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Teaching Speaking at B2 Level

Read more ...It has been argued – with good reason one might add – that of all four skills involved in foreign language learning, the hardest to achieve yet the most rewarding is speaking the language in question. Being an FL student myself this year, taking my B2 exams in Spanish shortly, I’ve put my self in my students’ shoes and gained some empathy as to why the...

Register transfer: Sadly, a skill no longer required by exam boards

Read more ...  One of the criteria used by examiners when marking the writing paper in examinations is the so called “register transfer” i.e. whether a candidate’s answer is written in the appropriate style, if it has the right degree of formality or informality or even whether it is too personal, or not personal enough. The fact that most, if not all, C2-level...

The Best Thing You Can Do for Reading Fluency

Read more ...Choppy, hesitant reading got you down? Does your child’s lack of fluency affect her comprehension? There is a simple trick that you can apply to your child’s reading practice to accelerate his reading fluency. It’s called “rereading”, or sometimes “repeated reading”.  Academic studies and anecdotal evidence from reading professionals and parents...

The Benefits Of Using Technology In Learning

Read more ...While technology opens new horizons for education at home, adapting to this is more challenging. What are the pros and cons of remote teaching technology?   Education is one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 lockdown with social distancing measures meaning schools could be closed for the foreseeable future.  However, thanks to...

The Science of Reading

Read more ...Does reading really matter that much now that we’re in the digital age? Yes! In fact, in the digital age, when we encounter so many different texts and messages every day, our critical and analytical abilities may even matter more than ever. Without a rich vocabulary and background knowledge that we can apply and utilize, we will get tripped up in the...

10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

Read more ...Many of us can recall instances in our lives where we found ourselves idly sitting in a classroom, eyes glazed over, half listening to our teacher as they lectured in front of the room. These scenes are all too familiar in today’s schools, as the traditional model of learning has primarily revolved around a teacher-centered classroom, where instructors...

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