It’s been an extremely busy year on the blog and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading the posts as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them!
We would like to highlight some of the most popular articles from this year, written for both English teachers and English language learners. Combined, these five posts have received more than half a million views this year and they cover a range of interesting and useful topics, including teaching awards, technology, toolkits… and even robots!
So, don’t let the year end without first taking a look at five of our most popular posts, written by experienced teachers and ELT professionals from all over the world.
1) 9 great novels to help improve your English
With students constantly asking for book recommendations, this post will make your life a lot easier, especially as the holidays are fast approaching. It reveals nine classic novels, from Golding’s Lord of the Flies to Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, all of which are perfect for language learners.
If that’s not enough, you can also direct your students to our English Readers page where they’ll find hundreds of titles suitable for all levels and interests.Read more
2) 6 exciting education trends for 2017
This extremely informative post was written at the start of the year by Dr. Jennifer Williams, a transformational leader in education. It outlines a series of predictions for 2017.
Read her insightful post to see what trends you noticed, and which you think will continue into 2018. Has blended learning increased in your teaching context? Has your school addressed Teacher Delight? Have parents been involved more in their children’s learning?
By looking back at the previous year it can help us reflect on our teaching practices and set goals for 2018.Read more
3) 11 new English words – and how to use them
Everyone loves learning new words, but how many of these do you know or use?
Although brand new words won’t come up in course books or classic novels, teaching your students interesting new vocabulary can be fun and lead to great topical conversations in English. What’s more, it can help them develop their vocabulary learning strategies.
It’s also possible that students will come across these new words in films, TV shows or on the street, so check them out and see how you can introduce them to your class!Read more
4) 6 unique ways to teach English
As the year comes to an end it’s a good idea to think of exciting new ways to engage our learners after the holidays. Students often spend this time with their friends and family, and studying English is often the last thing on their minds. It’s wise to have something interesting and fun ready to engage them again when they get back to the classroom in the new year.
From incorporating technology and social media into your classes to using rap songs, we are sure you’ll find something you can use in this post.Read more
5) Useful song lyrics for English learners and teachers
Using songs can be a great way to help students expand their vocabulary, practice their listening skills, and have fun all at the same time.
This post not only gives you five songs to use in class but there’s also a music video and tips for using them with your students. If you can’t find anything you think your students will like in that list, here are eleven more songs for you try.Read more