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Communicative Language Teaching – Pt 5

“There has been a change of emphasis from presenting language as a set of forms which have to be learned and practiced, to presenting language as a functional system…” Tarone and Yule: Focus on the Language Learner Approaches to Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners

(Oxford University Press – 1989)

Those words were published almost 40 years ago but their implementation has come at the pace of a slow moving glacier.

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Why use a recognition certificate?

Award certificate template A recognition certificate is a great way to stimulate engagement . To reward your students with something tangible they can show their parents and hang on their wall is a strategic way to build higher expectations in your students. The...

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Communicative Language Teaching – Pt 2

If a student learns something irrelevant from a textbook – like the ‘fascinating’ story of something that happened in New York city 5 years ago – ‘fascinating’ to the textbook’s author but completely irrelevant to the language student in Bangalore, India, the student won’t repeat the story. He won’t use the information, the data, the stuff of substance in the story. Relevance equals usefulness.

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Teaching English: Escaping Education’s death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. How does this apply to teaching English? You decide.

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Communicative Language Teaching – Pt 1

Or Communicative language learning? What is it? How can it improve outcomes? This  article analyses the ten core assumptions of current Communicative Language Teaching highlighted in a booklet entitled Communicative Language Teaching and authored by Jack C. Richards. His points are highlighted in bold print.

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2 Billion by 2020

With China’s growing economic might, is Mandarin becoming the preferred language of business? Not anytime soon, says a newly released study. Instead, English will maintain and grow its dominance, moving from “a marker of the elite” in years past to “a basic skill needed for the entire workforce, in the same way that literacy has been transformed in the last two centuries from an elite privilege into a basic requirement for informed citizenship.”

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