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  • 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....
  • This basically entails teaching four hours of a new language to the trainees in the initial stage of their course to give them a taste of what it feels like to be in a language classroom. I teach Welsh. I don’t use any published materials for the...