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INTERESTING LINKS

Some Guardian articles:

Do syllables exist?
We all think we intuitively know what a syllable is, but trying to explain them isn't so easy and even linguists aren't in agreement about a definition.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jun/25/english-do-syllables-exist-linguists

What happens in the brain when you learn a language?
Scans and neuroscience are helping scientists understand what happens to the brain when you learn a second language.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/04/what-happens-to-the-brain-language-learning

Do young people care about learning foreign languages?
Guardian survey shows what young people think about language learning. Here are the five key points
•Most language students unable to do more than understand basic phrases
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/nov/07/-sp-do-young-people-care-about-learning-foreign-languages-data

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know
Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/30/learning-another-language-ten-tips

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Have you ever left a language lesson, as a student, feeling that the content of the lesson wasn't relevant to you? Or that you were not really given much attention during the lesson? Maybe sometimes our students feel the same. One of the jobs we have when dealing with groups is to cater to the individual within that group. We need to work on meeting each individual's needs & interests. You might help by;

- trying to meet each individual's needs & interests at some time & try & make them aware that you are doing it. When planning think carefully about the individuals you have in the group. Combine choosing topics that will reach most students but then do include individual-related topics at times.

- correcting the individual in oral activities.

- giving feedback on written work - make it more than just correction & add in a few comments about progress or something that came up in the last lesson.

- writing comments on learner diaries - create a dialogue.

- elect individuals when feeding back on tasks, rather than just accept those that call out contributions or answers.

- call on individuals to help out based on their strengths. For example a student who has a good knowledge of grammar can be called on to give grammar explanations.

- giving tutorials & spending time with each individual. It is their time with you.

- 'micro-teaching' - when the students are involved in a task, take the opportunity to go round & do some teaching to the pairs & teach them different ways of saying what they're saying or introduce some vocabulary that they might find useful in that particular discussion.

- letting your students work at their own pace - can be tricky if all working through the same material or activity but ...

- related to the previous point, cater to the different levels in the group. If there are marked differences between student abilities, set different tasks to allow all to feel comfortable.

- giving individualised homework - direct the individual to different sources so they can work on areas of weakness or interest.

Be conscious of the individual students, each individual is different so try not to be misled by the coursebook culture that clubs everyone together.

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