August 2018 archive

Motivation – Motivating or Motivated ?

Too often do English teachers -and others- presume that motivation follows suit to request or requirement… but we couldn’t be further from the truth… Motivation is, like all things, learnt… We can see that in kids from a very young age already… children who are not challenged and motivated will not make the slightest effort …

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Learning a Foreign Language Helps Kids Think and Make Money. Why Don’t American Parents Care?

Only 20 percent of K-12 students in the U.S. are enrolled in a foreign language class. Why aren’t American parents outraged? By Cameron LeBlanc Aug 19 2018, 10:07 PM The advantages of teaching kids a second language are diverse and well-established by research. Cognitive functioning improves. Standardized test scores rise. Cultural knowledge increases. Career opportunities …

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The Handbook of Conversation Analysis

Jack Sidnell (Editor), Tanya Stivers (Editor) Presenting a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of theoretical and descriptive research in the field, The Handbook of Conversation Analysis brings together contributions by leading international experts to provide an invaluable information resource and reference for scholars of social interaction across the areas of conversation analysis, discourse analysis, linguistic anthropology, interpersonal …

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Literacy – An Advanced Resource Book for Students By Brian V. Street, Adam Lefstein

integrates psychological, educational and anthropological approaches to literacy and its consequences for individuals and society gathers together influential readings from key names in this inter-disciplinary field, including: Catherine Snow, David Olson, and Mike Cole presents teachers, students and researchers with many diverse opportunities to explore for themselves a broad range of perspectives and methods of …

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Language Testing and Assessment An Advanced Resource Book By Glenn Fulcher, Fred Davidson

introduces students to the key methods and debates surrounding language testing and assessment explores the testing of linguistic competence of children, students, asylum seekers and many others in context of the uses to which such research can be put presents influential and seminal readings in testing and assessment by names such as Michael Canale and …

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English for Academic Purposes – An Advanced Resource Book By Ken Hyland

introduces the major theories, approaches and controversies in the field gathers together influential readings from key names in the discipline, including: John Swales, Alasair Pennycook, Greg Myers, Brian Street and Ann Johns provides numerous exercises as practical study tools that encourage in students a critical approach to this subject. Written by an experienced teacher and …

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Five habits of effective English language learners By Martin Sketchley

‘The English language is truly global and the opportunities to read or listen to it are endless’. ‘The English language is truly global and the opportunities to read or listen to it are endless’. Photo © Vox Efx, licensed under CC-BY-2.0 and adapted from the original. What habits should English language learners adopt to help …

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9 Ways to Check Understanding in TEFL

When should we check understanding? We should check that learners understand: when we are introducing or revising new language (grammar or lexical items and functional expressions) when, during an activity, we realise that our learners haven’t understood something. This could be, for example, a word in a reading text when we are giving instructions for …

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The Art of English – Lesson Planning

Preparing A Lesson is best done when the teacher has already tested the students’ levels and audited their needs before setting objectives and preparing English lessons to reach those objectives… Testing the students’ level will help you take the course on the right foot… rather than relying on impressions or resting the course on the …

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What Music At Work Does To Your Brain (and it’s pretty amazing) by Tom Popomaronis

Music has enriched people’s personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too. When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, however, have a handle on when …

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