Monthly Archives: September 2010

Why we have problems with ‘foreign’ accents

So, you don’t like the sound of that shifty foreign student, eh? Don’t worry, it’s not your fault, it’s your stupid brain playing tricks on you. Of the many indignities international students endure, notes the Scientific American, accent discrimination may … Continue reading

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Angolan army general stresses the importance of English

The vice chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), General Abreu Muengo “Kamorteiro” called for the need of teaching of English language within the staff members of the Angolan army. The training programme, noted the Angola Press, was … Continue reading

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A good way of teaching relative clauses

Here’s a good way of teaching relative clauses with an emphasis on speaking: Click here for the detailed lesson plan from Thomas Lavelle, courtesy of Ask Thomas. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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English language education in Korea: Is it a fad or the future?

About one-third the size of Japan, South Korea now outspends its Asian rival by a margin of three to one in English language education, according to unofficial industry estimates. Due to its largely underground nature, notes Yonhap News, estimates as … Continue reading

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A quick conversation warmer…

What are these two talking about? Courtesy of NikPeachey on Twitter. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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8 great ideas for class blog posts

If this post were a tin then the contents of it would be exactly what you’d find written on said tin. Did that make sense? 1. Share a photograph of your classroom Explain about the different parts of it and … Continue reading

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A dummies guide to chunking

In recent decades, notes the New York Times, the study of language acquisition and instruction has increasingly focused on ‘chunking’: how children learn language not so much on a word-by-word basis but in larger “lexical chunks” or meaningful strings of … Continue reading

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Are you ready for this?

Our students use the bloody things, but are you ready top incorporate them in your teaching? Kno Movie from Kno, Inc. on Vimeo. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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Great list of free online journals

Blatantly borrowed from Clarissa at Talk to the Clouds blog: There are many free journals that serve as sources of high-quality “do-it-yourself” professional development. These journals are online-only, for the most part (no international postage! no dead trees!), but many … Continue reading

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Violence is endangering Thai schools

Human Rights Watch (HRW), the New York-based rights group, has warned that unrest in Thailand’s southern provinces was severely endangering the education system. Schools in southern Thailand have previously been targeted by separatist fighters, who view the system as a … Continue reading

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