If you are thinking about - or are already - studying a foreign language, here are two vital tips that you should know in order to get the most out of your study time.
Most of the emails I receive about my language manual ask what level of knowledge will be obtained following the plan outlined. This is like saying to a world class golfer what level can be reached if you follow his/ her instructions. Think about your native language. What level of knowledge are you at?
HUNCH, KNACK and GUMPTION
We have lost the gift for being curious. And inventing our ad hoc curiosities while studying a foreign language is a rewarding but exacting task.
Recently the field of Pragmatics has received a great deal of attention. It has been described as a key part of communicative competence, as the defining difference between natural and unnatural sounding language, and even as the way in which we communicate real meaning in real situations. Many teachers and authors believe it should hold a central role in any language teaching curriculum. However, in this paper we try to answer the question of what exactly is pragmatics?, is it actually teachable?
For a moment, let's forget about any foreign language you may be learning; I would like to ask you a question, and I want you to give an immediate answer in your own mother tongue.
English is the most difficult language to learn, read her `why` and `what` to do about it.
You're probably asking this question because you are already or soon plan to be an EFL teacher. This means that you probably like working with people, that you prefer variety to routine, and that you are don't mind taking calculated risks.
This article mentions some of the ways to use quotation in teaching English as a foreign language in a classroom.
To put this article in perspective, I should mention that I write a lot of harsh articles about the counter-productive practices used in public education. A few weeks ago I wondered: well, is there any good news? Let’s approach this thing from the other direction and ask: are there still classrooms that are sensibly conducted; are there still subjects that are taught in an intelligent way?
My father came over to this country sixty- five years ago not speaking a word of English with barely a penny in his pocket with the clothes he was wearing for the journey and a spare pair of socks. Being a tailor by trade he was soon working in an all immigrant clothes factory where no one spoke native English and...