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More than just projecting: discover how to make better use of your digital components!

11 mai 2018

Back in the day, teachers purchased a big teacher’s guide that contained all of the pages from the student’s book and also some extra handouts to be photocopied. Forgot the teacher’s guide at home? Too bad, it would have to wait. And if your school already purchased a teacher’s guide...

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How can I help my students acquire field-related vocabulary that is relevant and meaningful to them?

13 avril 2018

Vocabulary acquisition in a B-block course is very much a double-edged sword. When I started teaching field-related English, I expected vocabulary to be a nonissue. After all, in a class where students are supposed to work on field-specific topics, focusing the selection of salient...

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How can I help my students to become more confident and autonomous language learners and users?

12 avril 2018

Students and teachers alike agree on the fact that language learning is not an undertaking that begins and ends in a classroom, but a lifelong endeavour. If, as teachers, we want to meet the ministerial objectives of preparing our students to communicate in English in study and...

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How Do You Argue about Beliefs, Facts, and Opinions?

09 avril 2018

It’s a trick question! Students often have a hard time understanding that they can’t really argue about beliefs, and can only use facts to support an argument. As for opinions, they can only argue about valid opinions

Why, and what is the difference between the terms? 

Beliefs are...

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My eLab Tip: How do I copy a class that I have modified?

22 mars 2018

My eLab Tips

Ever wondered how to copy in your My eLab account the content of a class that was previously modified? 

Well, it is simple! 
When creating your new class, just follow these two steps:

STEP 1: Copy the class you wish to duplicate as shown in the example below.

STEP 2:...

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Some of my students are in a Springboard program. How do I make sure they don’t feel left out?

20 mars 2018

For as long as I’ve been teaching B-block courses, every term, on the first day of class, at least one student inevitably raises the following question: How can I work on field-specific content and tasks if I do not yet “have” a field? 

Students in so-called Springboard programs often...

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5 ways to encourage your students to get talking!

19 mars 2018

To learn a second language, communication is key. But communication in a second language can be a source of stress for some students. There are lots of things a teacher can do to foster communication in the classroom and encourage students to take risks and talk!

1-Being a good role...

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4 things you need to know in order to choose the right texts for ESL students!

21 février 2018

Choosing the right texts for a themed unit or activity is a challenge for ESL teachers. No one would argue that reading helps students acquire knowledge and vocabulary. Reading also helps with spelling and writing and can give students the much needed functional language to express...

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The Importance of the Writing Process for Students

10 avril 2017

Last week, I had to prepare a letter to parents for an upcoming school trip. After meeting with my colleagues and taking notes on what needed to be included in the letter, I sat down and wrote my first draft. My next step was to read over my letter to make sure I had not forgotten...

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Improve grammar skills: students really can!

20 février 2017

When it comes to grammar, teachers often feel they must review the same concepts over and over again year after year. How to use articles and superlatives correctly and the like has to be repeated from first year right up to graduation day. However, understanding grammar involves more...

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