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Latvia slides

Thanks to the teachers who attended the OUP Day in Riga. As promised, the slides are available for download below in pdf format.

My Students Hate Writing – Help!
In this session we will consider the reasons why many teenagers dislike writing in English and attempt to identify those aspects of writing skills with which teenagers tend to experience the most difficulties. Then we will consider a range of simple and practical classroom activities which can help to equip students with the skills and strategies they need to succeed with writing.
My students hate writing

Working with Mixed Groups
In this session we look at the challenges presented by mixed groups and consider some techniques that teachers can use to make classroom activities better tailored to individual needs while maintaining – or perhaps even enriching – the group dynamic. The session aims to offer both a selection of effective and practical classroom ideas for the mixed-ability classroom as well as tips for adapting materials to make them more suitable for heterogeneous groups.
Working with mixed groups

Latvia handouts

Thanks to those teachers who took part in the recent OUP professional development days in Riga and Ventspils, as well as those who attended the LATGALE ELT conference in Daugavpils.

My first session was ‘Exam skills and topics – what teens need’. We looked at a variety of techniques that can boost students’ confidence and motivation to prepare – from unexpected visitors to grandmothers. I promised you a handout, didn’t I?

Then we had ‘Grammar in the spotlight’ – looking at the practicalities of making grammar lessons work with younger learners. There is a handout for this session, too.

If you’re not in Latvia, then make sure you go there some time. Take a camera.

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