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Lesson time is precious, students are juggling other subjects, courses, commitments, social life etc...so how can you maximise out of classroom learning? I always give my students a list of films which are chosen specifically to appeal to young people. Also films which relate to an area of the...
Student-centred learning is very important in any learning situation. By asking the students what they want to learn and any ideas about what activities interest them you take into account an individual's choice and help realise their potential. This is done by creating appropriate...
You choose French studies. You think it will be easy - a couple of words and phrases to memorise every week. Then you realise what you didn't realise before; that French Literature studies are really about Literature. OK, it has just got a bit more difficult but, hey, still it's 10 hours per...
One of the comments I hear most often when I tell people I am a linguist is, "I wish I spoke another language." Here in the UK we are not as much in the habit of learning foreign languages as many of our fellow Europeans are. As speakers of the third most spoken language in the world (and,...
The thought of doing an exam is always a bit scary for me. I get very stressed out, which can sometimes make me forget things. So when teaching FCE classes I give my students these tips to help them with their vocabulary, so on the actual day they feel like they know plenty of words and...
German tops the list for highest paid and most in demand languages in the UK in 2016. If you want to advance your career prospects by learning a foreign language, knowing German will earn you a higher salary than French, Arabic or Spanish, according to the latest statistics. Out of over one...
Soften your vowels. Perhaps the best example of how vowels in the Irish argot are softer is contained in the schoolhouse recitation of the alphabet. American kids begin with "ay, bee, see . . ."; Irish kids begin with "ah, bee, see . . . ." Let's begin with perhaps the first phrase you'll utter...
Learning a new language comes easier to some than to others, there’s no question about it. I have tried many ways of learning the Italian language - group lessons, 1:1, 2:1, residential courses in Italy, staying with a host family whilst studying the language, and I’ve even indulged in an online...
The best way to learn a language is to go and live in a country where it’s spoken. Then you are surrounded by that language and can absorb it naturally as you see and hear it used in context around you. Even if you have no interest in learning, you are forced to come to terms with it if you...
How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...
English as a Foreign Language
My long experience of teaching English as a second language, began in Israel/Palestine in the late 1970s. This was a particularly delicate and dangerous period in the region,...
Are you an English language student aiming to study at university? Or do you want to communicate your ideas very clearly and precisely for work or study? If so, then developing...
Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely...
You choose French studies. You think it will be easy - a couple of words and phrases to memorise every week. Then you realise what you didn't realise before; that French...
Videos and Audios: 1. Songs for children 水果冰淇淋系列: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC55D07289FF90C62 2. Programs for kids of 4 years plus:...
Getting to learn a language is very much like getting to know a new world. To me, it has always been a means of becoming part of an entirely different culture, history and way...
When working on an accent that is different from your own it may seem like a daunting task. Through my teaching at various drama schools and professional companies I have used...
Don't chew - just get connected! Editor's PickMany non-native speakers of English are completely mystified when they hear continuous spoken English in conversation for the first time. They may never have encountered some...
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