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?

Teachers: Use Unbelievably Easy Methods to Gain Interest and Grab Attention

The previous post emphasised how EFL / ESL teachers have to gain student interest for information processing to take place. If not, the raindrops on the window will be the memories students create during an English language lesson. Also mentioned were three necessary components that need to be taken into consideration: attention, meaning and emotion. … Continue reading Teachers: Use Unbelievably Easy Methods to Gain Interest and Grab Attention

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?

Is English Preventing English Language Students From Progressing?

Language is layered and complex and for those who have specific language learning difficulties acquiring English as a second or foreign language is more challenging than we often realise. A previous post has dealt with some of the reasons why students may not be progressing as quickly as teachers may think they should. Still, before … Continue reading Is English Preventing English Language Students From Progressing?

Is Lack of Native Linguistic Proficiency Causing Second Language Struggles?

If ESL EFL students have not become fully competent in one of the language skills of their L1, it could very well be affecting the way and speed at which they will acquire their second or foreign language.