One of the big challenges most language learners will face to go from intermediate to advanced level is fixing the “little mistakes”. Incorrect word order, wrong preposition, mispronounced vowel, the list could be very long. It’s just details, or rather: … Continue reading Signaling all the mistakes
Learning to introduce ourselves is an all-time classic that I do cherish. It’s actually one of the first things I do when I start learning a new language, and one of the first challenges I give to my students. Almost … Continue reading Shortcut for beginners
I know by experience that many students start with a bad representation of what they should do during their classes. In fact, there’s a common misconception about language learning, that it’s mostly about memorising vocabulary and expressions. Surely this is … Continue reading Wasting students’ time?
Now I rarely start a course before having sent these two videos to the new students. This little and quick observation exercise makes a tremendous difference later during the work on pronunciation, and you’ll guess why in a moment. I … Continue reading Have you seen their lips?
Talking with a colleague recently, I’ve been asked my opinion about having students write texts during the classes. I’ve never had students for whom writing was more important than speaking. If that was the case, I might have to work differently. … Continue reading Writing texts during the class
Recently, Anthony Ash asked me how do I plan my lessons or my course. Well, I try as much as possible to arrive in my classes without any set idea of what we’re going to do. Is that set in … Continue reading Have you prepared your course?