Posts and tips about cultural awareness

Webinar – Pronunciation – 2016 January

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Thank you! Firstly, thank you to those home tutors who attended this first webinar of 2016. We talked a little about ‘keeping your Teacher Profile alive’, namely adding the five excursions to your profile page. If you haven’t done that yet … Read More»

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Cambridge webinar GenZ – 28th April 2015

Engaging ‘Generation Z’ Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3PM BST – 4PM BST Digital media are a major part of everyday life for Generation Z. In fact, it has been from the day they were born. Engaging the youth in activities … Read More»

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What are the most common festive words in English?

Happy Christmas 2014! Cambridge University Press has been analysing an English language Festive Corpus to find out what the most popular words are at this time of year. You can see the article here You can contribute to the festive … Read More»

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Example lesson based on your student’s 10 associations with the UK (all levels)

This lesson is devised for students joining a Homelingua home tuition course. As a pre-arrival activity, we survey some students asking them for ‘the ten things they most associate with the UK’. If we have sent this and it has … Read More»

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The relationship between language & culture and the implications for language teaching

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Here is an interesting article from Aubrey Neil Leveridge for TEFL.net: The Relationship Between Language & Culture and the Implications for Language Teaching. Did you know that a common greeting in Mandarin Chinese is ‘Have you eaten?’?

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What is ‘halal’

We are seeing a slow but steady growth in the number of Muslim learners choosing home tuition so it’s worth considering what halal requirements can mean. ‘Halal’ means ‘permissable’ in relation to objects and actions within Islamic law. Halal food is … Read More»

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Why English is difficult for Arabic speakers

As Arabic is not an Indo-European language it does not share many of the fundamental features of English. What feels obvious to say speakers of English, German, Spanish or Russian may not be at all obvious to Arabic speakers. Read on for … Read More»

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Spelling problems for Arabic speakers

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English spelling can be a real problem for students who speak Arabic. Here is a link to a helpful website by Johanna Stirling, English Language Garden. 

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Teaching Japanese students

Find out what Japanese students find hard … Japanese learners of English have usually studied English at secondary school. Some younger students may have had some lessons at primary school. However English is generally taught in a non-communicative way, with … Read More»

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Russian student tips

Over the years Homelingua has been getting an increasing number of bookings for Russian students, especially for Young Learner courses. Most of the students are academically bright and will probably go on to top universities. Many (but not all) may … Read More»

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