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Stories for TEFL classes: the Norse creation myth

Stories for TEFL classes: the Norse creation myth

Some people like stories to read or to listen to. Some of these intriguing stories are myths. Here is the Norse creation myth. Before there was a world, there was a cold place in the north called Niflheim. There was snow and ice. In the south, there was a hot place...

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Travelling by train in Europe.

Travelling by train in Europe.

If you are young, a student – or you have just finished your studies, without a fat bank account or rich parents, does it mean that you have to leave all your dreams about travelling, exciting places, meeting new people and unforgettable things unfulfilled? Of course...

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Europe – a true melting pot.

Europe – a true melting pot.

A surprise for people from other continents, and a fact that few Europeans think about is the following; all the different countries in Europe have their own and different language and culture. Some of the languages are quite similar, like the Scandinavian languages,...

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Student story: Daniel, California

Student story: Daniel, California

Hi, I'm Danny (Daniel) from California, USA. I took the Trinity College CertTESOL course one year ago and spent a lovely time in Madrid, meeting many great people, and making a lot of good friends. After the course, I travelled around Europe for a while (I can tell...

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TEFL teachers: Taken by surprise…

TEFL teachers: Taken by surprise…

TEFL teachers: Taken by surprise… Occasionally, students (or others) may ask you about the meaning of words and expressions you commonly use. While trying to give some explanations or definitions, you realise that this is not easy. Here are some examples....

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Music in Foreign Language Learning

Music in Foreign Language Learning

Music in Foreign Language Learning I remember from secondary school that some of my classmates who weren´t any good at school, and in addition quite lazy, would score high grades in English, especially in communicative and oral English. How come? It showed that they...

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Teaching with humour: howlers

Teaching with humour: howlers

What is a Howler? “Howler” is a British word. A Howler is a kind of blunder. A Howler is like, but not the same as, other members of the blunders family. The blunders family includes bloomers, bloopers, breaks, bulls, flubs, fluffs, gaffes, and similar words, each...

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Improve your English conversation classes

Improve your English conversation classes

Improve your English conversation classes There is an ongoing flow vibrating in the air. People are expressing themselves about their needs, ideas, and world. The marvellous world of communication occurs among English learners and English native speakers. The...

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Free writing from personal experiences

Free writing from personal experiences

Free Writing from Personal Experiences Continuing our series of articles on improving conversation in ESL classes through writing, in this article, we present a way to encourage students to exercise their creativity from a more personal point of view: 'free writing'...

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Games for Writing to Speaking

Games for Writing to Speaking

Games for Writing to Speaking In the previous article, "From Writing to Speaking: Enhancing Conversation", we presented an approach suggesting educational progression in ESL classes from writing to speech, instead of the more widespread conception in which speaking...

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