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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
Idioms refer to phrases where their common meaning cannot be understood simply from the meanings of the individual words. They are cultural elements of speech and can prove a barrier to those who are speaking a non-native language. Five common English idioms are given below, together with ...
Listening in the foreign language is the most difficult skill for most learners. Here are some suggestions for improving those listening skills, and recommendations for foreign language learning programs.
Speaking and writing are the 'productive skills.' We teach speaking as learners consider this particular skill as one of the most important and also the most challenging. Speaking communication is the most common way of building interpersonal relations.
Many of us find public speaking stressful and terrifying. When we bring to mind an occasion where we are expected to face a crowd, the tension grows especially when it hits close to the big day. However, what you dread about public speaking can be channeled into energy and motivation to prepare well and practice enough.
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.