Month: May 2013

The Audiolingual Method

History The Audiolingual Method is a further development from the Direct Method and the Coleman report. Due to the War, a need arose for more oral communication , and so, in 1942, an Army Specialized Training Program was devised by five American universities. This was further developed by Charles Fries and from the mid 1950s, … Continue reading The Audiolingual Method

Polite Language Practice

NOTES FOR TEACHERS 1) Get students to read "Would you be so kind" or a similar text (best done at home) & to make a note of key phrases. The text "Would you be so kind?" can be found here: 2) In class, brainstorm the phrases they can remember and discuss which are interchangeable, … Continue reading Polite Language Practice

George Orwell’s “1984”: Discussion Topics

NOTES FOR TEACHERS Guide to level: Reading the unadapted novel "1984" will probably be too difficult for learners below a C1 CEF level. These discussion questions, however, could also work (with more scaffolding) with B1-B2 learners, who, for example, have watched a film of "1984", acted out scenes, or read certain extracts. Tasks may need … Continue reading George Orwell’s “1984”: Discussion Topics

George Orwell’s 1984: Comprehension & Revision Questions

George Orwell’s 1984: Comprehension & Revision Questions

INTRODUCTION George Orwell's novel "1984" has long since been one of my favourite novels, and has even had an influence on the English language. Many of Orwell's coinages, such as Big Brother, Room 101 and Newspeak, are now comonly used when describing totalitarian or overarching behaviour by an authority. Even the author's name has come … Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984: Comprehension & Revision Questions

Pronunciation Errors

Quiz Time!Please leave your answers in the comments box below. Each respondent should just make one point, so that lots of people can contribute! Sadly, I'm not able to give a prize for correct answers to the quiz questions, but joining the fun will surely give you a certain amount of kudos! :-)1) What pronunciation problems can … Continue reading Pronunciation Errors

The Direct Method

Next in line along our chronological methods and approaches journey... THE DIRECT METHOD History & Development In the middle of the 19th century, people began to question the Grammar Translation method of language teaching. Within Europe, people felt, there was more a need for oral communication skills. Individual specialists (e.g. Marcel, Gouin) tried to introduce … Continue reading The Direct Method

Grammar Translation Method

I've read several times that, in the "post-methods era", a new direction in ELT is "principled eclecticism". In order to be a principled eclectic, however, some understanding of various approaches and methods, and their principles, seems necessary. Also for those who are not that far in their ELT career, for example those who are currently on teacher … Continue reading Grammar Translation Method

Conditionals Compact – The Basics

For students and teachers alike, here is a concise summary of the structures and uses of the various 'standard' conditional sentence types in English. I've used what I would consider 'key words', so that the usage of each type of conditional sentence is clearly different from the others.  More advanced points about conditionals, as well … Continue reading Conditionals Compact – The Basics

Why study English?

Every year, one of the first questions I pose to the newly enrolled students of English Studies at the University of Trier is "Why are you studying English?" I'm often surprised and pleased at the insightful responses I receive, and I'm glad that we have so many motivated and enthusiastic students. Nonetheless, there are usually … Continue reading Why study English?