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Evolution of the Alphabet – Free Download

How did the letters of the English Alphabet come to be? Download this Evolution of the Alphabet chart for free: Source: https://usefulcharts.com/blogs/charts/evolution-of-the-english-alphabet And while you’re at it, check out this video on the history...

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The Value of Immersion

There’s no doubt about it, language immersion is effective in learning a second language. It is used extensively in the school systems in Canada and has been quite successful. What makes immersion in school...

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Communication is more than words

Verbal communication is just one aspect of human communication. Paraverbal, nonverbal and extraverbal communication channels are central to interpersonal interaction. What cannot be communicated through words alone can be readily understood when supported by paraverbal (or...

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Concept Mapping in ESL

If anyone has followed my thoughts on teaching English as a second language, they know that I believe that teaching with written materials, especially in the early stages of learning, is detrimental to the...

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Colorless green ideas sleep furiously

How important is grammar? Here’s a famous sentence that is completely correct grammatically, but that makes absolutely no sense. It illustrates in a very simple way how grammar is not nearly as important as...

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Writing Interferes with Learning

If you go into any traditional English however, you see the teacher writing out sentences on their whiteboards, referring students to textbooks and giving them written handouts and written assignments. You’ll see the students...

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Is It a Baa or Faa?

Why are we so insistent on using video in the All English courses? When we learn a language we think we are just learning sounds, but in fact communication is so much more. Previously, I’ve discussed...