Teachers! Stop Yourselves and Your Students From Feeling Like This

English language students staring back at you with blank faces when you mention previously 'taught' material doesn't give you the best feeling for the rest of your well-planned lesson. According to your class register, these students were definitely present in physical form last week. Apparently, their thoughts were elsewhere. Perhaps they were daydreaming about skydiving … Continue reading Teachers! Stop Yourselves and Your Students From Feeling Like This

Teachers: Are you using this simple, effective grammar technique?

There are various ways of presenting English grammar. If students aren't responding to the techniques used, teachers perhaps need to think, let's simplify it. There are 12 major verb tenses in the English language (always under discussion). And they can be confusing to learn and their names difficult to remember. I remember one of my … Continue reading Teachers: Are you using this simple, effective grammar technique?

Are Emotional Problems Causing Foreign Language Learning Difficulties?

 Affective factors: ANXIETY ESL or EFL Teachers or professionals in this field, did you know students encountering difficulties with learning a foreign language experience high levels of anxiety? This is especially true for those with a history of foreign language learning difficulties for instance, students whose learning experience has been negative and who have suffered … Continue reading Are Emotional Problems Causing Foreign Language Learning Difficulties?

Language Aptitude: Do you have it?

There is the idea that some students may possess an 'aptitude for learning languages'. The idea of the existence of a 'language learning aptitude' does not mean an individual can or cannot learn a foreign language. It is assumed that most people, who do not have specific language disabilities, can learn a language if they … Continue reading Language Aptitude: Do you have it?