Teaching Tips

Here at GIFLE, we do a lot with education – thinking about education, writing about education, teaching others about education . . . you get the gist. Here, our instructors have written about some of their best teaching tips for you to peruse. These range anywhere from how to select appropriate videos to helping foster digital natives within your classroom. As with our teaching resources, all of our teaching tips should be able to be curated to your own classroom needs (with a little tweaking though). Happy reading, and we hope you find these tips as useful as our instructors did!

Classroom English

Classroom English is language that is frequently used in the classroom, and it characterized by its usefulness and practical application. It can be found in the beginning of textbook chapters, and also encompasses basic English expressions that the teacher uses daily in the classroom. Classroom English, while seemingly simple and straightforward, is an essential part…

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Facilitating in Active Learning

“Active learning requires students to think, discuss, challenge, and analyze information.  Passive learning requires learners to absorb, assimilate, consider, and translate information. Active learning encourages conversation and debate, while passive learning encourages active listening and paying attention to detail.” –  Khristina Russell Be a FacilitatorIn passive learning (reading and listening) the students are responsible for…

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Fun Fun Vocabulary Building

If you’ve learned a language yourself, you know what a struggle learning vocabulary is. Although it makes up the core of a language, it can take hours upon hours of using flashcard apps like Anki or Memrise to feel like you’re making the tiniest bit of progress. These apps have a second problem, too –…

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Using Gamification in the EFL Environment

Outside of the learning environment, gamification is nothing new. Industries and businesses have been using this strategy to incorporate gaming aspects into their businesses for several years with varying degrees of success. More recently, language learning environments have been tentatively incorporating gamification into their classes, and this trend is increasing yearly. What is Gamification? Gamification…

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Using TPR to Encourage Speaking

TPR or Total Physical Response: matches vocabulary/phrases with actions.  It utilizes kinesthetic learning used in combination with visual and/or auditory learning, thus producing multi-sensory learning.  TPR activities are great for language acquisition and for getting the wiggles out (when students start fidgeting in their seats in class or when online at home) of students of…

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A Crash Course into UbD

When we teachers design curriculum, we want it to be effective. We want our students to achieve their results and goals in both the short and long term. We want our students to understand and gain something from what we teach them, and to have a lasting effect on their education and maybe even lives.…

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