Best of 2016: top blogs for English teachers

Millions of people around the world are learning English. And whether they are learning at school, at work or as a hobby, English teachers are there to support them.

If you’re a teacher, the English Teaching section of our blog is for you. It contains advice, tips and ideas to help you get the most out of your students. You’ll also find the latest information about tools, trends and research from the world of English Language Teaching (ELT).

Here, we take a look at some of the most popular blogs for English teachers from the past year…

Motivating and inspiring your learners

As a teacher, you’re probably always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to inspire your learners. Once you’re equipped with a handful of options, you can tailor your teaching approach to help your students progress. Our blog, 6 unique ways to teach English, provided some inspiration for creative lessons that targeted the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. These ideas should help to relieve any boredom, increase motivation and stimulate progress…

One of the ideas is involved using an iPod to teach English – and technology is playing a bigger role in the classroom today. Click on the blog Technology trends in English language learning and teaching to take a closer look at the latest technology trends in language learning and teaching.

Blended teacher blog series

With technology playing a more prominent role in the world of ELT, we dedicated an entire blog series to this subject. Our blended teacher blogs shared ideas about some of the hot topics associated with the benefits and challenges of using technology in the classroom. A blend of expert voices answered questions such as: “Is technology disruptive or a disruption?” “Is learning technology only for younger teachers?” and “Is game-based learning a waste of time?”

A favourite blog among our readers was 7 ways you can use technology to engage with students, which was written by award-winning teacher, trainer and author Nik Peachy. In it, he discussed how encouraging students to embrace devices could engage their learning rather than distract them.

Teaching in a 21st-century classroom

Guest authors provided their ideas, opinions and guidance for teachers on our blog. In 21st-century skills and the English language classroom, teacher Sara Davila asked: “Are you teaching in a 21st-century classroom? Chances are, if you are an English language educator working in the classroom today, you have already moved well ahead of your peers and colleagues teaching maths, science and good old-fashioned grammar. Now that you know you are 21st-century teacher, what does that mean? And how do you know if you have moved ahead of the curve to embrace what we call 21st-century skills?” Read the rest of her blog to discover what else she had to say on the subject – and the advice she has for today’s English teachers.

We examines the ‘truths’ in ELT

Our Fact or Fiction report brought together some of the best-known and most exciting up-and-coming names in ELT to explore 10 of the biggest and most talked about teaching methods and technological advances in the ELT industry. These stars, including David Crystal, Russ Mayne and Ozge Karaoglu, helped us to examine the extent to which these ideas are shaping the world of ELT – and what that means for you.

Teacher Russ Mayne’s blog, Is it true that individual learning styles don’t matter, explored if it was true that students have their own best way of learning. The idea seems to have been universally accepted, but is it just a myth that everyone needs to learn differently? Read the blog and report now to discover what Russ thinks…

The Fact or Fiction report is available to download for free by clicking here.

We’ve got lots more blogs for English teachers coming up in 2017!

If you have an idea for a blog or would like us to cover a particular aspect of English language teaching, let us know in the comments section below…

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