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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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Coursebooks: Jack of all trades, master of none

Tool 1: A good teacher cannot be fixed in a routine…During teaching, each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting… (Bruce Lee, kung fu practitioner and film star) Teaching is an art as Stenhouse (1988) in...

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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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Preparing learners for exams: the problem with listening

Fear of listening Listening appears to be the most feared component of language exams: learners invariably complain that “the listening was difficult,” teachers seem to worry about the listening subtest more than anything else, examination bodies are often asked to explain...

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Feedback to English learners: Why, when and how

We learn by doing. More specifically, we learn by being taught, then practicing a skill or concept, receiving feedback on our progress to correct errors and reinforce what we are doing well, and finally continuing on our own once we...

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