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Teaching Grammar The last half a century has seen a plethora of theories and research studies into second language learning and acquisition as experts and practitioners alike try to gain an understanding of how a foreign language (FL) is learnt in order to best inform teaching and learning...
Top 5 Habits of the Best Language Learners Editor's PickLanguage teachers are very often asked how long it will take to become proficient in a language. Learning a language is like going to the gym: there’s no overnight success. It takes hard work and sustained effort, but over time you’ll definitely start noticing results. Here are five things...
Read Read Read Many agree that the biggest hindrance to a child succeeding in all forms of English tests (reading, writing and comprehension) is down to the amount of reading they have done form infancy. Unfortunately, boys tend to read less generally than girls and therefore they find these...
IELTS speaking do’s Here are some ideas to get you started Examiners like to see a range of tenses and vocabulary but don’t let this get in the way of your fluency.Only use tenses that fit the purpose of the question. If the question is asking you Do you like travelling? You need to state...
Before you rack your brain for an answer, you might as well flash back upon what interests you and keep you doing it all the time in life? Would it be reading novels, drawing, watching videos, doing outdoor activities, playing musical instruments, or unwinding in local pubs after work,...
5 Tips To Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary Editor's PickVocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command of words allows you to further develop the all-round skills of the target language. Learning Mandarin Chinese is no exception. Here are some tips that may help you learn Chinese words more quickly and...
This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to think in terms of each tense’s specificity (description, repetitive action, or one-off action?) , and the emphasis you give it in the sentence...
Speech training can help to enhance speech and increase the confidence of the speaker by improving: Diction – enhanced articulation and sound production. Appropriate Intonation – accurate pitch and stress Error Correction – identification and then...
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...
English as a Foreign Language
One of the biggest challenges faced by many EFL tutors today is teaching English speaking skills. It’s a tricky subject to teach and currently in high demand by many...
High IELTS score or ability to cope at university? Editor's PickWhat is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic workload? Having taught IELTS to quite a lot of international students in recent years, one...
This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to think in terms of each...
Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely...
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...
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)....
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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