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How to engage teenage learners with a multicultural video experience

How to engage teenage learners with a multicultural video experience

As teachers, how many of us have struggled with trying to engage and motivate teenagers to learn a language? It is one of the most common challenges that teachers in secondary education face. Generation Z (or iGen, as they’re sometimes called) is a particularly hard...
5 ways to bring cultural diversity into your classroom

5 ways to bring cultural diversity into your classroom

Bringing cultural diversity into the classroom is becoming increasingly important. Our young learner and teen students are exposed to different ideas, traditions and voices from all over the world. This is thanks to social media platforms like YouTube, SnapChat and...

The word gap; challenges, impact and how to bridge the gap!

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world” – Wittgenstein By now I’m sure you have heard of the word gap and how learners’ limited vocabulary in mainstream upper-primary and secondary education has a negative impact on overall performance in the classroom....

Why challenge is good for building language competence

We asked Antonia Clare and Steve Oakes, co-authors of Speakout 2nd Edition, for their thoughts on challenge. This is what they said: A lot of people are afraid of challenge. They avoid it, and prefer to play it safe and stick to the status quo. After all, challenging...
5 academic skills to prepare your students for higher education

5 academic skills to prepare your students for higher education

Studying abroad in an English-speaking country is a fantastic opportunity for your students to use their language skills in real-world situations and give their confidence a boost. But how can we help prepare them for success, so that they can really benefit from...
Preparing learners for the world of work using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

Preparing learners for the world of work using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

If there’s one thing all our learners have in common, it’s that they are going to graduate school or university and enter the world of work. As well as introducing our students to essential 21st century skills they’ll need to get ahead in life, we can also get them...