Category: About English – Pick ‘n’ Mix

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

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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May 12

Just how effective are language learning apps?

Around 70 million people – including Bill Gates – have signed up for the language learning app Duolingo. The app has received plenty of media attention, and its creators claim that it can help anyone with a smart phone learn a new language. The app is free, and promises all kinds of cutting edge features, …

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May 12

You’re never too old to become fluent in a foreign language

A new study on second language learning has recently taken the media by storm. A range of headlines – from the BBC to the Daily Mail and The Guardian – all trumpeted the depressing message that it’s impossible to become fluent in a foreign language after around age ten. All of these reports dramatically misrepresented …

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May 12

Millennials have created a form of written English that’s as expressive as spoken English !

The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™. That’s because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of written English unique to social media. A rulebook which states that deliberately misspelled words and misused grammar can convey tone, nuance, humour, and even annoyance. Dr Lauren Fonteyn, English Linguistics lecturer …

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Apr 27

5 Reasons Bad English is Good for Global Business by Heather Hansen

The former CEO of Volvo once said they liked to joke within the company that their official, global, corporate language was “Bad English”. Anyone who works in an international environment is familiar with this language. It’s a funny mix of grammatical errors, mispronunciations, and made up words that, somehow, everyone understands perfectly. The fact is, …

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Apr 11

Grammar for Teachers – A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native Speakers

Authors: DeCapua, Andrea Updated and revised with more examples and expanded discussions, this second edition continues the aim of providing teachers with a solid understanding of the use and function of grammatical structures in American English. The book avoids jargon and presents essential grammatical structures clearly and concisely. Dr. DeCapua approaches grammar from a descriptive …

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Apr 11

The language curriculum: A social contextual perspective by Kathleen Graves

Abstract This article examines curriculum from a social contextual perspective in which enactment – teaching and learning – is the central process, to which planning and evaluation contribute. It looks at the ways two kinds of contexts, target-language embedded and target-language removed, influence language curriculum planning and enactment. It provides a brief history of syllabus …

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Apr 11

Handbook of Psycholinguistics (2nd Edition)

Edited by:Matthew J. Traxler and Morton A. Gernsbacher With Psycholinguistics in its fifth decade of existence, the second edition of the Handbook of Psycholinguistics represents a comprehensive survey of psycholinguistic theory, research and methodology, with special emphasis on the very best empirical research conducted in the past decade. Thirty leading experts have been brought together …

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Apr 11

Teaching and Researching: Reading (2nd Edition)

By William Peter Grabe, Fredricka L. Stoller Teaching and Researching Reading was first written to help language professionals understand the complex nature of reading. Now in a thoroughly updated and improved second edition, the book expands connections from research on reading to instructional practices and teacher-initiated action research. Offering an updated overview of reading theory, …

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Apr 11

Identity, Motivation and Autonomy in Language Learning

Edited by: Garold Murray, Xuesong Gao, Terry Lamb In this volume researchers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America employ a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches in their exploration of the links between identity, motivation, and autonomy in language learning. On a conceptual level the authors explore issues related …

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