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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: Up for debate

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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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Resources: Raise your game

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Teacher Declan Carey explains why classroom games can be an effective method of language teaching, but avoid the pitfalls that can lead to a pedagogical flop.

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Resources: Find their inner chatterbox

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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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On the lookout

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Fresh from her presentation to an English UK ‘Inclusive Classrooms’ event on special needs, expert Anne Margaret Smith gives us the lowdown on how to spot ‘specific learning differences’ in English language learners.

Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) is an umbrella term for some common developmental differences in the way the brain works, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D and autism, as well as dyscalculia and dysgraphia. They often co-occur and can present additional challenges for language learners if they are not identified and accommodated.

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