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28 Jan 2015

At first, when I started teaching, I was afraid of grammar. I was petrified.

27 Jan 2015

Grammar is not always the favorite part of language that educators want to teach or students want to learn. Let's take a quick look...

27 Jan 2015

English To Go is a wonderful resource where you can find lesson plans for any age and level, based on Reuters News articles.

26 Jan 2015

As I mostly teach adults who appreciate being offered possibly practical and personalised activities, I always try to make the grammar...

22 Jan 2015

There’s a very amusing advert for a language school on Youtube where we see the German Coastguard picking up an emergency broadcast.

22 Jan 2015

I have been doing international projects with students of all ages and levels for about twenty years.

20 Jan 2015

Sink or Think?

19 Jan 2015

The use of authentic material on a regular basis can be a very profitable possibility for students when it comes to being exposed to...

16 Jan 2015

With students who are preparing for presentations, job interviews or even exams, a great way to motivate them and get them thinking...

  • I kept thinking I couldn’t teach the language without Michael Swan’s Practical English Usage right by my side. I was sitting up all night making sure I didn’t get it wrong. But eventually, I think I learnt how to get along.And I think that point,...
  • Acquisition vs. LearningMost researchers acknowledge a distinction between language acquisition and language learning. A simple, rudimentary explanation of the difference is that acquisition involves being able to easily use the language to...
  • At the end of the 1990’s the editors trained me, and I composed a number of lessons in the required format for the site. Since the format and the tasks were basically the same as those of the newly-introduced final state school exam, I began to...
  •  And I usually appreciate opportunities that let students question, doubt and rethink what they already know - be it grammar or any other aspect of the language.That's how I've come to love using "slashed" activities in order to encourage my student...
  • ‘Mayday, mayday..we are sinking!’ The German pauses, and then asks, ‘What are you sinking about?’The joke plays on the difficulty some German speakers have distinguishing between the /s/ sound and the /θ/ sound as he mistakes /sɪŋk/ for /θɪŋk/....
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  • The only times pronunciation flowed smoothly happened when I got beginner groups, and continued with them, using an integrated approach to teaching every aspect and skill. Children aged eight or nine simply repeated all the sounds after me, finding...
  • How can authentic videos such as sitcoms, movies and TV commercials make a difference in students’ progress when acquiring a foreign language ?
  • With students who are preparing for presentations, job interviews or even exams, a great way to motivate them and get them thinking about using the English language effectively, is to encourage them to generate their own content to bring to class....