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Improving your pronunciation

One thing I hear so often from students of English is that they want to improve their...
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Review of 'English Pronunciation in Use'

Review of English Pronunciation in Use Intermediate: Mark Hancock. 2003. CUP. Despite being...
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Why we don't always mean what we say

The meaning of a statement is not always obvious from the meaning of the words it contains. I...
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The Effects of Technology on the Use of English

Introduction It may seem obvious that the technological changes that have occurred since...

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  • A question

    Adam Dixon English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Edinburgh) Picture 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...
  • Pigeons and Crayola: African American English

    Farhaz J English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Croydon) Picture 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 local language and culture’. This occurred through a devaluing of the non-British ‘other’, as being not in accordance...
  • Indispensable (adj.) – synonym: essential

    Lucy Roberts English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Swindon) Picture While the internet is an incredible resource and one I use frequently, I still love physical reference books. The Oxford Book of Quotations, Brewerʼs Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Fowlerʼs Modern English Usage... Many a happy hour has been whiled away with these, and others. When it comes...

 

  • The Evolution of the ESL Schools in Brazil

    Rick Aquilino English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture In my opinion, there is no career more rewarding than teaching English as a second language. I started teaching ESL when I moved to Brazil in 2001. Initially, I trained under… let’s call her Elle for the sake of not putting anyone on the spot. Elle was a career teacher with more than 30...
  • How do I become fluent in English?

    Daniel Calvert English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture How can I speak English fluently? An answer to this question comes from information processing theory. This theory says that language learning is a skill like any other. To be successful at that skill, we first need 'declarative knowledge'. Think of declarative knowledge as 'knowledge that': for...
  • Music and English as a foreign language

    Leo Nolan-Evans English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Manchester) Picture 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, and my musical background proved to be useful. I began my official work, by bringing Israeli and Palestinian children...