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Category Archives: Mother Tongue
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
Last week one of my groups was working on the topic “Ordering food at a pub or restaurant” and as a warm-up for the subsequent lesson we did a role play in which one of them would be a gringo … Continue reading
Hey all! Here’s another collocation that makes students hesitate. As a matter of fact, Brazilian students either are not aware that make collocates with decision, or simply take it for granted by what we call false analogy, as in Portuguese … Continue reading
As many of you should’ve already heard, last week the EF – Education First – published its global survey of English-language skills and, since then, many people have come to me sorely disappointed or in furious disbelief – after all, is … Continue reading