ACET Tip of the Week!

English only in the Classroom

English Only

In the ELT classroom it is very beneficial to encourage learners to speak English only while in class. It helps them to learn and use functional and useful English as well as what is in their course books. They can express interest, boredom, share and react to news, make social arrangements with classmates etc.

Perhaps the biggest benefit is that learners become more confident and feel less self-conscious when speaking English.

Here at ACET we encourage learners to speak English as soon as they walk through the doors of the school, to chat to each other during the coffee break in English only.

In class our teachers explain to the learners that only English is allowed in the classroom and this policy must be adhered to. Learners quickly become use to this and when they see that everyone is doing it, they will do so, too.

As teachers we understand the importance of providing learners with the tools for communication. We teach new vocabulary in chunks, phrases and appropriate responses to questions, so that learners can use these to communicate effectively both in and out of class.

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ACET Exam Tips!

keep calmHere at ACET we prepare students for a variety of English Exams – KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL etc.  so to help all our students studying for their exams we have asked some of the academic team for their top exam tips!

exam tips

  • Make sure you fully understand what the course and the exam involves.
  • Be aware of your timing and always try to improve your time management.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you are having difficulties – speak to your teacher and your classmates for extra support. Be patient with yourself.
  • Listen to your teacher, respond to the feedback you get and be willing to make changes to your learning style, if necessary.
  • Make the most of every speaking opportunity in and out of class.
  • Keep a record of your common/regular errors. Review them regularly.
  • Don’t just leave new vocabulary in your notebook – take these words out – use them in conversation and writing tasks.
  • Tune in when you are listening – who is talking to whom? What are they talking about? Listen to the radio at home or while you are walking.
  • Do at least one English activity a day – watch a film, read a magazine, a newspaper or a short story. Have a chat in English and enjoy it.
  • Practise often, but not for too long.  Do one activity at a time.
  • Invest in a good English-English dictionary or app and use it to help build your vocabulary range and control.
  • Try to think in English – don’t give yourself time to translate – just go for it!!
  • Make friends with some native speakers – they may be difficult to understand at first, but you will soon get used to it and you will make great progress.
  • Do practice papers regularly in order to check your ability as well as your time management.

good luck