Category Archives: Vocabulary

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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Disappointed

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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A flood of conversation

If you need your students to practise speaking about a specific topic, here’s a simple idea you may use in class. Let’s say you want your learners to talk about natural disasters. What a great topic to start the new … Continue reading

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The ‘shush’ tweak and lexical priming

Did I tell you how much I love the define-and-guess-the-word activities with the ‘shush’ tweak? The tweak lies in the rule that whenever a student guesses the word (or an expression, idiom, picture, movie, etc.), they are never allowed to … Continue reading

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Everyone is a genius.

I must admit that the older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity and spontaneity in language teaching. It makes me very happy when a beautiful, meaningful lesson grows out of something seemingly trivial or when an impromptu action leads to something … Continue reading

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A lion or a squirrel?

When I think of dogme, what first springs to mind is the type of teaching where, ideally, all the resources and the content of the lesson are provided by the students. Although I’m by no means a pure Dogmetist, I … Continue reading

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C’mon, let’s speak

In this post, I’d like to share a couple of speaking activities I recently tried out with some of my classes. I believe that the activities are worth sharing because they generated a lot of genuine conversation as well as … Continue reading

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