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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
I decided to volunteer as a TEFL Tutor whilst I was working in an office / commercial environment after I first graduated. I wanted to re-engage with my people skills and help...
Volunteering - a great way to improve your English Editor's PickTrying to practise English in London can be a frustrating task. With so many languages spoken in this wonderfully diverse city, it can mean that it's often far too easy to fall...
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...
"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...
When I was a teenage girl, it was compulsory to study War and Peace at school. I remember that the volume we had to read seemed frightening – 4 thick books with loads of...
Did you know that the words 'beginning' and 'end' used to be a single word in the Slavic languages, as e.g. in Russian? The words "начало" "конец" actually have the...
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...
Areas to work on for Accent Improvement Editor's PickAccent Improvement - areas to work on First of all, I prefer to refer to “accent improvement”, rather than “accent reduction, neutralising or softening” – it seems more...
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