Why learning a language is a lifelong process

The most widely spoken language in the UK is British English, and just 7% of the population are bilingual.

It’s often said that Britons are either unable to unwilling to learn second languages, but this might be because the UK and Ireland are the only two countries in the EU where it is not compulsory to learn a foreign language at school.

However, it doesn’t matter whether you are unilingual or a polygot – someone that speaks multiple languages – you will continue learning language for the rest of your life.

When people learn a new language, they often stop once they are proficient enough for their needs. For example, if you are going on holiday to Spain, you might need to ask for directions, order food, or make small talk. [Read more…]

‘Three Good Tools for Creating Multimedia Books Online’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Three Good Tools for Creating Multimedia Books Online”.

Richard says, “Twice this week I’ve been asked for alternatives to iBooks Author that students can use to create multimedia books. This is probably a good time to share the three options that I usually recommend. These are listed in the order in which I typically recommend them.”

Three Good Tools for Creating Multimedia Books Online

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Dogme is not “just good teaching”’ by Anthony Gaughan

Anthony Gaughan’s latest blog post is titled “Dogme is not “just good teaching”.

Anthony says, “Usually when (it) is so simple we say, “Oh, I know that! It is quite simple. everyone knows that.”But if we do not find its value, it means nothing. It is the same as not knowing.

– Shunryu Suzuki in “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” -“

Dogme is not “just good teaching

 Anthony Gaughan’s Blog

‘Throwback Thursday: Build Your Wild Self’ by Ozge Karaoglu

Ozge Karaoglu’s latest blog post is titled “Throwback Thursday: Build Your Wild Self”.

Ozge says, “BuildYourWild Self is a cool tool to create avatars using different animal parts and attaching them in a human body. Children can easily create a wild creature  following simple steps.”

Throwback Thursday: Build Your Wild Self

Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog

‘Tech Minions- An authentic opportunity for kids with a passion.’ by Edna Sackson

Edna Sackson’s latest blog post is titled “Tech Minions- An authentic opportunity for kids with a passion”.

Edna says, “We have lots of opportunities for kids in our school to shine and find their passion – We have leadership groups, lunchtime enrichment in everything from table tennis to cooking, sporting groups and so on. A new group however is close to my heart, and I’m thrilled to see how successful it is becoming.”

Tech Minions- An authentic opportunity for kids with a passion.

Edna Sackson’s Blog

‘Presenting the ELTForum.sk 2014 Conference – Call for Speakers’ by Vicky Loras

Vicky Loras’s latest blog post is titled “Presenting the ELTForum.sk 2014 Conference – Call for Speakers”.

Vicky says, “All of us here at ELTForum.sk are delighted to announce our Conference, which will take place in Bratislava, on June 7 and 8, 2014, at the Ekonomická univerzita v Bratislave. And here is where you come in: we want you to be part of it! Have you got an idea for a talk or workshop? “

Presenting the ELTForum.sk 2014 Conference – Call for Speakers

Vicky Loras’s Blog

‘Install Bookmarklets / Extensions of Your Favorite Tools’ by Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell’s latest blog post is titled “Install Bookmarklets / Extensions of Your Favorite Tools”.

Shelly says, “Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category

The tools I choose to use habitually or recommend to teachers, usually meet most of these requirements, they provide:

  • a free web version
  • a free mobile app (a plus if it works on multiple platforms)
  • a bookmarklet or extension for your web browser
  • a way to embed your work on your blog or platform”

Install Bookmarklets / Extensions of Your Favorite Tools

Shelly Terrell’s Blog

‘A Blog Birthday and a Bear Tale’ by Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein’s latest blog post is titled “A Blog Birthday and a Bear Tale”.

Naomi says, “Thankfully, blogs (and puffins) mature more quickly than human children do.  Despite not being able to lavish as much attention on it as I would like, the blog seems to be thriving. This is post number 377 and I have 1019 followers on Twitter (Google analtyics confound me so I don’t dare to quote numbers, but the “cluster map” of visitors looks great)! Never would have predicted that! I feel that the blog has become an important part of me. I imagine what I would post even when I don’t have time to actually do so.”

A Blog Birthday and a Bear Tale

Naomi Epstein’s Blog

‘Love Actually: activities, ideas, vocabulary’ by Leo Selivan

Leo Selivan’s latest blog post is titled “Love Actually: activities, ideas, vocabulary”.

Leo says, “I use a lot of films in my teaching: not just occasional Youtube clips but full-length authentic feature films, and I’ve been wanting for a while to start a new section on this blog where I would upload my film-based materials. I thought December would be a suitable time to share materials for many people’s favourite Christmas film Love Actually.”

Love Actually: activities, ideas, vocabulary

Leo Selivan’s Blog

‘Create a Community with Digital Icebreakers’ by Shelly Terrell

Shelly Terrell’s latest blog post is titled “Create a Community with Digital Icebreakers”.

Shelly says, “Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford

It’s important that we treat our role as a teacher, purposefully.”

Create a Community with Digital Icebreakers

Shelly Terrell’s Blog

‘Have You Looked At Google Lit Trips Lately?’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Have You Looked At Google Lit Trips Lately?”.

Richard says, “Earlier this week Jerome Burg, the founder ofGoogle Lit Trips, announced that Google Lit Trips is now a 501c non-profit organization. Google Lit Trips is still free and is still a great resource for teachers of language arts and history.”

Have You Looked At Google Lit Trips Lately?

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Ten Questions, Asked’ by Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin’s latest blog post is titled “Ten Questions, Asked”.

Michael says, “In my most recent post I tried to answer some questions I have been asked lately or thought I would blog about some day. In this post I am switching it around and asking some questions I have been wondering about. I am slightly worried that some of these questions are verging on “let me google that for you” territory but I also think someone might have an answer readily available. Any responses greatly appreciated.”

Ten Questions, Asked

Michael Griffin’s Blog

‘Nelson Mandela RIP’ by Martin Sketchley

Martin Sketchley’s latest blog post is titled “Nelson Mandela RIP”.

Martin says, “Nelson Mandela was one of the most loved and respected people in the world. For countless reasons he was and remains a huge hero. He was a person from whom we can all learn many lessons. He experienced many things in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loved. After retiring, he continued to travel the world, helping people and raising awareness of global issues.”

Nelson Mandela RIP

Martin Sketchley’s Blog

‘internet memes & concept checking, by Marcelo de Cristo’ by Luiz Otávio

Luiz Otávio’s latest blog post is titled “internet memes & concept checking, by Marcelo de Cristo”.

Luiz says, “Internet memes are all around us these days. Whether you like them or not, you are bombarded with them 24/7 through social media. And so are your learners – kids, teens and adults who sometimes find learning about grammar difficult… or just dead boring! So how can you take advantage of internet memes to help your learners understand grammar? In other words, how can you use internet memes for checking key grammar concepts? Read on and find out.”

internet memes & concept checking, by Marcelo de Cristo

Luiz Otávio’s Blog 

‘“Nauseous” (Standard English’s Evolution)’ by Ben Trawick-Smith

Ben Trawick-Smith ‘s latest blog post is titled ““Nauseous” (Standard English’s Evolution)”.

Ben says, ““‘Nauseous‘ doesn’t refer to being sick,” my 9th-grade English teacher told his class. “It refers to something that makes you sick.”He sounded more apologetic than commanding; he didn’t seem to believe this “rule” any more than we did. Yet here we are in 2013, and the “nauseous/nauseated” beef remains.”

“Nauseous” (Standard English’s Evolution)

Ben Trawick-Smith’s Blog

‘Joy. I’m done’ by Anne Hodgson

Anne Hodgson’s latest blog post is titled “Joy. I’m done”.

Anne, says “I’m done. The book is done, as far as I am concerned. It’s off the the printers on 18 December. Oh, joy. Now I’m ready.”

Joy. I’m done

 Anne Hodgson’s Blog

‘This blog post is cat melodeon’ by Stan Carey

Stan Carey’s latest blog post is titled “This blog post is cat melodeon”.

Stan says, “A distinctive feature of the English spoken in Ireland is the colloquial use of cat as an adjective to mean: awful, unpleasant, rough, terrible, bad, calamitous, or very disappointing. I heard it a lot as a child, and I still do occasionally in the city – someone wants to criticise a situation, such as a bad sporting performance or a job done ineptly, and they say “It’s cat” and that sums it up.”

This blog post is cat melodeon

Stan Carey’s Blog

‘Ten Questions, Answered’ by Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin’s latest blog post is titled “Ten Questions, Answered”.

Michael says, “NOTE: This is the “clown-free” version of this post. If you wish to see the “clown-full” version please click here.

Over the past few months I have received questions from various channels and thought, “that would be a good blog post, perhaps I will try to answer it on my blog.” The answering part never happened and I thought I might try a little bit of a “mailbag” approach here in this post. You can find my answers to some questions I have been asked below.  If you have any other questions, please fire away!”

Ten Questions, Answered

Michael Griffin’s Blog