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Resources: Listen out for success

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Rod Smith explains how to ensure students aren’t overwhelmed by the unfamiliar in the Ielts listening test.

It is all too easy for Ielts test-takers to feel overwhelmed when faced with listening passages featuring speakers using a variety of accents they may be unfamiliar with.

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The Great Contenders

The British Council has announced its shortlist for the ELTons 2018. Federica Tedeschi looks at who is in with a shot at winning

The prestigious British Council ELTons Innovation Awards recognise the achievements of organisations, teams and individuals who have made a significant impact in English language teaching.

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Resources: Up for debate


Staging debates in the ELT classroom seems like a ‘no-brainer’, says Tyson Seburn, but teachers need to tread carefully

Should the government increase the minimum wage from $11/hour to $14?

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Put a spell on your class

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Amanda Yesilbursa explains how Harry Potter’s boarding school Hogwarts could hold the key to better classroom interactions

Two years ago there were a series of events in my life that inspired me to devise some slightly unusual teacher-training techniques.

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Resources: Find their inner chatterbox


In the first of a three-part series about preparing classes for Ielts, teacher-trainer Rod Smith offers some useful advice on how to help students navigate the speaking test.

The initial challenge for teachers unaccustomed to running Ielts preparatory classes is one they share with their students: overcoming lack of confidence and developing the ability to express ideas with clarity. Nowhere is this more important than in the most unique aspect of Ielts: the speaking test. It is essential here not to forget the basics.

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