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5 things I have learned as a materials writer

Have you ever thought about becoming a materials writer? I had never considered this possibility until 2019. Up until then, I’d worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, and coordinator in different contexts. However, when I started a new job as an academic consultant that…
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Lessons on authenticity

The other day I was reading this article on millennials’ identity crisis and I came across a statement that got me thinking and spurred the will to write this piece. It read, “Millennials mainly derive identity through either work or romantic relationships.” &#8211…
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Relax, it’s just lexis!

Lexis is a technical term that refers to the vocabulary of a language. When teaching a language, we should focus on helping our students improve their range of vocabulary in order to communicate more effectively. McCarten starts her book (2007) by asking how many words there…
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Stifling order or cataclysmic chaos?

Lesson planning has always been at the heart of teaching for me. I remember my early days of teaching and how long it would take me to write a simple lesson plan which, in all honesty, could not even be called a plan as it was but a list of engaging activities that would get…
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The Dora Explorer Effect

Getting students to engage and participate in class has been one of the most common teachers’ struggles throughout the history of teaching languages. Being a language teacher, we know that learning happens in communication and for communication. Hence, speaking and active…