iDiscover 2, by Express Publishing

I have already had my first lesson with my 40-year-old student who got really excited with this book. Its features and the fact that costs only 10€ make it an excellent choice for your adult students. It ‘s easily taught. Everything is explained analytically in the Teacher’s Guide. It’s really the first time I ‘m not getting tired during the lesson. It’s so exciting! Continue reading

Life by Cencage Learning

Life, an exciting six-level general English course for adults.

Life is driven by rich National Geographic content and the fundamental values of inspiring people to care about the planet, celebrating human achievement and exploring diversity. This material is brought together in a design that is unique in an ELT context while the language syllabus surpasses expectations.

  • A practical, competency-based syllabus helps learners in their development of grammar, vocabulary, functions, pronunciation and skills through appropriate communicative tasks
  • Real life lessons model and practise everyday functions, preparing learners to use language in the real world
  • National Geographic video on the DVD allows teachers to bring lessons to life
  • The carefully designed Critical thinking syllabus challenges learners to understand texts at a deeper level
  • Vocabulary is introduced thematically, with additional emphasis on key words and word building in Word focus and Word building sections.

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#EFLproblems – Teaching the over 50s

Oxford University Press

Older man with Help Me signWe’re helping to solve your EFL teaching problems by answering your questions every two weeks. This week’s blog is in response to Simone’s blog comment requesting extra hints for teaching the over 50s. Stacey Hughes from the Professional Development Team responds.

Hi, My name is Simone and I run a prime school for seniors, they complain a lot about understanding and using the language abroad. Do you have any extra hints for teaching people over 50 years old?”

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or so the saying goes, though perhaps the adage, “you’re never too old to learn” is more accurate. While older learners may face some hurdles younger learners don’t, the lifetime of learning through experience that they bring to the class makes them, in some ways, better learners. They have learning skills they may not recognise – the ability to solve problems and think critically…

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Enhancing learning – Using an app in class

Oxford University Press

Girl using mobile phoneVerissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, looks at how technology can enhance a student’s ability to learn a language. 

I’m interested in how technology enhances a student’s ability to learn a language. Resources are plentiful, but incorporating them into the classroom is not always easy. So when I saw the “Headway Phrase-a-day” app by Oxford University Press, I became curious as to how it would help students enhance their learning.

Students get a phrase a day, such as “You’re pulling my leg”. To help them understand the phrase there is a picture, a sample sentence, and a similar expression that is easier, in this case, “You’re teasing me”. Students can search for a phrase, add certain phrases to their list of favourites, and play some games based on the phrases they have already learned.

All very well so far, but, how could a teacher use this to help…

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Teaching English to a truck driver

What is a dual carriageway?

And what about that lane on the right of a road?

Consulting Wikipedia can really help teachers who get to know some basic stuff about motorways abroad.

My student, a 40-year-old truck driver in Greece planning to travel around Europe delivering goods to several companies, also wanted to learn how to communicate in the lingua franca when visiting several European countries.

We spent some time together role-playing being in situations like calling the company to ask for directions or visiting a cafe to order a coffee.

We made some notes in a notebook.

A small book guide with all the basic vocabulary in English proved to be very useful as it contained everything someone needs to know if he visits a country where English is spoken. What would you say in a hospital, in a supermarket, at the bank or at the post office etc.? I got it from a bookshop in my town, which offers much help to teachers of foreign languages. You just visit it to buy a book and you get directions on how to teach, tips and other important info concerning your work.

Any questions?