Category Archives: Linguistic issues

Teaching by principles

With some extra time on my hands, I’ve been re-reading a publication I once needed for my MA studies called Teaching by Principles by Douglas Brown (3rd edition), which, as the blurb states, offers a comprehensive survey of practical language … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Successful Language Instruction

Throughout 2016, I’ve read a lot about how much the current ELT practice flies in the face of SLA research findings. I usually dismiss these assumptions straight away – probably because personally, I’ve never felt too guilty as an ELT … Continue reading

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Uncovering linguistic layers

From time to time a student composing an essay asks: “Shall I write in the street or on the street?”  As I don’t want to disturb the others by long lectures on prepositions, I usually say: “You can use both. Just … Continue reading

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Apparently, my blog has recently turned into a diary where I’ve been recording and sharing some of my corpora-related observations. Here’s another anecdote in the series of posts: Yesterday, in class, we dealt with adjectives of feeling and emotions and … Continue reading

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The precious language outcome

Like every weekend this school year, I’m busy correcting a set of my students’ written assignments right now. When planning the senior class course back in August, I thought it would be a good idea to have the students write … Continue reading

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Go light!

Everybody would probably agree that material light or material free lessons often turn out to be the best ones. I don’t know why it is so but I suspect that the feeling of not being pressed by the material one has … Continue reading

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The real level of language proficiency

Every teacher would probably agree that the classroom should be a safe environment free of stress and anxiety. A lot has been written about ways of minimizing stress that interferes with learning. However, I believe that our attempts to keep stress at … Continue reading

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Dictation – yes/no/why/how?

The other day I read Scott Thornbury’s post D is for Dictation. Following the example set by the author, I decided to ponder the value of this popular classroom activity. There must be something magical about dictation because it was one of … Continue reading

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Intermediate plateau – everyday struggles

As a language teacher I often deal with problems other subject teachers can easily ignore. Some of these problems are easy to handle, others are quite persistent. One of my greatest concerns at the moment is the difficulty a group … Continue reading

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A perfect match

I think it’s great if you are able to share your office with a colleague. Not only do you have someone to cheer you up when you’re sad or feel lonely, but this someone is also the quickest source of … Continue reading

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