Category Archives: English First Language

My teen-tutoring dos and don’ts

If, like me, you’ve spent most of your tutorhood teaching high school pupils, there were probably a few times you were faced with a blank stare, a look of despair, an icy air.

Just the other day, I was met with a garbled answer and a sweaty frown to a straightforward CCQ (concept checking question) whilst teaching modal verb usage in Afrikaans. Holy whippets! What went wrong?

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“You could of avoided all those mistakes”: why you should never stop learning English.

EdukationI was recently pondering – is it only foreign-language speakers who are interested in learning English and / or improving their language skills?

I have realised now that my question, really, is: Is it only foreign-language speakers who need to?

It’s becoming drastically obvious to me how many native speakers make errors, and to what degree the nature of these errors affects their ability to communicate meaning coherently.

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