Idiomatic language… isn’t it the most fascinating part of the English lexis? Something that gives colour, taste and texture to one’s speech or writing? (not sure I can use “texture”, though, but let it be) =) So let’s dive into it… Read More »How to notice lexical chunks: idioms, catchphrases, sayings and phrasal verbs
When you’re reading a text or listening to something/ someone, do you pay attention to words or phrases? And what about your vocab notebooks, do they contain words or phrases? Not once have I asked my students to highlight some interesting/ useful… Read More »How to notice lexical chunks: collocations
Here I want to share with you a type of activity that makes you repeat things but in quite an entertaining way =) The activity may be called … bubbles/ shapes/ circles, e.g. Preposition bubbles or Perfect circles. The idea is… Read More »Shapes of You – Guessing Games to Practise Grammar or Lexical Chunks
As I’m taking part in #languageadvent2022 (24 gifts for your language till 24th of December) on VK, I come across tons of interesting resources. So far the most precious, I think, has been a series of channels for different languages called Easy…… Read More »How to learn to understand native speech?
Several years ago, maybe five or more, I was strictly against using Translators. I had a couple of good reasons for that: 1) they made people lazy, 2) they gave bad translations. At university I was taught to use a… Read More »Should you use Translators in your language learning?
November is one of the hardest months of the year for me (together with March). It’s dark. The weather is usually gloomy. The days are getting shorter. And there are viruses going around… This November wasn’t very different except for… Read More »November’22 – Lots of Writing, Some Marketing and Maths
This is to continue on the topic about learning from articles (the algorithm, a discussion task). This is the article in question: From Tamagotchi to Nintendogs: Why People Love Digital Pets The article exemplifies the points I made in my… Read More »Let’s read an article together!
To continue on the topic of improving reading skills by reading articles, I’d like to share some resources I use for myself and my students. And let’s say that by articles I mean longer reads written by professional journalists, and… Read More »And where to find those nice articles to read?..