How powerful are words?
“The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking. Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing.” – Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science
I am sure you have found many, many words related to the study of language. Following is a listing of selected words to help you in your ESL studies. The added explanations and examples are written to help you with understanding how this word relates to the English language, to assist you in your own English language learning, and to build your confidence. The list is designed to be used as a reference. Whether you [...]
Much has been written by myself* and others about the powerful impact on motivation, behavior and achievement when teachers form positive connections with students. Yet until I became familiar with the work of Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, I had difficulty identifying the key ingredient towards forming these connections: teacher vulnerability. Trained as a school psychologist where life [...]
It’s just the second day of school and already the honeymoon is fading. Matthew is late, Juanita comes unprepared and strange noises are coming from Carson. You can feel yourself struggling to keep your cool, not to mention the attention of your students. Summer vacation is starting to feel like it never happened.
In an era of pressure to produce [...]
Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another’s language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of [...]
Are people concerned about accents?
Overall, it appears so based on the Internet searches and firsthand experience teaching ESL to learners of varied ages.
Accents reveal the background of a person and their unique characteristics. Lots of people are proud of their accents and really like hearing other people’s accents, too. But, sometimes accents interfere with understanding and communicating. It might [...]
So what exactly is casual conversation?
Casual conversation means blabber, chatter, chitchat, gab, gossip, table talk, trivial conversation, jesting, joking, kidding, ribbing, dialoguing, and small talk. – Roget’s Thesaurus 2014.
The more social actions, the more activities you participate in, and the more time you spend with these actions and activities, the more opportunities you have to speak casual English. The [...]
So many people think that those people who are successful at learning a second language have…
high cognitive abilities
a special talent
a unique skill
Research shows otherwise. The number one factor that is a predictor for successful ESL learning is MOTIVATION. And the number one word to help justify an excuse is the word BUT.
Check out this video and see how “BUT” [...]