Category Archives: Linguistic issues

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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Mistakes – a different perspective

If you’ve ever watched a world championship in figure skating, you know that there are two types of performers; the good ones, who do very well but finally end up without medals. Then there’s the second group; those who are stunning … Continue reading

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Nature and nurture

  On one of those idle days I’ve been recently enjoying to the fullest, I came across an article about a Czech politician who had suffered a stroke. This, as it usually happens, resulted in his inability to move one … Continue reading

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