Archive | 2005

Using On-Line Concordances to Find Examples of English the Way It’s Really Used

The Internet has become an indispensable resource for English language teachers at all levels.  There are plenty of web-sites that offer possibilities for independent language studies (e.g. www.basiceng.com; www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish), provide with a sensible expert advice (e.g. www.eslcafe.com) and help prepare for tests (e.g. www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/). There is also a resource available on the WWW, which for some [...]

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Encouraging Critical Thought in the EFL Classroom

Workshop Highlights Critical Thinking: Meaning and Definitions The Role of Critical Thinking in Education and Life How and Why Critical Thinking Fits into EFL Courses Overview of Activities to Encourage Critical Thought in the EFL Classroom Internet Suggestions: http://www.criticalthinking.org/ | An introduction to the critical thinking community as well as a comprehensive series of links [...]

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Helping students write

The paper will address the issue of students’ motivation for writing and facilitation of the process of writing as well as some modes of positive feedback, which will help students gain confidence in their writing assignments. It will also look at ways of teaching students structures, patterns and collocation through reformulation techniques that will boost [...]

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The webquest design course

With the introduction of the Internet life has become different. Teaching and learning are no exceptions. Now students are encouraged to search for information, to evaluate it and to use it as appropriate. Thus the students’ critical thinking skills are stimulated together with their interest in the problems discussed. Recently, with the help of the [...]

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The Need for Needs Analysis

I start from the assumption that a Needs Analysis – of some kind – is at the basis of all ESP work.  What I hoped to demonstrate in the presentation was how a needs analysis which is well-focussed, but not too scientific or detailed, can sometimes offer more useful information than was at first expected. [...]

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Can You Teach a Young Learner?

Since 2002 foreign language teaching has been officially introduced in the primary curriculum in Bulgaria, which has created a vast demand for teachers of foreign languages to children aged 7-11. Quite often, unfortunately, the teachers who undertake the difficult task to work with young learners are not very competent users of the language themselves, or [...]

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English for Telecommunications – Problems and Possible Solutions

Summary In this paper we address some of the problems arising in teaching English for Telecommunications due to the diversity of its subject matter coupled with the students’ different background knowledge and skills both in the subject fields and in language proficiency. A possible solution is seen in designing and structuring the course for maximum [...]

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Brainstorming techniques with involvement of poetry to prepare students for writing academic essays

Nowadays there is a constantly growing interest in language learning. Therefore, to meet the learner’s needs, teachers of foreign languages try to integrate various authentic materials including literature to develop language skills. One of the examples of such integration can be the use of poetry to help student’s master writing skills. In this article we [...]

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Chicklit, Ladlit and Toby Litt: The Current State of British Prose and Poetry

A) PROSE 1a)  The Elders (‘literature’) Michael Frayn (1933) Spies (2002) [Whitbread Best Novel Prize] ; David Lodge (1935) Author, Author (2004) ; James Kelman (1946) You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free (2004); Jim Crace (1946 ) Six (2003) ; Julian Barnes (1946) Love, etc. (2000); Ian McEwan (1948) Saturday [...]

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Action Research: The Teacher as Researcher in the EFL Classroom

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