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Neil Millington has taught English as a foreign language in Japan for over 12 years. He has taught a wide range of age levels from pre-kindergarten students to adults. He is currently teaching at the tertiary level. He earned his BA at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and his MA in TESOL at Lancaster University, England. Currently, Neil is working on his PhD in language learning motivation also at Lancaster University. Neil is also the co-founder of dreamreader.net, an English reading website with hundreds of free lessons for teachers and learners.

Three Fun Flashcard Activities for Young Learners

  I currently work at a University in Japan, but earlier in my teaching career, I taught young learners  from kindergarten learners all the way through to junior high and some high school level. I was fortunate because I worked at a language school that provided me with great training and support. There were regular […]

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  Hello busy teachers. This month I am sharing an activity that I have been using in speaking classes for the last couple of years. I love this activity because it encourages learners to concentrate on communication and helps them to feel less anxious about making mistakes. In fact, to complete this activity, they will […]

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  Happy New Year busy teachers! I hope you all had a nice break. I think most places around the world have a short break in teaching around the end of December and beginning of January. Personally, I have enjoyed sleeping late and recovering from 2016! I always feel it’s not so easy to get […]

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  I would first like to start by saying I am in no way endorsing any of these companies. To be honest, I rarely watch TV and don’t particularly like TV commercials. However, I do think they can useful tools for our learners. These days many of the commercials are barely related to what the […]

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  There seems to be so many apps that are coming available for learning English. I don’t actually use any in class, but I often get asked by my learners for recommendations so they can do some self-study. I have therefore been doing a little research and paired this down to three free apps that […]

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  As busy teachers, we are always looking for ways for our learners to improve their English skills and to save ourselves valuable time. The post this month is about three cool and useful sites to help learners improve and build their vocabulary. These can be used by you the teacher as part of a […]

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  Okay, that title is a bold claim, but I think it is one that I can justify. Before I share the secret I learned to improved confidence, I would like to share a story about my younger years as a teacher.   My early career wasn’t in teaching. I was actually in retail management. […]

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  It is pretty clear that students no longer need to carry around a large and heavy paper dictionary anymore. There are many great dictionary apps that learners with a smartphone can download. These are convenient for looking up words and for building vocabulary. Many of the paid apps have special features to help students […]

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First of all, a big thanks to everyone who liked and commented on my last post here.  It seemed like many of you enjoyed the three videos I shared, so I thought I would do a follow up post with three more great videos that I have used in class.      Over the years, […]

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    How many of you use YouTube videos in class? I don’t know about you, but I find YouTube to be a fantastic resource. There is practically a video for any lesson you plan to teach or message you want to get across. I have been using YouTube videos for years and recently I […]

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