Рубрика: Teaching English as a second or foreign language

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5 no-prep tasks for any listening activity

5 no-prep tasks for any listening activity

Listening seems to be one of the most challenging skills for our students to master. Books are usually packed with tons of listening tasks which usually are presented in the form of “True/False” statements, answering some questions or choosing an option in a multiple-choice task. However, when we find some material to our students’ liking,...

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Summertime

Summertime

In this lesson, students share their summer experiences and make plans for the rest of the season. They learn some idioms and go on a virtual tour. Age: 18+ Level: Intermediate Time: 50 mins Lesson type: Speaking and vocabulary Number of students: 1-8 Materials: a worksheet Summertime (a worksheet) Summertime (teacher’s notes) Юлия Белоног

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Is reading aloud still legal?

Is reading aloud still legal?

Reading aloud has recently been stigmatized in modern classrooms. The reasons are simple: we don’t read aloud that much in real life, it doesn’t improve speaking skills, it’s far from being communicative.  Sounds reasonable, you might say. However, reading aloud still has its benefits, especially while teaching teens and adults. First, it links written and...

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Learning Vocabulary in Another Language by Paul Nation

Learning Vocabulary in Another Language by Paul Nation

Vocabulary learning is one of the most challenging aspects of foreign language acquisition. There is a wealth of theories and techniques which foster better acquisition and assimilation of the vocabulary items. In this article, we will touch upon the principles of vocabulary learning suggested by Paul Nation, an American-New Zealander leading language teaching methodology and...

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Listening section of the TOEFL

Listening section of the TOEFL

The TOEFL® test is designed to measure the level of English language of non-native English speakers. It assesses four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.  In this article, I’ll cover the Listening section. General information Listening section exercises are delivered by audio recordings with pictures on the computer screen clarifying the context and the number...

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Critical period hypothesis

Critical period hypothesis

What is it? The critical period hypothesis (CPH) states that language acquisition is linked to age. “The critical period hypothesis was first proposed by Montreal neurologist Wilder Penfield and co-author Lamar Roberts in their 1959 book Speech and Brain Mechanisms, and was popularized by Eric Lenneberg in 1967 with Biological Foundations of Language”. © Wikipedia...

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