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Mar 2015

‘Schwa’ – unstressed syllables

Before I was taught how to teach English, by Oxbridge TEFL, I had no idea that the word “schwa” existed. Today, I’m writing about the ‘schwa’, which isn’t (incidentally) about the pronunciation of words such as ‘Schwartz’ and ‘Schwarzkopf’…it’s about pronouncing a sound, a sound that features a lot in the English language but, not in any other language. The schwa ([ə]) is typical in…

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10

Mar 2015

False Friend

For anyone who’s never taught English or taken an advanced English course, you could be forgiven for assuming that a ‘false friend’ is someone who pretends to like you when they don’t. However, a false friend is in fact a word or phrase in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning.  I’ve listed below some…

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06

Mar 2015

Tiers for fears & choosing words to teach

Any conscientious teacher knows that choosing words to teach is not as easy as it seems.  Sure you can deal out words left, right & center.  However, would your students understand, grow & be empowered?  Fortunately, there is a nifty little 3 tier model that helps teachers enable their students to broaden their language capacity.   Examples: come, hear, happy, bed The first tier refers to…

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Feb 2015

Teaching new vocabulary: 7 fail-safe strategies

If teaching grammar forms the frame for language acquisition, teaching new vocabulary provides students with the building blocks. It is therefore the teacher’s responsibility to bring home the value of these building blocks by presenting them in perspective - that is, in a way that is relevant and useful for the students. In order to do this, educators can use the following 3 broad categories for teaching new vocabulary.  …

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TEFL teacher: What does it take to become one?

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Feb 2015

TEFL teacher: What does it take to become one?

For those already familiar with the term ‘TEFL’ (an explanation of the various terms can be found here) you will know that it means teaching English as a foreign language but, what does this actually entail, other than the obvious. It would be a common misconception to think that teaching English to foreigners is totally different to teaching English in a school in the UK…

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Jan 2012

Pretty….

Pretty has many different meaning depending on how it is used. Adjective Adverb Verb Noun Adverb: as an Adverb it means moderately or fairly His work was pretty good Adjective: as an adjective pretty means attractive She is really pretty The flowers are really pretty Verb: to make pretty or attractive She prettied up the room Click here to watch the video and see if…

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24

Nov 2011

Spain’s Lost Babies

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Hf-woEDeg How much are children worth to you – especially your own child?! In recent news….. Spanish society has been shaken by allegations of theft of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, which started under Franco and continued up the 1990′s. More then 900 cases are being investigated but new cases are still coming to light – lawyers say that the total could…

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Nov 2011

Who is your Hero or Heroine?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGt5iiEsThk What is a Hero or Heroine and what is the definition? A hero or heroine is…….“A man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities” or “A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal“.



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