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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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Thoughts on Preparing Candidates for the Cambridge English Exams Speaking and Writing Papers

We are three months from the next exam and nine months from the one after that. I am often asked by teachers given the proximity of exam day what the right balance between exam practice and general language and skills...

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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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The Cognitive Aspects of Writing

Paragraphing: It is important to avoid too much eye strain. A piece of writing has to be interesting to attract the reader to new pieces of information. A good paragraph is achieved when a topic sentence is intelligently chosen; the knowledge...

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Πώς να αντιμετωπίσετε την κοινωνική φοβία

Μήπως το ενδεχόμενο να μιλήσετε μπροστά σε κοινό σας αγχώνει δραματικά και σας δημιουργεί σωματικά συμπτώματα; Μήπως εξαιτίας αυτού του φόβου αποφεύγετε κοινωνικές καταστάσεις, επειδή πιστεύετε ότι οι άλλοι θα σας κρίνουν αρνητικά και θα γίνετε ρεζίλι; Τότε ίσως να...

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