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Stimulating Prof Steven Pinker video on language

Steven Pinker

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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Cambridge English Teacher – professional development

Cambridge English Teacher is a new resource for professional development from Cambridge University. You can register as a guest for free or sign up to be a full member. Click here to vist the site http://www.cambridgeenglishteacher.org/ As a guest you have access to … 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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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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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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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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Teaching grammar: pause for thought

Do you agree? Read on … Like teachers, students have different levels of grammar awareness. Some students will have spent years learning the grammar of their mother tongue and will expect British people to be equally used to discussing or … Read More»

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