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Celebrate love with Valentine's vocab!

… It's the 14th February… also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of St Valentine. It…'s traditional to celebrate romantic love today… perhaps by sending flowers or a card to a loved one or going out for a romantic
We're celebrating Valentine's Day with some useful phrases about love- do you know them all? https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/celebrate-love-with-valentines-vocab/

Free course for IELTS Academic success

… Cambridge English Language Assessment is currently running a free course called Inside… IELTS. This course is aimed at students planning to sit the IELTS Academic
IELTS is the most popular English language exam in the world. Cambridge English Language Assessment, one of the joint owners of the IELTS test, is currently running a free 5 week course aimed at IELTS Academic test takers. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/free-course-for-ielts-academic-success/

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/

EAP Top Picks Pt 2: Reading

EAP… our top 5 picks for reading … … In the second part of our series focusing on online resources for EAP… here are our top 5 for teaching reading
In part 2 of our round-up of online resources for EAP teachers, we're taking a look at reading and how we can help students master the skills that will be so critical for much of their study in the UK. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/eap-top-picks-pt-2-reading/

EAP Top Picks Pt 1: Study Skills

… Our top 5 picks for study skills… The sheer volume of teaching resources available on the web can be overwhelming. W…e've done some of the leg work for you and over the next few posts
The sheer volume of teaching resources available on the web can be overwhelming. We've done some of the leg work for you and now we're sharing some of our favorite online teaching resources. Our focus is English for Academic Purposes. Today- our top 5 pic… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/eap-top-picks-pt-1-study-skills/

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/

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/

Can you guess the idiom?

If you're an eternal optimist… this is how you see life. Can you guess the idiom… …You see the world through rose tinted glasses.…
Are you an eternal optimist? https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/can-you-guess-the-idiom/

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/

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/

Warmer idea of the month

Terry enjoyed a very successful career as a journalist… IT Researcher and consultant before deciding to change career and concentrate his conside…rable communication skills on 1
Terry is an Acorn teacher who lives in Oxford. He enjoyed a very successful career as a journalist, IT Researcher and consultant before deciding to change career and concentrate his considerable communication skills on 1:1 English language tuition. He giv… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/warmer-idea-of-the-month/

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