Post and tips for teaching English grammar

Stimulating Prof Steven Pinker video on language

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If you feel in need of a bit of mental stimulation, have a look at Steven Pinker’s video on language, linguistics and the brain. He covers splitting infinitives, double negatives, meaning and much more. Steven Pinker is a professor of … Read More»

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English UK 2012 Teachers’ Conference #3: Chia Suan Chong on different teaching methodologies

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I recently went to the English UK 2012 Teachers’ Conference. I attended Chia Suan Chong’s session and she talked about different different teaching methodologies. Chia questioned whether trainers, course book writers and teachers have taken sufficient notice of developments in second … Read More»

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Scott Thornbury’s A-Z of ELT

Click here to see Scott Thornbury’s A-Z blog of reflections on ELT. Great video about grammar teaching at ‘G’. Scott is a major figure in English Language Teaching.

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Interesting discussion on student correction

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Thought-provoking article from a well-known CELTA trainer. Student mistakes are not always what they seem! The comments are also worth reading. http://chiasuanchong.com/2012/08/09/the-celta-trainers-diary-part-6-correcting-students-mistakes/

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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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Teaching higher-level young learners (over 20 suggestions)

Some young learners already have quite a good level of English (upper intermediate plus). They are sometimes very well travelled and often go to international schools where some subjects are taught in English. Here are over 20 suggestions about how to … Read More»

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Essential books and ones to consider

Every teacher’s TEFL/ELT library will be a little different but having a range of resources will help give you the insight and flexibility to put together successful courses.   Essential and Additional Books (alternatives are, of course, fine) Most should … Read More»

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A chance to see Michael Swan in Brighton on 9th February 2012

Oxford University Press in conjunction with Sussex DoS Association invites you to join us for a very special grammar teacher development event with Michael Swan! Read on for more information and details of how to register (you can put Homelingua as … Read More»

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Elements of an advanced syllabus

Using the British Council’s ‘Core Inventory for General English’ we can list possible elements of a higher level syllabus (C1 and above) The Inventory covers provides an outline core syllabus based on popular coursebooks, teacher surveys and other sources. Below is … Read More»

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Grammatical terminology

One person’s ‘present participle’ is another person’s ‘ing form’ Teachers and students can have very different exposure to terminology. It is a matter of judgement whether or not to introduce new descriptive terms but on a short course it is … Read More»

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