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Grammar byte: What’s a determiner?

Determiners are words that express information about a noun such as definiteness, proximity, relationships and quantity. They typically come before nouns. They are different than adverbs, which describe the qualities of a nouns. They...

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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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MovieTalk for Comprehensible Input

Movie Talk is a term that refers to using video as a opportunity for the teacher to provide comprehensible input. The input does not come from the movie itself, but from the teacher’s commentary....

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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...