Paraphrasing in TEFL

Looking at a picture of Winston Churchill. Waxwork of Winston Churchill It’s not the man himself but rather a waxwork of him. It’s a less rounded, less detailed, copy of the real thing. In essence, this is what Paraphrasing is all about. Simply put it is taking what someone has […]


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Listening Comprehension in TEFL

Listening Comprehension is related to one of the four main language skills‏‎ areas in English language learning: listening‏‎, reading‏‎, writing‏‎ and speaking‏‎. Essentially it is the ability to listen and understand language. The basic process for a beginner‏‎ when they listen to something is: They listen to an utterance. They […]


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Line Talking

Line Talking is a simple way to get your students listening and speaking carefully. It can be used with any type of speaking activity where an exchange of information is necessary. Method Divide the class into pairs. Each pair will need to exchange information between them. For example, one student […]


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Language Skills in TEFL

There are 4 basic Language Skills listening speaking reading writing This article introduces each of these skills and explains what they are. There are also links to more in-depth articles on each of the skills. Grouping Skills Together These can be grouped in different ways. We can talk about the […]


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Dearest Creature in Creation

Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870-1946), who wrote under the pseudonym of Charivarius, was a Dutch writer, traveler and teacher. In 1922 he wrote The Chaos (also often known by its opening line, Dearest Creature in Creation) which is a poem featuring around 800 of the most awkwardly and counter-intuitively spelled words […]


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