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Marie Lan-Nguyen [CC BY 2.0],
wowser [CC BY-BC 2.0] on Flickr
Dec 26, 2016
Dec 10, 2016
One of my students showed her vocabulary (and grammar) notebook to her private tutor, who was surprised at the way new vocabulary was recorded in it. The student then conveyed the tutor's concerns to me, for example, that "pack in" doesn't have to go necessarily with the job (I'd taught the group "she's packed in her job"). She said, "it means 'finish' or 'give up'". I agreed. But where does it get you? If "pack in" can be substituted for "finish" or one of the other alleged synonyms (alleged because no two or more words are ever absolute synonyms - see HERE), can we say "I've packed in my homework"?
Oct 11, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
Photo by Marc Nozell via Flickr
Jul 12, 2016
A report from the International ETAI Conference "Engage Enhance Energize" which took place in Ashkelon, Israel, between 4 and 6 July 2016
When Naomi Epstein asked everyone who was planning to attend and present at ETAI 2014 Summer conference to sum up their teaching career and life in seven words, I wrote “Let’s put the L back in ELT” as my 7-word bio. Nobody seemed to mind or make a big deal. This is unlike LexicalLab's similar-sounding strap-line "Putting the Language back into Language Teaching" which has drawn criticism from some who found it arrogant and insulting.
May 14, 2016
I'm a ________ (1) teacher of English (what has recently become a bad word has been blanked out as to not offend anyone). As readers may have gathered from the content of this blog, I love language. I’m also a language learner. I’ve spent all my teaching and training career improving my knowledge of English and honing my understanding of how it works. Especially since I started teaching more lexically, I’ve been paying more attention to how words combine into patterns and how vocabulary interacts with grammar to create meaning.
Feb 20, 2016
|"All chunks and no pineapple?"|
Image by Andrew Malone via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
Jan 31, 2016
The third person singular of the Present Simple tense is known to be particularly problematic for learners and when the "Be Like Bill" meme took social media by storm last week, I thought that it presents a wonderful opportunity to practise the problematic structure.
BackgroundIf you don't know Be Like Bill, it works something like this: you see in your feed an image one of your Facebook friends has posted which looks like this.
Jan 7, 2016
Activities for reviewing lexis from News Quiz 2015
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Here's the promised follow up to the end-of-year news quiz: five pages of lexis-focused activities aimed at reviewing and consolidating language from the quiz. If you haven't seen the news quiz, click HERE.
You can preview the activities below or download them in Word format and edit/adapt them as you wish. The key (answers) follows below.
Update: Vocabulary from the quiz on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_1x0vbs