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    Avoid Embarrassment in a Second Language by Avoiding IDIOMS

    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 not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't tra

    Quiet Students and Oral Response

    When I went to school many years ago, we primarily had full-class presentations and lectures. In the second grade I do remember reading groups, but otherwise we were taught en masse and then regurgitated as necessary onto paper. Overall this lasted through high school and worked fine as I knew no other way. Every once in a while students were called on to offer insight and opinion, but it was not an everyday occurrence nor do I recall that every students was held accou

    Avoid Embarrassment in a Second Language by Avoiding IDIOMS

    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

    Public Speaking: Help! English Is Not My First Language

    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.

    What Kinds of Listening Practice Are There?

    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.

    The Productive Skills - Speaking

    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.

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