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15.01.2018
poniedziałek

How Qualified is Your Teacher?

15 stycznia 2018, poniedziałek,

In the age of the Internet any person can pop on a backpack and go to another country and eventually find the odd client here or there willing to pay money for conversation with a native speaker of any number of languages. But make no mistake about it. If you wish to have gainful employment at any reputable firm that’s worth its salt, you will have to have qualifications. Language learners and parents of students BEWARE! If you would like to make sure that your child is in good hands then check to see if their teacher has the relevant, universally recognized qualifications. For the purposes of this blog I will not be writing about work experience. Having 20 years teaching experience may or may not make someone a good teacher. That is an interesting topic for another blog.

© Mat Wright, British Council

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8.01.2018
poniedziałek

How Has English Changed in Recent Years?

8 stycznia 2018, poniedziałek,

Languages are alive – figuratively speaking that is.  However they do seem to exhibit similar qualities to many of Earth’s other living organisms. Languages have parents, have off-spring, have cousins, distant and close. Languages move, even across continents. They grow, and sadly even die.  It should therefore be of no surprise to you that languages go through a lot of changes as they grow.  If we look back at English over time you can see how people spoke differently even 70 years ago on recordings and in film.  Written literature, for example Shakespeare, demonstrates how dramatically English has changed in the last 400 years.  Go back another 400 hundred and English becomes incomprehensible.

© Mat Wright, British Council

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18.12.2017
poniedziałek

A Very British Christmas

18 grudnia 2017, poniedziałek,

Learning a language is very closely connected to learning about the cultural aspects of the home country of that particular language. When I was learning Italian I had to learn about La Biffana – a witch who delivered sweets to children for Epiphany (Jan. 6th) I couldn’t consider myself a Polish speaker if I didn’t know the word ‘choinka’ – Christmas tree.  Similarly, imagine learning English without understanding the meaning and cultural context of ‘Trick-or-Treat!’

Knowing words and being able to describe cultural practices go hand in hand with knowing the language itself.  Christmas as a holiday in Britain is rich with vocabulary and tradition and it is heavily intertwined with life in late December in the UK.  We are going to explore some cultural practices and vocabulary associated with British Christmas so here we go! HO HO HO!

Trafalgar Square, Author: Diliff, Published under CC BY-SA 3.0, source: https://commons.wikimedia.org

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12.12.2017
wtorek

Does singing English songs help you to learn English?

12 grudnia 2017, wtorek,

Most English teachers really enjoy using songs in their lessons. Like film clips, they are an excellent source of what we refer to in TEFL as, ‘natural English’ or REALIA – language not intended for learners. The language of songs has not been simplified or graded to a specific level.  It is English in its most raw and pure state. I use plenty of songs in my lessons as well but I usually like to kick things off with a discussion beforehand about the benefits and drawbacks of using English songs to help us learn the language. Yes there are even some drawbacks or caveats when using English songs in class. Let’s look at the subject in greater detail.

 

Published under CC0 License. Source: pixabay.com

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