Category Archives: Authentic language

Ground Collision in Brussels: Passive

 Today’s post is freely based on a ground collision event brought to me by Cpt. Rockert, who’s a dear co-worker and friend. Are you familiar with this accident which took place in Brussels, 1998? Let’s take a closer look at … Continue reading

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ELT: On working with readers

 Last semestre I had an intermediate group which had a mandatory reading – the Slumdog Millionaire graded reader, adapted and published by Macmillan. Even though many (if not all) of my students had seen the film, I made a point of … Continue reading

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Focus on: like

We very often sound redundant by sticking to same old words and expressions. Especially when it comes to a foreign language – after all, why should I do it differently, as long as such words and expressions have proved themselves effective … Continue reading

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Dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO)

We’ve been talking a lot about dictionaries here and another thing I often talk about to my students is how English language – or, rather, every language in use – is changing all the time, for this very reason: the … Continue reading

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Grammar: Comparative and Google Poetics

“Type a few words into Google’s search bar and you’ll see four predictive suggestions pop up in the space just below. It’s a bit of technology the search giant calls Google Instant: ‘a search enhancement that shows results as you … Continue reading

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