Attention! Do Your Teaching Methods Pass The Long-Term Memory Check List?

Unfortunately, long-term semantic memory is known to have the weakest retrieval system. Therefore, ESL EFL teachers have to make sure many neurological paths and connections are made and developed so English language students can store subject matter securely and retrieve information easily.

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?

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?

Teachers: How Many Ways Can You Write The Sound /sh/?

How many ways can you represent the sound /sh/ in written form. When students seem to be struggling or progressing slowly, perhaps check the depth or transparency of the target language.

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.