Category: About English – Pick ‘n’ Mix

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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