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Time to learn some new vocabulary

… Studying new vocabulary is an important part of learning English. The brain tends to g…roup connected words together and learning vocabulary thematically can be a very effective
Getting to grips with new vocabulary is an important part of learning English. Here's a useful worksheet about periods of time. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/time-to-learn-some-new-vocabulary/

A great, big, bumper vocab builder

It's easy to neglect vocabulary building but it…'s a crucial part of learning any language. Grouping related words together can be a usefu…l way to memorise new vocabulary.
It's easy to neglect vocabulary building but it's a crucial part of learning any language. This printable worksheet should be useful for students of all levels who can benefit from learning groups of related words. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/a-great-big-bumper-vocab-builder/

EAP Top Picks Pt 4: Listening and note taking

EAP… our top 3 picks for listening …amp… note…taking … … 1. On the EAP Foundation website…you'll find a full menu of listening related topics…including Understanding Lectures and Notetaking.
Effective listening and related skills can be one of the most challenging aspects of university life for international students. In part 4 of our series about online EAP resources, we've picked our favourite online resources for teaching this importan… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/eap-top-picks-pt-4-listening-and-note-taking/

EAP Top Picks Pt 3: Writing

EAP… our top 3 picks for writing … … … 1.…Oxford Brookes provides…this comprehensive guide to academic writing. Split into 3 main sections… Forms of Writing and Assessment
In the third part of our series for teachers of EAP, we've picked our favourite online resources to help you help students develop their writing skills. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/eap-top-picks-pt-3-writing/

English for Academic Purposes: a menu

English for Academic Purposes… a menu … … The following is a …menu… of elements of EAP to include in a course. Based on the individual student…s needs analysis you may wish to include some or all of the following
How can we help international students use appropriate language and study skills once they begin academic life in a UK university? We've created a menu to help you meets your student's particular study needs. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/english-for-academic-purposes-a-menu/

Your smartphone – a teaching resource in the 1:1 classroom Pt2

In Pt1… we saw how the calandar app… camera… maps… weather apps and Skype can be useful teaching and learning tools. … … Here are 4 more ideas using free
Skype, Facetime, Notes- common Smartphone apps give you lots of useful options for teaching real-life language skills in the 1:1 classroom. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/your-smartphone-a-teaching-resource-in-the-11-classroom-pt2/

Your smartphone – a teaching resource in the 1:1 classroom Pt1

This blog assumes that the majority of teachers reading it have a smartphone …if you don…t… you may want to after reading about what it can do for you….
All English language teachers know the value of using technology in our 1:1 homestay classroom – younger students expect it as the norm, teachers need it to avoid re-inventing the wheel every lesson. And we all have our favourite online teaching resou… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/your-smartphone-a-teaching-resource-in-the-11-classroom-pt1/

The Joys of Dropbox

… If you…re still printing off course documents… daily record of lessons and reports… filling them in by hand and then scanning them back onto the computer to send on to Direc
If you’re still printing off course documents, daily record of lessons and reports, filling them in by hand and then scanning them back onto the computer to send on to your homestay students, then the time has come to be introduced to Dropbox. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/the-joys-of-dropbox/

Useful expressions for first day lessons

Your homestay student has settled into their room… you…ve shown them around the house and the local area and you…ve sat down to your first meal together. Now it
Visual aids with helpful classroom language can provide a useful prompt for even more advanced level students who come to live and study in your home. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/useful-expressions-for-first-day-lessons/

Merry Homestay Christmas

… Hosting and teaching over the Christmas period is not for everyone. For many… this is a time to take a break from work and relax with close friends and family.
Welcoming a student into your home during the festive season can bring a fresh perspective to the celebrations and is an opportunity to share and reflect on what Christmas means, both within your own household, and at a wider cultural level. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/merry-homestay-christmas/

Silly season in the life of an EFL homestay teacher

Silly season in the life of an EFL homestay teacher … If you…re an EFL teacher working from home in the UK… congratulations on surviving yet another manic summer of homestay teaching
If you’re an EFL teacher working from home in the UK, congratulations on surviving yet another manic summer of homestay teaching! Here are some tips to help you plan for and survive your next homestay course, and especially the busy summer months, which w… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/silly-season-in-the-life-of-an-efl-homestay-teacher/

Learning new vocabulary

When learning new vocabulary… remember that quite often words don't live in isolation. Learn chunks of language not jus…t list of individual words.
Learn chunks of language not just list of individual words. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/learning-new-vocabulary/

Idioms for Business English

… Allison began teaching 10 years ago after deciding she wanted a change from her succes…sful career as a TV producer. She concentrates on one…to…one home tuition and teaches all ages and levels and often works in a team with her husban
All languages have idioms, but English seems to have a particularly large number and this can be intimidating for students. Allison, one of our Brighton-based homestay teachers, has suggests some useful links to resources for Business English students try… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/idioms-for-business-english/

"My stay could not have been better!"

… Flurina lives in Zurich and came to Brighton for a 3 week General English course. Here…'s what she wrote about her time on the South coast… …
Flurina came to Brighton for a 3 week intensive General English course in the home of her teacher. Read what she said about her experience. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/my-stay-could-not-have-been-better/

Podcasts in 1:1 English language tuition

In our recent teacher training event… we talked about different ways podcasts can be exploited in the classroom. … … There are reputable websites with ready
Our recent teacher training event focused on various uses of technology in 1:1 homestay teaching. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/podcasts-in-11-english-language-tuition/

Warmer idea of the month

Jane has been teaching students in her home for more than 15 years. She lives in Hove and… teaches all levels and all ages and is a specialist in General English
Jane has been teaching English language students in her home for more than 15 years. She lives in Hove and is a specialist in Business English, English for Teachers and Exam Preparation. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/warmer-idea-of-the-month1/

"I had an amazing experience. This is a great way of learning English."

Thomas came to study General English for 3 weeks… 20 hours per week. He's from Switzerland and he stayed with Pauline… just outside Brighton. … Here's what he said about his 1
Thomas came to study General English for 3 weeks: "At first I was worried about not understanding everything however the lessons were so interesting and varied that the 4 hours of tuition quickly passed. We had a variety of grammar, conversation, reading … https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/i-had-an-amazing-experience.-this-is-a-great-way-of-learning-english./

English for Business Communication

New for 2013… we are now offering courses in Effective Business Communication and English for Professio…nals… as well as our Business English course. These courses are highly specialised
New for 2013: Effective Business Communication and English for Professionals, including English for International Sales and Marketing, English for Human Resources, English for Accounting and English for Interviews. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/english-for-business-communication/

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