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Ōtsu City Schools adopt Let’s Go

We’re thrilled to announce that Let’s Go 4th edition has been adopted for use in all 37 public elementary schools in Ōtsu City, in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. With support from Oxford University Press trainers,...

puppets to practice conversation

Tips for teaching beginners

Recently, a friend on Twitter asked a question: I sent a short answer — Twitter is limited to 140 characters, so all answers are short. Well, the weekend came and went but as promised...

English teachers for Let's Go Day

Let’s Go in Indonesia

What’s the most important thing English teachers can do to help students thrive in a future defined by rapid change, global connections, and unbelievable access to information? What does research tell us makes the...

Let's talk about clothing

Talking about clothing

One day, when we were practicing a dialog in class, I heard my students talking about the pictures from the text book. Suddenly, I got an idea to use a fashion magazine to supplement...

high speed match

High Speed Match

Like most students, mine enjoy creating and playing card games. The process of creating a game is itself an activity that involves critical and creative thinking skills in addition to language practice, and a...

Happy birthday

Happy Birthday to You!

  I am excited to introduce a lesson idea I used with my students. I wanted to do something like a role play to practice language for talking about age, giving a gift, and...

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Keep Students Interested

When I talk to teachers, I often hear the following question: “My students don’t seem interested in the topics I bring into class. What can I do to keep them interested?” Our lessons are...

Mexican teachers doing a six-second drill

Six-second drill

These are effective drills, but children always just think of them as fun activities. The name comes from the amount of time these quick drills take in class. The target language is embedded in...