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The ‘myth’ of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different from those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated...

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Do you want to sound like a native speaker? Here are easy ways to improve your pronunciation so people will be able to understand you more easily!   1) Use the internet and "open" your ears to Youtube & Podcast Pronunciation Google Youtube pronunciation videos . There are a lot of very helpful, well-done youtube channels that focus on...

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  Are the Dutch now native speakers of English, and is Dutch-English a distinctive thing? Deborah Nicholls-Lee meets linguistics expert Alison Edwards to find some answers. English is no longer a foreign language in the Netherlands, asserts Leiden University’s Alison Edwards, who has published widely on the subject. ‘If you can assume that you can walk...

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Στον τομέα της εκμάθησης ξένων γλωσσών, οι παρατηρούμενες ατομικές διαφορές έχουν προσφέρει έδαφος για θεωρητικές συζητήσεις και έρευνες αφ’ ενός πάνω στην ύπαρξη ή όχι ενός ταλέντου για ξένες γλώσσες (Grigorenko, Sternberg & Ehrman, 2000. Dörnyei & Skehan, 2003) και αφ’ ετέρου για την ύπαρξη μιας ειδικής μαθησιακής δυσκολίας στις ξένες γλώσσες...

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Have you ever walked into a classroom expecting students to be prepared and begin learning and instead found them looking at you like you are an alien from another planet for even expecting their rapt attention? Unfortunately, low expectations have become the norm for both teachers and students. Many teachers do not want to fight against the expectations...

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Whiteboards Improve Teaching

Getting Attention 1. Grab student attention with interactive whiteboard technology. Students come to a classroom having spent most of their out-of-school time surrounded by the wonders of technology.   In order to compete with the outside world, schools must embrace all forms of...

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English Language Games for the Classroom

By Jet Hiensch, Portugal Jet Hiensch, Dutch teacher of English as a foreign language, living in Portugal, develops English language games for in the classroom. All her games are focused on the oral skills. Her slogan is: Let’s get those kids...

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Gamified Activities for Young Learners

Educators are aware that one of the main aims of teaching should be to involve all students in a classroom all the time and make them active learners who follow the lesson and the teacher, build on what they learn...

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Dyslexia in the English classroom: What are the most striking signs and what useful tips can teachers use?

Learning difficulties is a term that has invaded our lives and our L2 classrooms to a great extent since over the last years we encounter such cases daily. Are learning difficulties highly affecting our teaching efforts and what learning problems...

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