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33 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Technology Tips              ❯❯❯ more parts reckoning the target group’s needs. Depending on the level of their diligence and language level/advancement students have a couple of days or just in-class time to familiarize with the expressions, translate new vocabulary and next, during an online or regular lesson, we discuss the material. Again, in a variety of possibilities depending on the group. Such work provides unusual involvement and fun, e.g. finding the literal meaning of the expressions in English or/and Polish (I always care to stress that literal translation is not the way it works in a real language) and find the most accurate Polish equivalents. Finding out how idiomatic expressions work both, in a native and foreign language is always such a great occasion not only to brainstorm ideas but also to see the diversity, beauty and the richness of languages. One of my particularly favorite episodes is 100 Commonly Mispronounced Words in American English. The podcast’s author consolidated the common mispronounced words in her language classes in that episode. With those single words listed from one to hundred and examples of sentences, the listeners can work on their pronunciation and also learn new vocabulary. Interestingly, my students were truly surprised by the way words such as iron, salmon or almond are pronounced. Listening exercises and recordings accompanying the textbooks we use in a classroom are very rarely recorded by native users of English. Thus, they significantly deviate from the language our students are supposed to speak and understand in the future. That is why, I advocate to utilize authentic materials as frequently as possible. Such exercises may be used as an in-class, online activity, homework assignment or an extra task for those learners who are more ambitious and motivated or simply do the tasks faster than the rest of the group. Using that kind of activities may also be a great opportunity to employ a relatively little known approach to education which is called “flipped learning”. As the name suggests, it involves turning traditional teaching methods upside down. In a “flipped” classroom, students take advantage of new technologies or materials provided by the teacher prior to the lesson to absorb content at home through videos, podcasts and other digital or traditional

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