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Did you know, that German is the mother tongue of almost 100,000,000 people in the world? And the most widely spoken mother tongue in the EU! Kindergarten, autobahn, rucksack or strudel: These are all German words. -You'd like to travel to German speaking countries? -You like their nature,...
English Can Be Hard To 'Fathom' Editor's PickOne of the things I love about teaching English is that it continually throws up opportunities for me to learn more about my own language, and where it came from. One of the difficulties in learning English comes from its very complexity - words that look the same can have different...
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...
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,...
Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film,...
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...
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...
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...
Taiwan is a small but very beautiful country with 23 million population, national language is Mandarin Chinese. People from Taiwan are very friendly and generous, we always try...
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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