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How do I improve reading fluency?

An experienced ESL teacher asked me how to improve reading fluency. This is her question: ‘I am preparing a lesson on accurately reading words, sentences and phrases out loud. My pupils are 14 years old. What activities can you recommend for this Shelley?’ This question isn’t only about reading fluency, it is also about speaking …

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Teaching One to One / 1-2-1

Many teachers at some time in their career experience teaching one to one classes. They sometimes find this situation very different, and challenging, compared to teaching a class. With this in mind, a teacher wrote to me last week for some advice on teaching one to one. They had some problems, including added pressure from …

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Easy games to teach tenses

Get suggestions and example games to teach tenses from this blog. Help your students understand, learn and memorize tenses and use them correctly.

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Teaching English: Will I ever improve my pronunciation?

This blog looks at the question ‘Will I ever improve my pronunciation?’ Students often ask this question, but also teachers! An English teacher in France asked me how to improve her pronunciation, wondering if she would ever sound like a native, and here’s my reply. Sounding like a native Good pronunciation is important for clear …

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