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Have you ever watched a foreign language film and seen captions whizzing by along the bottom? They seem like such a good idea, but what if you were to turn them off? Why are the captions there in the first place? Captions allow non-native speakers to enjoy foreign language movies. They are not just aimed […]

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Anthropologists define culture as “a complex whole that includes knowledge, ideas, art, law, morals, customs, and any potential habits acquired by man as a member of a particular culture.” These are all aspects that differ from one place to another and have a strong influence on the language locally spoken. That is why it is […]

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There are two types of English teachers in this world; a Native English Speaking Teacher (NEST) and a non-Native English Speaker Teacher (nNEST). The former speaks English as their mother tongue, while the latter learned it, overcoming the same learning challenges you’re struggling with now. So, today Marek from TEFL Equity Advocates is explaining the […]

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Ask any non-native speaker and, chances are that they’ll swear their language skills improve once they’ve had a couple of drinks. Sure, one might be willing to believe that just for the great excuse to combine beer with your language practice sessions, but is there any science behind it? We decided to take a look […]

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In the first part of this post, we covered what problems you can expect when dealing with a multi-level classroom and some strategies you can adopt to make life easier for yourself. However, differing language levels are not just an obstacle in a class, you can also use them to turn your lessons into fruitful […]

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Teaching a whole language class as opposed to a private student or two is challenging enough as it is, even without your students’ language levels varying greatly. However, multi-level classrooms are more common than you might think. Even if you teach at a language school with students whose language levels have been thoroughly assessed, everyone […]

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As we covered in the first part, the brain seems to lose some of its natural ability to make new memories as it gets older. While this is simply a part of life, it can also be somewhat annoying if you’re trying to learn a new language. That’s why you should consider adjusting your language […]

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Learning new vocabulary is one of those things you simply can’t do without when acquiring a foreign language. It’s impossible to speak, write, or understand anything without knowing the words, isn’t it? And that presents a big problem for many older language learners, who struggle with committing new vocabulary items to memory. While it does […]

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Learning a single foreign language is tough enough, much less two (or more) at the same time. Yet, there are those who swear by this method, claiming that it’s not that different than focusing on just the one. Still, there are some caveats that come with that claim and, if you’re one of those planning […]

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