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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/

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/

Looking to the future (tense)

Looking to the future …tense… … It…s that time of year where we all make promises to ourselves. The time of year when we…re motivated to better ourselves.
The New Year and resolutions are an ideal time to teach future tenses to our homestay students. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/looking-to-the-future-tense/

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/

Pre-course emails – not just an ice-breaker

… Even after years of EFL teaching… first…day nerves are still there… both teacher and students alike use those initial first minutes to create first impressio
As a homestay teacher it’s vital you get as much information about your student before they actually arrive, and an email exchange provide the perfect opportunity. Sending your future student an email a couple of weeks before their arrival isn’t just comm… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/pre-course-emails-not-just-an-ice-breaker/

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/

What's your learning style?

How do you learn best… What's your learning style… Are you a visual learner or auditory or a mixture… If you don't know… take this fun test. … Now you know how you learn
How do you learn best? What's your learning style? Are you a visual learner or auditory or a mixture? Find out with this short, fun test. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/whats-your-learning-style/

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/

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