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To understand what young people think, speak their language
At times, it can feel like adults are speaking a completely different language when talking to young people.
The learners that publishers forgot
While there are a handful of dedicated ESOL resources, most coursebooks are for EFL, and there’s nothing that really hits the spot.
Extreme Language Teaching
A new site will provide adventure, sci-fi and horror materials for English Language Teachers.
Words, books, dictionaries and language
Evidence Rebuts Chomsky’s Theory of Language Learning
The new research shows that young children use various types of thinking that may not be specific to language at all—such as the ability to classify the world into categories (people or objects, for instance) and to understand the relations among things.
Translating Montreal: Where Blueberries Are Not Myrtilles
Last time I was in Paris, two men travelling on my train got into a fight when one dared address the other using tu. A face was slapped. A beret was knocked askew.
One of the most difficult words to translate
As simple as it seems, it’s often impossible to accurately translate the word you without knowing a lot more about the situation where it’s being said.