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Teaching Young Learners

Read more ...It takes a special person to teach English as a foreign language. It takes an even more special person to teach English as a foreign language to young children.  Young learners can be a real pleasure to teach because they do not feel stressed by their studies and approach everything with youthful innocence. At this point in their lives, they may not...

Providing Corrective Feedback in EFL Writing

Read more ... Error treatment is one of the key issues in EFL writing faced by both teachers and researchers. When reviewing their learners’ texts, EFL teachers tend to provide feedback on several areas of the target language. The type of feedback that is relevant to linguistic errors is very often referred to as corrective feedback or error correction. The aim of the...

L1 interference in Writing

Read more ...  Sometimes, even at Proficiency level, L1 interference - the influence of the Greek way of thinking in the way we express ourselves in another language - is natural and inevitable. A lot of untrained learners tend to naively translate into English word for word more or less, the results of which can be disastrous, if not ridiculous and...

Proficiency holders and proficient learners

Read more ... The recognition of proficient acquisition of the English as a Foreign Language is officially assessed and distinguished into as set of specific pillars. Proficient acquisition reflects eloquent, confident and multileveled command of English. C2 instruction covers the ground of linguistic and metalinguistic comprehension of the English language. By...

Why is it important to test all four skills?

Read more ...Listening, reading, speaking and writing: these, as every language teacher knows, are the “four skills”. I expect that most language teachers, if asked, would say that they are all equally important. For sure, there is a great deal of variation between different learners’ skills profiles – their relative strengths in the respective skills, and the effort...

Testing for Language Proficiency

Read more ...Tests can be powerful instruments of educational policy; thus testing can be seen as a political activity entailing tactics, intrigue and maneuvering within institutions that may not be political, but rather commercial, financial or educational. Test development is a complex project bound up with myriads of agendas and considerations. In language testing...
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