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

January 28, 2014
by Nora Nagy
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Read to Speak: Improving Speaking Skills in the Reading Class

In an earlier post we have looked at using graded readers to improve writing skills. This week we will connect reading with another fundamental language skill: speaking. We write stories, we read stories, we listen to stories, and then we tell … Continue reading