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Voice in Second Language Writing Editor's PickWhat is voice in writing and why is it considered important? In hindsight, voice is considered by some as the ‘single most important element in writing’ (Murray, 1984) because it ‘separates writing that is not read from writing that is read’. This provokes the challenging question of what is...
Firstly a good teacher or book are a must. Now I have spent ages finding the right books for the languages I learned but also trying to find the right books to teach German. No one book is perfect but it is a start. A phrasebook is also good to have as well as a beginners dictionary. When...
Why Learn A Foreign Language? Editor's PickNo matter one's age, learning another language is bound to benefit one mentally, psychologically and culturally. It can also be an advantage when competing in the job market, whether national or international. I would say it opens your mind, eyes and heart. You gain another perspective in life...
How all teachers can benefit from ESL teacher training practice. ESL practitioners are taught to never assume too much so when a student walks into a class always take the approach that the student is starting from the beginning regardless of how advanced they might be . ESL students tend to...
The dreaded German verbs conjugation! German verbs are not easy, but with a few good rules, you can get your head around them. The book I always refer my student back to is the Schaum's Outlines of German Grammar. The bible of grammar and includes everything you need to know plus so many...
Directing a learner towards the best course or form of assessment for them is an important task for any tutor. We now have English language learners in a wide variety of circumstances, not just here settling in the UK or on a student’s visa to sit a Cambridge EFL exam before returning home....
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...
English as a Foreign Language
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...
English is a colonial language, so its history is mired with tyranny and exploitation. This has ultimately resulted in, as Jenkins (2009, p. 56) writes, ‘the devaluing of...
Spanish is spoken currently by an estimated 350 million people around the world and it is the fourth most commonly spoken language. Besides Spain, Spanish is the dominant...
La liaison= linking words together in spoken French: how does it work ? what is la liaison and what is its purpose ? Première partie La liaison refers to the action of...
Hindi Script is known as the Devanagari script. It is written from left to right. Devanagari script has forty-seven primary characters, of which fourteen are vowels and...
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...
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...
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...
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