A Russian London-based entrepreneur and language teacher has branched out with the launch of his second textbook aimed at international business-people and students learning Russian.
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There is nothing like a Peter Hook baseline along with some dark Ian Curtis lyrics to get your student in the mood for learning. Well I am joking of course.
I really enjoy going through songs and using the lyrics to teach as it makes life so much easier. I don't have to spend a lot of energy...
What to do this particular afternoon with my Chinese Students? Then.... ( and this you will not believe ) I hear a Spaceman is about to arrive at Birkdale. Has this writer spent too much time on the pop? I hear you cry. But, no, this is the absolute truth. Alan Bean. Who He? Alan Bean from...
Ken Robinson TED talks : Education
Blood run from their face
Why do we need to learn a language? Why indeed? I mean it’s not as if the government thinks it’s particularly important, well certainly not in terms of them making a GCSE in languages obligatory up to 16 years of age. But conversely they view getting young children interested at primary...
One of the most memorable events in my life was when at the age of five I was walking around Monmartre, the portrait painting epicentre of Paris, with my Dad and a French man asked if he would like him "to paint ze liddle boy". My Dad said "non" but the painter persisted by upping his offer to...
I believe in building confidence through committed tutoring and adapting one´s teaching methods to the needs of the individual student. My teaching style aims to create a strong foundation for learning by inspiring a true interest in the subject, allowing for rapid progress and understanding...
I must have heard that question a million times during my 30 years as a secondary school teacher! Why indeed? Doesn't the whole world speak English?
Well, actually, no it doesn't! It may be an ever smaller world, with global businesses and communication, but the whole world most definitely...
Many beginners are struck with fear on their first day of class upon being told that the majority of their classes will be in Spanish. Many imagine that the teacher will teach them words and phrases with their equivalent translations and speak in English. However, modern methods for teaching...
So here I am happily ensconced in beautiful Birkdale where every day's a joy. Then what? My Chinese students - confused as they are by our ( English ) obsession with the game we're utterly useless at ( Ok, this could include any number of sports, but you get my drift ) - ask for lessons on the...
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