Tag Archives: Vocabulary

Language learning tips

LOGO FINALIn this The TEFL Show podcast we give several tips for learning languages more effectively. We’ve both learned various languages over the years, discovering along the way that it is much easier, faster and more enjoyable than you might think, as long as you follow a few basic rules.

What has your language learning experience been like? Have you found any of the tips we discussed useful? Do you have any others? Let us know what you think by commenting below and rating the podcast on iTunes here. And if you’re interested in learning languages, check out this section of the blog.

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‘I don’t have talent’ and other language learning myths

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In this episode of The TEFL Show we use our own language learning experience to debunk some of the most common myths and misconceptions about learning languages, such as that you need talent or a very long time to get to a high level. We also give several tips that will hopefully boost your language learning progress.

What has your language learning experience been like? Do you have any other tips? Have you found the ones we’ve given useful? Let us know in the comments section below.

If you’re interested in learning languages, you might find this section of the blog useful. All the previous podcasts can be found here on the blog.

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Using etymology to help learners expand their vocabulary

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In this episode we look at the etymology of different English words and how this can be used practically in class to help our students broaden their vocabulary, as well as being better able to guess the meaning of new words. We first look at some of the Latin and Greek roots and prefixes, such as ante-, for example, and then we discuss connections between English and modern European languages.

Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts on this are. Do you make students aware of the meaning of different Latin and Greek prefixes? Do you try to draw connections between English and other languages to help students learn new words?

Listen to and download these podcasts from our Soundcloud channel here or in this section of the blog. Soon, they’ll be available in the iTunes store too.

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Classroom practices: too much or not enough?

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Even experienced teachers can become prisoners of their own teaching habits and beliefs, overusing certain approaches, while completely overlooking others. As a result, in this podcast we talk about things that in our opinion we as teachers should do less often in an EFL classroom, and some things that we think we don’t do enough of and should do much more often. Among other things we look at:

  • grammar based vs lexical syllabus
  • teaching individual words vs teaching chunks
  • responding to students needs vs following the syllabus
  • teacher talking time

We’d love to hear what you think about these issues. What are the things you don’t do enough as a teacher? Are there any things you do too much of? Leave us a comment below the post.

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Active or passive language learning?

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This is the second in our The TEFL Show podcasts series. In it we continue our discussion about effective language learners and, among other things, talk about:

  • the importance of comprehensible input
  • silent period
  • language immersion
  • noticing and imitating new language
  • role of motivation
  • encouraging students to use the target language in class

You might want to listen to the previous podcast first as the discussion here builds on the issues we talked about in the first podcast. You can listen to it here.

If you’re interested in learning languages, you might find this section of our blog interesting. It contains several articles about issues related to effective language learning.

And as usual, we’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to comment below or send us a message here.

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