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We've all been there before, as a student or as the teacher: the teacher finishes talking about a topic and then "broadcasts" a question to the whole group. What happens next? Often, nothing. Nada. Crickets. A whole herd of deer in headlights. And then after that initial uncomfortable time-span, what then? Usually anywhere from two to five students raise their hands to participate. The others just sit there. Are these other students thinking about the topic, but just n
If you're an English Language Learner you already know how difficult learning the English language may be, so welcome to part three of six in this series. Speaking from experience, it's in our best interest to improve our communication skills when it comes to writing and speaking, so therefore the focus of this six-part series is centered on the parts of speech.
Listening in the foreign language is the most difficult skill for most learners. Here are some suggestions for improving those listening skills, and recommendations for foreign language learning programs.
Why don't students understand when faced with a listening comprehension task? Larry Lynch suggests seven possible factors...
Most students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The problem comes down to two main points. The first stems from the fact that the pace, choice of vocabulary, phrases, and grammar, and the inflection or intonation is completely determined by the speaker. The listener has only one chance to catch the meaning of a word or phrase. Comparisons can be made with reading, because the writer similarly determin
Mastery of English as a second or foreign language (ESL or EFL) comes down to how well a student speaks. He may write well, for example, get high marks on tests, or even have an accent nearly identical to a native speaker; but if he can't express ideas, opinions, or instructions clearly in a conversation, few would call him proficient. Language is for communication after all, and that primarily means speaking.