many to be vulgar and not a word to be used in public as such, has entered the German vocabulary. However, it has entered [ ... ]

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Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates24 Oct 2014 08:21
Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE or United Arab Emirates is a federation 7 small states or emirates in the Middle East, namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai‏‎, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The UAE have a cosmopolitan population with many nationalities [ ... ]

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