Read more ...Back in November we contacted a number of teachers, teacher trainers, oral examiners etc. and asked them to write about this thorny issue. When we received the articles we found out that most of them dealt with the Speaking Part of Tests. “I can understand my teacher’s English, but when I speak to ‘real people’ I can’t understand them”. Have you heard this...

Read more ...    The TOEFL Program at ETS is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 TOEFL English Language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program.   The purpose of the grant program is to enable practitioners to become involved in ETS's efforts to promote English language learning, and to support education and professional...

Read more ...  Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. Who Recognises OET? OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and...

Read more ...  From recent and frequent reports on the difficulties facing teachers: from recruitment, workload and pressure to demonstrate results, it could seem that the teaching profession is in a crisis – but is that really the case? Everyone has their own story to tell and we’d like to hear yours. Tell us what it’s really like to be a teacher in the 21st century...

Read more ...    The IELTS partners (British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English) are pleased to invite applications for funding to undertake research in relation to IELTS. Research projects will be funded to a maximum of £45,000/AUS$70,000 and can last between one and two years, as appropriate to the scope of the research.   Research...

Read more ... It is a truth that Greece has been an immigrant receiving country for more than two decades. Thus, there is a growing number of people with different cultural and linguistic background and the Greek schools are characterized with a vast amount of students with migration profile. This fact intensifies the need to foster intercultural understanding and...

Read more ...    Children should sit more exams so that they find them less stressful by the time they take their GCSEs, the schools minister said yesterday. Nick Gibb blamed the internet and social media, rather than the pressure of assessments, for fuelling severe anxiety among pupils. He told MPs: “Exam pressures have always been there, and the way to deal with...

Read more ...The ‘myth’ of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated...

Read more ...Don’t set homework you have not covered in class. This is very common, quite often in an attempt to cover all the material set in a course book. For example, a reading passage may be set as homework which involves reading the text and doing the comprehension questions and vocabulary exercises that follow. Similarly, grammar homework may be given that...

Read more ...  Are the Dutch now native speakers of English, and is Dutch-English a distinctive thing? Deborah Nicholls-Lee meets linguistics expert Alison Edwards to find some answers. English is no longer a foreign language in the Netherlands, asserts Leiden University’s Alison Edwards, who has published widely on the subject. ‘If you can assume that you can walk...
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