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It is almost the start of a brand new school year, and at this point every year I pose the question to my lower school students about the benefits of learning a language. 9 times out of 10 the response to my question is that languages will never be useful to them, so why bother learning one! It...
No doubt Spanish will be the language of the future Spanish is one of the fastest growing languages on the planet, according to the Cervantes Institute (Instituto Cervantes). In its latest report, published in 2015, the Institute states that about 560 million people currently speak Spanish...
"I belong to a small country. A rocky promontory in the Mediterranean, it has nothing to distinguish it but the efforts of its people, the sea, and the light of the sun. It is a small country, but its tradition is immense and has been handed down through the centuries without interruption. The...
So, a question for you all... What links these words? - boat- wrote- cappuccino- sew- grow- though Hint: say them out loud. Did you get it? Every one of them contains the /əʊ/ sound in standard British English. Look at the variety of spelling patterns that make this one sound: - boat- wrote...
I certainly know that motivation and learning go together. Therefore, I like using theatre tecniques in my lessons because it is fun and motivating, besides including opportunities to practise the language. One of my favourites techniques is role-play. Through it, students can become who they...
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 easy, bite- sized techniques to help and guide the speaker into new territory with a sense of fun and inquisitiveness. I...
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 say anything intelligible in French at all. ( I could probably have written most of it down in grammatically accurate...
When people come to Britain, having learned English in another country, they are often amazed by the number of different ways there are of speaking the language. Britain is not, after all, a very big place, yet the accents of and dialects of Yorkshire, say, or Cornwall, County Durham or...
There is no doubt that grammar is one of the most discussed topics in language learning. It is considered the fundamental structure of a language. However, it can only come alive by speaking and it can only develop further through social interaction. Language is a tool that has to be used whilst...
What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career Editor's PickAs a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those languages? Teach?” It seemed it was my only option… but I’ve always been stubborn and I quickly decided to prove the naysayers wrong. After living all over the world and working almost exclusively with...
English as a Foreign Language
The reason why most EFL students cannot learn English well is that they are not immersed in the English speaking environment. Most students use their first language to...
So, you have decided to take the IELTS exam or perhaps you need to take it, and achieve good grades, to follow your career path. This was the case for one student I recently...
Are you thinking of learning Spanish. I think you'll agree that it's spoken n many different parts of the world and would help you have more fun on holiday and return with a...
Have you ever wondered why you are struggling to remember everything until the next lesson? Most people are very keen to learn in class and at home, but they forget that it's...
Ballet has always been my passion, and the Nutcracker is one of my favourites. Incredible music, written by Tchaikovsky in 1892 for the ballet, is well-known, particularly his...
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:...
When people come to Britain, having learned English in another country, they are often amazed by the number of different ways there are of speaking the language. Britain is...
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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