TEFL theory

A look at some of the theoretical and practical issues in English language learning and teaching, including the difference between language learning and acquisition and whether or not it’s important to teach grammar.

English Language Testing

A guide to testing english language students

When we train as English language teachers, testing is often one of the parts of the job that doesn’t get much attention. So here’s a guide to how, why and when we test our students, and how to do it well.

Language Acquisition vs Language Learning

Language Acquisition vs Language Learning

In order to acquire language, learners need a source of natural communication. Unfortunately, with adult students, a quick look at current methodologies clearly shows that communication is set aside, neglected or even disregarded.

Is Grammar Really Important for a Second Language Learner?

Grammar Teaching: Implicit or Explicit?

Should we be teaching grammar implicitly, in context and communicatively, or explicitly, with rules-based grammar lessons? Or is a combination of the two the most effective way?

What Is Standard English?

What Is Standard English?

With the rise of Internet technologies and an ever growing global economy, does anyone actually speak a pure form of their own English anymore?

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