Category: About English – Pick ‘n’ Mix

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House of Cards

AN EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT MYSTERY THRILLER! Who killed Matthew B. Richardson III? Banksters or Islamic terrorists? The head of one of the largest investment banking and securities firms in the United States has been assassinated in Times Square in the middle of New York City’s annual celebration of Halloween, the Festival of the Dead. Louis Martelli, NYPD, …

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Gray Tide in the East

AN INTRIGUING ALTERNATE HISTORY OF WWI August 1, 1914, Berlin: Kaiser Wilhelm II cancels the German invasion of Belgium over the objections of his generals, sending his armies east against Russia instead of west to France, and sets off a chain of events that will radically change the course of modern history. Gray Tide in …

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The Witches of Gloucester

IT’S NOT ABOUT POWER. IT’S ABOUT LOVE. The historic port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, has a special charm, due at least in part to its resident witches. For decades, raven-maned Marguerite and red-headed Beryl have lived among its hard-working inhabitants, making magic and mischief. Love and sex fuel their supernatural abilities, but duality limits their power. …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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