July 2, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Ideas for intensive holiday courses: READING for SPEAKING

What is the most important objective for your students when they start a course? Communication? Speaking? Grammar? Writing? Vocabulary? We usually hear all of these aspects of language knowledge and use, but we rarely hear ‘reading’ as a major goal. It … Continue reading

June 23, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Ideas for intensive holiday courses: SKILLS PRACTICE

During the holidays your students have the opportunity to fine-tune their language skills and experiment with their creativity. How can you help them with this? If you are teaching a short course these months, you will have noticed that the last … Continue reading

June 16, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Ideas for intensive holiday courses: READING

In many countries the school term has finished, and teachers are getting ready for short intensive courses. How can you best prepare for them? Imagine you are in a classroom for 3-4 hours with bright and active teenagers who have just finished their … Continue reading

February 18, 2014
by Nora Nagy
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Read to Write: Improving Writing Skills Using Graded Readers

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll … Continue reading

February 4, 2014
by Nora Nagy
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Read and Listen: Extensive Listening in the Reading Classroom

How can the combination of two receptive skills have a productive outcome? What are the benefits of focussing on improving our students’ listening fluency? How can we carry out extensive listening sessions in the classroom? One of the most difficult … Continue reading