Category Archives: Teaching methodology

“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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Does meta matter?

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I have a confession. Until two weeks ago, I didn’t know what a comma splice was. I quickly recognised that I knew the error behind it, I just didn’t know that it had a name.

Did I feel this impeded my ability to identify and correct said mistake? No. Did I feel just a teensy bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t know what it was called? Yup.

But I’m a language professional. That’s why I felt, dare I say, ashamed at the notion of not knowing this marvellous little bit of metalanguage.

But in the world of ELT, the question of whether metalanguage should be used in the classroom remains controversial and highly contested.

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To sing or not to sing?: Using songs in the English classroom

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I have always found the subject of using songs in the classroom a controversial one. Many teachers I have worked with wouldn’t touch them. Others took their guitars into class with them on a regular basis.

Below is my take on the matter, with some lesson ideas and useful websites to inspire other teachers to at least give it a shot.

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