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Make or Do a Presentation?

I was asked this question the other day by a learner of English; quite simply, do we MAKE or DO a presentation? If you go online there are different stories, but as usual I went along to Google n-grams and checked out what they had to say. It's interesting. Prior to...

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Fossilized Errors in TEFL

If you're a TEFL teacher then chances are you have had to deal with Fossilized Errors in your classroom, especially if you deal with older students or those past the Beginners‏ stage. Basically a fossilized error is a mistake a student has made so many times that it...

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n-grams and TEFL

In the fields of computational linguistics an n-gram is a sequence of items from a corpus‏‎ of language. An n-gram could be any combination of letters, phoneme‏s, syllable‏‎s or words‏‎, etc. Looking at n-grams is useful to help work out how language works and is used...

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The ICAL TEFL Grammar Guide

The ICAL TEFL Grammar Guide is a huge selection of articles which are all about English Grammar. They have been especially written for TEFL teachers and students and are presented in a user-friendly format. The main areas are: Language Functions Parts Of Speech...

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Linking Verbs or Copulas

A linking verb links the subject of the sentence to more information about that subject (the predicate). A linking verb is also known as a copula (plural copulas or copulae.) In English most verbs‏‎ describe an action. For example: Sofia directs her new film The verb...

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Classroom Management

If only teaching were all about teaching and not about keeping order in the classroom or, as it's sometimes known, Classroom Management. A major part of teaching has nothing really to do with imparting information and helping your students learn. Instead it's all...

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Chalkface – Chalk & Talk

Chalkface is a term believed to have been coined by Professor Ted Wragg in the Times Education Supplement in the 1980s. It is a reflection of coalface, the toughest point in coal mining where coal is hewn from rock. Like the coalface, the chalkface is where the real,...

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Five Tips for your First Day of TEFL

It's your first minute in front of a new class. You have a room of expectant faces looking up at you waiting. First impressions count. If you stand there and falter the class will know what they're dealing with. If you allow little Jimmy to answer his mobile phone...

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