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Why Learn Russian? Editor's PickPopularity. There are 150 million native Russians speakers, plus Russian is still spoken in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. It’s estimated more than 200 million people worldwide speak Russian, which makes it the 8th most widely spoken language in the world. Russian...
The role of teachers in collaborative learning Editor's PickIn collaborative learning (CL) the teacher plays a critical role in contributing to students’ engagement and the success of the group task as a whole (Johnson et al, 2000). Teachers introduce students to the processes of CL by making explicit how to work in groups, express ideas, and seek help...
In the natural flow of conversations native speakers will always use some idioms to express what they want to say. The beauty of idioms is that they have no social, economic boundaries, everyone uses them. Well everyone who is a native speaker, for my international students the concept of...
In my years of teaching English, I see the same language issue over and over again - students successfully moving to higher level classes, yet their pronunciation has seen very little or nonexistent improvement. Why is that? I would say that there is nothing sadder than seeing a student in a...
New Year, New Language! Editor's PickYou may be surprised to learn that, according to Ethnologue, English is now only the third most widely spoken language in the world. Unsurprisingly, given its population of more than 1.38 billion people, Chinese is the most widely spoken followed by Spanish. Here in the UK, our relationship...
I am a native English speaker currently based in the United Kingdom where I have been living and working for the past nine years. I currently teach English full-time in Manchester. I have been developing my profession as an English language teacher over three years. I have a TEFL Certificate...
What to do this particular afternoon with my Chinese Students, more IELTS and phrasal verbs? 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...
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...
Why Learn French? Learning French flings open the shutters on an exciting new culture - its history, political life, philosophical tradition; its art, cuisine, cinema, music, theatre, poetry… So often, if we are focused on attaining a certain grade for GCSE or A’ Level, or if we need,...
While working for my MA in translation one of the areas we covered was machine language: for our purposes that can simply be interpreted as translation. That was almost 20 years ago, and at the time, a rather amusing exercise was how to make as many translation errors as possible. The puzzle...
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...
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,...
Everyone can learn a language! Or is this a myth? Why do we often hear ‘I am not good at learning a foreign language; it’s not for me’? The answer is closely linked to...
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...
If you decide to study the Russian language, many prospects will open up for you. In 2016, Russia's population is currently about 150 million people. You can find business...
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...
Ovid composed the 'Amores' at the tender of age of 18 (the age of several of my students). This set of poems, originally 5 books, was cut down by Ovid himself into a more...
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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