January 2018 archive

The importance of context for English teaching: experience, situation and surrounding language by Tom Garside

Whenever we use language, whether we are speaking, listening, reading or writing, we do it in some kind of context. The situation we are in, the tone we want to express and the ways that others respond to us all affect the nature of the language choices that we make. Language without context lacks important …

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Communicative Language Teaching (The Communicative Approach) BY Mohamed RHALMI

As the language theories underlying the Audiolingual method and the Sitiuational Language Teaching method were questioned by prominent linguists like Chomsky (1957) during the 1960s, a new trend of language teaching paved its way into classrooms. Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), which is an approach to the teaching of second and foreign languages, emphasizes interaction as …

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English at your students’ fingertips by Paul Braddock.

What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that students need to immerse themselves in the language: listen to lots of English, frequently revise vocabulary, study the language and understand how the grammar affects meaning. There is a lot the …

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Earn Money from Home… Teaching English with VIPKID

VIPKID is an online English education platform allowing children (4-12) in China to take classes from North American teachers, all from the comfort of their homes. There are a lot of sacrifices involved in staying home to teach your kids. Earning money doesn’t have to be one of them. There are many great ways to …

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Confirming Your English Identity by Lisa HAGAN

Lisa Hagan takes the mystery out of biometric testing for international English language test takers Recent television and radio coverage of situations in which international students without a basic grasp of English have been accepted by U.S. and other universities has highlighted the problem of fraud in international testing. Little systematic data exists on its …

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What it’s like to love someone in a second language by Lauren COCKING

“So, do you speak to each other in English or Spanish?” is up there as one of the questions I’m most frequently asked about my bilingual relationship — typically by curious strangers, although sometimes by friends who clearly haven’t been paying that much attention. While slightly bizarre, I can understand the curiosity factor about romance …

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English Plus University Graduates….

Babel Academy of English recognise that many students wish to improve their English for very specific career goals. English + Pharmacy is an intensive programme specifically designed for pharmacy graduates from non-English speaking countries who would like to work as professionals in Ireland. A joint venture with their partners, Clarity Locums and Excellent Pharmacist Academy …

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Use pop songs to learn connected speech and sound more fluent in English By Colm Boyd

Modern record player seen from above on a turquoise surface ‘Because they are repetitive, songs provide a great opportunity to notice links between words.’ Colm Boyd, a materials writer and British Council teacher in Barcelona shows how attention to connected speech in pop music can help improve fluency in spoken English. What is connected speech? …

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4 ways to use augmented and virtual reality apps in the classroom BY EMILY MAJOR

November 1st, 2017 Check out these teacher-approved apps and lesson plans for teaching with AR and VR. Are you curious about using augmented or virtual reality in your classroom? If you’ve already tried it out, are you looking for more app and lesson plan ideas? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Start with the Google …

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Educators/Teachers & Power by michael mcknight

The Nine Types of Power we can choose from……… Our goal with the young people we serve is to influence them. To assist them to make decisions that will have a positive effect on their lives. 1. Authority Power- this power is based on the adults position or title in the organization. In schools it …

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