Muscle Memory

Originally posted on janecronin:
There is a language teaching method called “Total Physical Response” which requires students to respond physically to instructions.  I’ve never quite seen how this can go very far beyond “stand up” “sit down” and “open your book” in adult classes, although it is basic to teaching small children who are happy…

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How Bad is your Memory?

Originally posted on janecronin:
Before I go any further, mine is appalling.  Like a lot of people, I sometimes wonder whether I am at the early stages of Alzheimer´s, I get embarrassed because I forget someone’s name or something important they have told me and my speed of recall would automatically disqualify me from any…

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Do you use a vocabulary notebook?

 Click above to watch If not, why not start soon?  Using a vocabulary notebook is a great way to learn, practise and memorise new words.  Be more autonomous in your language learning and start an alphabetic vocabulary book. Watch this short video clip, and then start keeping a vocabulary diary.  Whether you are studying for … Continue reading

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Football and English language learning

Learn English with this free football smartphone app! Cambridge English FC is for students at levels B2–C1, suitable for Cambridge English: First, First for Schools and Advanced (CAE).  Learning English is now even more fun if you like football, the world’s favourite game.  This FREE app is for the English language game – Cambridge English FC  Answer … Continue reading

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Hurry! Free IELTS study materials

Cambridge ESOL are offering free Language for IELTS learning materials online until the end of March 2016 with a platform called Cerego.  Using this, you can learn, use and remember vocabulary for your IELTS test or academic study on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The free adaptive learning system tells you exactly what you need … Continue reading

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Los números de 2015

Aquí tenemos unas estadísticas interesantes sobre el año 2015 de este modesto blog, originalmente diseñado meramente para ayudar a mis alumnos actuales de inglés aquí en España. No obstante, ya lo han visto en casi cien países, según escribieron. Aquí hay un pequeño extracto: ¡Eso es un total de 97 países! Países principales: España, Estados … Continue reading

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Spelling is important

One of the foundations of good English is learning how to spell words correctly, especially the basics and those which you use regularly – at work or for your studies, for example. Remember, it is not always possible to use an automatic spelling checker – especially in examinations! Some words below are the most common … Continue reading

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Telephone English for busy people

Here is an amusing and slightly irreverent ‘conversation’ (watch it and see why that’s in single quotation marks!) with some good ideas for telephone English for busy people : There is also a transcript below and on the page you can click to.  Many thanks to Vicki Hollett for her kind permission to share this … Continue reading

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