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Welcome to the PD Exchange English Language Teaching Blog. Here, we'll discuss hot topics in the world of English language teaching, share teaching tips and techniques, and explore ideas to help you grow as an English language teacher or program manager.  Select from any of the topics in the side menu to the left, or browse recent posts from all categories below.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

It's the time of year when ELT conferences are in full swing. Over the next few months you or your staff will probably be attending one or two conferences. The challenge with conferences is that in the frenzy of the moment you can sometimes miss out on a lot of what's going on. Try some of these tips so that you and your teachers can get the most out of their professional development experience!

Creating an All-English School

It's no secret that enforcing English-only rules in an English language school can be difficult. This shouldn't stop your efforts to have English spoken in your school because speaking English as much as possible is to their benefit as learners. Here are a few tips on how to keep your students speaking English.

If possible, have a mix of language groups in your classes. Avoid having classes in which all of the students speak the same first language. Having a mix of languages in a class will reduce student ability to revert to a first language when communication gets difficult. It also forces students to interact with each other in English.

Embracing Local Culture in Class

Part of the experience of learning another language is learning another culture. This includes the local culture of your town or city as well as your regional and national cultures.

Build opportunities into your curriculum for teachers to introduce local food, history, music and art to their students.