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We've all been there before, as a student or as the teacher: the teacher finishes talking about a topic and then "broadcasts" a question to the whole group. What happens next? Often, nothing. Nada. Crickets. A whole herd of deer in headlights. And then after that initial uncomfortable time-span, what then? Usually anywhere from two to five students raise their hands to participate. The others just sit there. Are these other students thinking about the topic, but just n
When you first start learning the French language or the German language, or any second language, the fastest way to "open mouth, insert foot" is to use idioms like the one I just did. Idioms can make for idiots. Not really, but I love alliteration. The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is
English wasn't his first language. I was once coaching a young man of Chinese origin in public speaking, *Sam, who was extremely fearful of speaking before groups. Apart from the universal fears of 'being nervous', 'making a fool of himself', 'not being interesting' and 'being judged by others', his overriding fear was that of feeling humiliated in front of his peers because English wasn't his first language.
Many students have difficulty in taking longer turns in conversation. This article investigates the nature of these skills and considers the problems students may have in acquiring them.
Are you aware that there are different kinds of listening practice? And once we call them extensive and intensive listening practice, do you know the difference between them? Read this article to find their differences so you can start using them more effectively now.
It's difficult to determine whether something particularly is good or bad since we are all different and have our view towards different things. This then suggests a relationship of power and anyone doubting the power of language need only consider two historical moments to have their doubts vanquished.