Category: About English – Pick ‘n’ Mix

Articles, ideas & shares to, support teaching and learning English all round...

Aug 03

What It’s Like Teaching English in China at First Leap by Josh Wilson

Probably one of the biggest unknowns of people considering teaching in China is the day to day life at home and at work. What will my home be like? What will my social life be like? What will the workload be like? Will the atmosphere at work be enjoyable? And will the aggregate of all …

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Aug 03

English and Grammar

I never really understood that urge English teachers have to put their students through endless grammar exercises… and as a teacher myself felt I had to do it too… but, as I realised much later, only both under syllabus and peer pressure… All I remembered until then, as a native, is that we never really …

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Aug 02

Why We Should All Spend a Little More Time Reading by Maryanne Wolf

The most important contribution of the invention of written language to the species is a democratic foundation for critical, inferential reasoning and reflective capacities. This is the basis of a collective conscience. If we in the twenty-first century are to preserve a vital collective conscience, we must ensure that all members of our society are …

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Jul 22

Now students are expected to study a language until age 16, the work to rebuild begins – Olga Gomez-Cash

The government’s decision that all pupils will now have to study a language GCSE as part of the English Baccalureate (EBacc) could be the moment when languages are restored to their rightful esteem in England – but there is still work to be done to ensure that. For those who have fought to promote languages …

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Jul 22

Now or later: when should children learn English? Novi Rahayu Restuningrum

It is important to encourage children to learn English as long as they already master their mother tongue. www.shutterstock.com Novi Rahayu Restuningrum secured a funding from the Indonesian government through DIKTI program to continue her PhD from 2011 to 2015 at Monash University, Australia. The use of English in everyday life is on the rise …

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Jul 19

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken in the World Today

Language evolution is like biological evolution—it happens minutely, generation by generation, so there’s no distinct breaking point between one language and the next language that develops from it. Therefore, it’s impossible to say that one language is really older than any other one; they’re all as old as humanity itself. That said, each of the …

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Jul 03

The Role of Self-Esteem in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching Authors: Habrat, Agnieszka

This book demonstrates how foreign language self-esteem (FLSE) affects foreign language (L2) learning and teaching, and how it fluctuates with growing proficiency. Further, it explains the interaction between FLSE and a range of factors of recognized importance in second language acquisition (SLA). The theoretical part of the book presents the main pillars of self-esteem as …

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Jul 03

Challenges of Second and Foreign Language Education in a Globalized World

Studies in Honor of Krystyna Droździał-Szelest Editors: Pawlak, Mirosław, Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Anna (Eds.) This edited collection brings together papers by eminent scholars who attempt to demonstrate how challenges can most successfully be ameliorated with an eye to enhancing the effectiveness of the processes of language teaching and learning. In Part One, emphasis is placed on challenges …

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Jun 30

Ice breakers – a crowd-sourced list by Jenni Field

Last week I took to Twitter and The IC Crowd to ask for ideas for ice breakers for around 12 people. Thanks to the lovely people out there for all their ideas – I thought I’d compile them here for anyone else asking the same question! Company Speed Dating Split your group into Group A …

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May 12

How New Technologies Are Changing Language Learning, For Better And Worse

AI, AR and VR are increasingly hot topics in the language learning space — with new tools and technologies being touted as silver bullets that will fundamentally change the way we learn. Numerous on-demand apps and free tools have made language learning accessible to everyone: Duolingo is a prime example, busuu’s Alexa bot is making …

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