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Federico Riva


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Sample ESA lesson: Patchwork ESA | ITTT | TEFL Blog

When using the ESA methodology, there are a number of lesson formats available. In the third of this series we look at a Patchwork lesson. What does a Patchwork lesson look like and for what level of student is it most appropriate?

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The ESA Methodology of Teaching - Sample ESA Boomerang Lesson | ITTT | TEFL Blog

When using the ESA methodology, there are a number of lesson formats available. In the second of this series we look at a Boomerang lesson. What does a boomerang lesson look like and for what level of student is it most appropriate?

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The ESA Methodology of Teaching - Sample Straight Arrow ESA Lesson | ITTT | TEFL Blog

In this blog post, we will look at an actual example of an ESA straight arrow lesson plan. We will include examples of the activities used and their purpose. You can adapt this plan to a variety of other uses and levels.

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Different Types of ESA Lessons | ITTT | TEFL Blog

We explained in the previous ESA blog how Harmer had realized that the ESA format would become predictable if that was the only type of lesson. Here we explore the other two types of format he suggested, what they involve and who they are generally for.

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Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - ESA Methodology | ITTT | TEFL Blog

ESA is a three-stage methodology where each of the letters represents a particular phase of the lesson. The first one being called the Engage phase, the second the Study phase and the final one the Activate phase.

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Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - Suggestopedia | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Developments in the study of Psychology starting from the 1950's led to new theories of learning. These theories were translated into new methods. One such method was called Suggestopedia. What does this method involve and how effective does it appear to be?

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Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - Total Physical Response | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Federico Riva

Teaching Ideas

It has been noted that the function of the brain is separated into two sides (hemispheres) commonly known as the left and right brain. What specific functions are included in the two sides of the brain and how did this information become incorporated into a mainstream ESL teaching methodology.

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Lesson Planning - Part 1 - Why do we plan lessons? | ITTT | TEFL Blog

What are some of the most important reasons for planning our lessons? Covering these ideas will then inform us as to what we should actually put on our lesson plan. In this blog post, we cover both these aspects of lesson planning.

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Theories - Methods & Techniques of Teaching English: An Overview | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Federico Riva

Teaching Ideas

Methodology, Approach, Method and Technique, what are all these terms and how do they relate to my teaching ESL in the classroom? We take a look at these concepts and explain their meaning.

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Productive and Receptive Skills in the EFL Classroom - Receptive Skills - Potential Problems | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Federico Riva

Teaching Ideas

The receptive skills of reading and listening, generally get less attention than the other skills of speaking and writing. Here we look at some of the reasons they are avoided and why e should overcome these fears.

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Productive and Receptive Skills - Speaking Activities | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Federico Riva

TEFL Information

In this blog post, we will consider three different categories of speaking activity. For each we look at where each individual type is used and then look at some general ideas for delivering any of the three types of activity.

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What is Reported Speech? | ITTT | TEFL Blog

We can quote people through what's called direct speech. In written form it would look like “Corey said we're moving house next week”. We've used quotes and we've quoted Corey directly, i.e. used the exact words that he used. There is however another way we can quote people, and this is through reported speech. We don't quote their exact words, but we simply let people know what has been said.

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