Artículos escritos por profesores particulares de Inglés nativos

Y. Jade
Publicado por Y. Jade

To be or not to be...That is the question ;)

TO BE is the most important verb in English, especially for beginners. We use verb TO BE for so many different reasons. For example, we use it for name, age, nationality, emotions, professions, etc. The tricky part is, it probably is also the most irregular verb in our language. Let us give an example of it being used in simple present tense with positive and negative forms:  I am - I am not (I'm not) You are - You are not (You aren't) He/...
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James
Publicado por James

Should we use RP as a model to teach pronunciation?

How can we teach english pronunciation to the students? I think the answer to this question is somehow relative for it can neither be white nor black. If someone decides to learn a L2, English in that case, it is because they have some motives behind it. One of the possible reasons could be for communication purposes both with natives or non-natives. That means the learner wants to understand when either natives or non-natives use English for c...
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James
Publicado por James

Which are the difficulties in learning English for the Spanish-speakers?

Some of the difficulties encountered by the Spanish-speaking English learners From the pedagogical point of view, question formation in the English language poses a great challenge to Spanish speakers. Linguistically, this could be attributed to the first language (L1) grammar in the learner’s head, Spanish grammar in this case, which is totally different in structure from English grammar. As a language teacher, one should not remain indiffere...
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James
Publicado por James

How to teach a language properly? My experience

Experience I was born in Kenya (1976) and then I went to Italy (2004) to study and work, and shortly after I ended up in Spain (2008), for the same reason, where I live and work till today. As a Kenyan born I am fluent in both Kiswahili and English, the two official languages in Kenya, and for the second languages, I am equally fluent in Italian and Spanish as well. I would like to cite my experience in learning Italian back in Kenya (1999-2003)...
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Ali
Publicado por Ali

THE NEURO-COGNITIVE METHOD: From theory to Practice

The Neuro-cognitive Method is one of my best teaching and training methods. I have researched it in my Master's thesis, honed it over the many years of teaching english experience that I have. In this article, I am going to briefly outline the neurological principle lying behind the method, explain how the method works my the classroom environment while giving english tutoring classes (and outside), and give an example or two to ifllustrate the ...
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Victoria
Publicado por Victoria

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre una clase de idiomas en una academia y una clase de idiomas particular?

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre una clase de idiomas en una academia y una clase de idiomas particular? Aquí te cuento las 5 más notables:    Compañeros: la mayor diferencia entre una academia y una clase particular es que en la academia tendrás compañeros de clase y en una particular a no ser que sea grupal, estarás tú solo con el profesor particular.  Precio: el precio suele ser más elevado en las clases particulares, y...
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Kate
Publicado por Kate

How Human Brains Analyze and Learn Languages

When you are born, first you do not speak to anyone. You spend a year or so just uttering separate sounds and words in imitation of the adults around. And then at some point, boom, you are communicating in sentences! Surprisingly enough, the sentences are relevant to the situation. You start using good grammar, like past tenses or passives, however complicated they might be in your mother tongue. People occasionally correct you but you are doin...
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Jennifer
Publicado por Jennifer

Teaching conditionals - Some tips for teachers

Check knowledge of irregular verbs  Your students need to know how to form past forms of irregular verbs before you can move onto the condionals.  Use Real Examples I've found that the best way of teaching grammar is giving examples, real life ones or personalized ones if possible. e.g. If Iñaki Williams hadn't scored a goal, Athletic wouldn't have won the match. (3rd Conditional) Use the Student's L1 Also highlight the differences be...
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Jennifer
Publicado por Jennifer

How can you teach informal and formal linkers in English?

Connectors are important to make a text hang together and to give speech sense. In a Cambridge exam, writing is marked on its cohesion. Teach informal vs formal connectors Example 1 (informal speech) I've just had an awful English class. I'm going to carry on going.  Which linker could you use to give the sentences more cohesion and sense? Answer: an informal contrast linker e.g. but I've just had an awful English class but I'm going to ca...
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Jennifer
Publicado por Jennifer

How do you teach general English to adult beginners?

Teaching English to adult beginners can be a challenging but rewarding process. I think the key is to take a communicative approach, making the main focus speaking and listening. They will normally have a high level of intrinsic motivation as they've chosen to study English and will probably enjoy the process. So keep it enjoyable for them, which will keep up the motivation levels. L1 - L2 Translation Research has shown that a learner's first l...
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Jennifer
Publicado por Jennifer

How to write a film review for your C1 exam

Here is a review I have written on the film The Fundamentals of Caring: The Fundamentals of Caring The Fundamentals of Caring is a    comedy-drama    film     starring    Paul Rudd as Ben; Craig Roberts as Trevor and Selena Gomez as Dot. The film    premiered    on January 29, 2016, and was subsequently     released    on Netflix. ...
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Ana
Publicado por Ana

"So (do) I" y "nor/neither (do) I": aprende a diferenciar sus usos.

“So (do) I” y “nor/neither (do) I”, son construcciones que sirven para mostrarnos de acuerdo con lo que alguien está comentando. Son unas de las expresiones que crean confusión cuando estamos aprendiendo este idioma. Pero, ¡no te preocupes! Vamos a aprender a diferenciar sus usos, nos ayudaran mucho a comunicarnos en el día a día. Como ya hemos visto, “so (do) I” y “nor/neither (do) I” son expresiones que se usan para indicar una coinciden...
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Miguel
Publicado por Miguel

Dont look down, dont be shy and keep dreaming :)

As many kids or adults out there, at some point, you found yourself thinking what does this"word" or that "sentence" means. It can be a movie, a book, a friend, an expression, something that we are missing that is not enabling us to connect and feel part of it.    Learn a new language is like a super-power, and I believe this is a unique chance for humankind to connect. Nowadays, everyone wants fast results and wants to learn fas...
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Maggie
Publicado por Maggie

What would happen if we transformed an exam practice or a revision into a room full of puzzles to so

In the current world of ELT, within the emerging methodologies and the incorporation of the newest technological advances it is sometimes difficult to get the best out of our students and keep their attention throughout a lesson.  However attractive the materials are and the way to deliver the content is, how much of it provides students’ engagement in the tasks we prepare? Students look for fresh ideas and a whole lot of excitement i...
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