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Must I live in the country to learn the language?

This is a very common question with people starting to learn a foreign language. We have all...
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Discovering why you wanted to learn languages

People who want to learn a language, generally, start with a quite common purpose: work,...
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Learning languages in modern times

It is commonly believed that languages need to follow a certain sequence when teaching them to...
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Learning Keeps the Mind Young

The reason why I have started teaching at all is because I love learning. I'm very curious and I...

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  • Culture And Cultural Awareness In Italian

    Gisa Calogero Italian (general) Tutor (South West London) Picture In the past, methods based on behaviourism, which regarded language learning as mere acquisition of sets of skills, were based on drilling followed by positive or negative reinforcement. Culture was not part of language learning. The communicative approach recommended today shifted the focus on...
  • Do I need grammar when studying a language?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Do I need to learn grammar when studying a language? Grammar is a set of rules that explains how a language works. I like to compare grammar to the rules of a game or a sport. Knowing the rules helps you to play better. Just like with games and sports, each language has its own set of rules that...
  • Why Are Pronunciation and Spelling So Important?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Why are pronunciation and spelling so important? One of the questions that often students ask me is: “What is more important when learning a new language: grammar or pronunciation?” Of course grammar, the rules that explain how a language works, is important but when you are trying to make...

 

  • The importance of student-centred learning

    Italian (general) Tutor (Sutton) Picture Student-centred learning is very important in any learning situation.  By asking the students what they want to learn and any ideas about what activities interest them you take into account an individual's choice and help realise their potential.  This is done by creating appropriate...
  • So, you want to learn a foreign language, do you?

    Helen Evans Italian (general) Tutor (Bristol) Picture Learning a new language comes easier to some than to others, there’s no question about it. I have tried many ways of learning the Italian language - group lessons, 1:1, 2:1, residential courses in Italy, staying with a host family whilst studying the language, and I’ve even indulged in an online...
  • Switch on your fav language learning channel!

    A-level Italian Tutor (Cambridge) Picture " I really can't learn that grammar concept", "It's very hard to memorise all these words", "I'm not good at languages!". Do these statements sound familiar? I bet some do! Some students come to my lessons with all these preconceptions and "can't do" attitude that, unfortunately, prevents them...