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As an adult English language Learner, one of the greatest teaching tools my teachers used in helping me understand the language was with the use of examples. In this article I'd like to share the reasons examples are used and the benefits examples provide when learning the English Language.
English language learning around the world is evolving in surprising and sometimes alarming ways. A few decades ago, the language learning process was either moderated by native speakers (NS) of English or proactively initiated by second language learners who travel to English-speaking countries to study and become proficient in the language. In many language encounters, English translators were also in high demand to facilitate a clearer communication between pe
In the present study, the way of deploying one of the most important kinds of references -deixis, and its major types and subtypes and also the effect of cultural differences between English and Persian languages on using them, was explored by employing the contrastive procedure. Three types of comparisons were made: (a) an original English novel written by a native speaker of English was compared with an original Persian novel written by an Iranian writer (as a non-native of English), (b) another original English novel written by a native speaker of English was compared with its translation i
It's a well-known fact that adult learners of languages have a much more difficult time of it than children do, for the simple reason that children's brains are far more malleable when it comes to language learning. In fact somewhere after the age of eleven, the native-language learning centre of the brain gets...
If you have a foreign accent, you probably have a love/hate relationship with it. On one hand, you know that your accent is a part of who you are and points back to your country of origin, a place you likely have fond memories of. On the other hand, your accent can cause you to stand out, and some people have a difficult time understanding you when you speak if your accent is quite heavy.
When I was about to embark on my first teaching assignment in Asia, a colleague with lots of overseas teaching experience there told me to take lots of lesson material. When I asked why, he said, "Because Asian students don't ask questions". In Canada, the US or other Western country it is normal to have a question and answer period at the end of a lesson. In Asia, forget it!