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Questions tagged [pedagogy]

This tag is for questions about practices of teaching English to language learners.

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Generic nouns plural/singular: Difficulties for ESL speakers

I work in Montreal, Canada with a great group of first-language French speakers, who are nevertheless very articulate in English. However what thing that comes up, again and again, is the pluralizing ...
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How to enrich my “everyday” vocabulary as an ESL parent in the U.S.?

What resources exist to quickly acquire the "everyday" English vocabulary needed to communicate with my preschooler child? I am an immigrant IT professional who speaks fluent English, but who learned ...
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“the way in which” VS “the manner in which” including some others

I’m from Korea. It is the way we teach and study relative pronouns “who/whom/which/whose” We study this through this process. I think that it is right to use number 1 and 2. But I want to know if ...
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How can knowing a root word help me?

When I was in school, teachers often used to say that we should know the root words in English. But woefully, I forgot how could they be handy. Can anybody here explain if remembering the root words ...
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How to memorize 5500 English words within the shortest time?

I am considering to appear for GRE. For this purpose, I have bought a vocabulary book containing 5500 words. It must be mentioned that I work 12 hours per day and thus I have limited free time. My ...
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What is Latin Grammar?

Another product of the eighteenth century was the invention of "English grammar". As English came to replace Latin as the language of scholarship, it was felt that one should also be able to control ...
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Is there any good methodology to help remember sound-alike words?

I'm working mostly with non-native English speakers, and I it becomes apparent that sound-alike words often cause confusion, particularly in business emails. There are too many of these words to make ...
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Ways to organize an ESL course?

I'm working on a game to learn English, and grappling with the best way to organize the course. It would be great to hear from people what they've liked when using other apps. I guess there are a ...
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First, second and third conditional

On grammar.ccc Rob De Decker, who (as it is written there) teaches English at a Flemish grammar school in Belgium, explains the so-called first, second and third conditional. Instant English, a best-...
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How many vocabulary words should I learn every day? [closed]

I am trying to learn new words but pronunciation is difficult. I try to learn new words, but by the next morning I have forgotten what they were and I have to start over again. How many new words ...
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Education technology that helps with learning English

As a language learner, I have always had a very traditional, pen-and-paper approach to learning a new language (English included). I have played around with websites and apps like Livemocha, Duolingo, ...
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Is it a good practice to map English words and verb tenses to my own native language? [closed]

I've a general question about understanding and memorizing English words and phrases. Sometimes when I read a sentence or phrase with complex verb tenses (like continuous perfect forms) I can't ...
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Online Resources for Learning English [closed]

I teach a module that includes technical writing. More than 50% of the students are non-native English speakers. I'd like to provide some pointers to online resources that may be useful to students ...
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Extent of topic complexity for 15-minute demo lesson

Following a recent job interview, I was invited to give a demo lesson. As is mostly the case, I suppose, the hiring staff are going to pose as students. The school did not give any specific ...
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Advice on understanding ''advanced'' sentences

By a normal sentence I mean any sentence of the form subject + predicate. Every sentence that is not normal is called advanced. A simplest example of an advanced sentence is, say, Being a doctor, he ...
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Obtaining the mind maps and mapping them to the other language [closed]

Please tell me if I must separate my question but I see that one of the major language difficulties is that some words are sorta synonyms yet occasionally some synonyms have some flavours, which ...
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What is the official criteria to measure current level of English?

I want to improve my English, especially writing and speaking. Therefore, I need an indicator of my current level of English competence. Having a reliable metric in hand, I would be able to see how my ...
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Exercises for pronouncing 'I'

Speakers of languages such as Italian and Spanish tend to have difficulty pronouncing the 'I' in words such as it and is correctly. For example, they might pronounce "it is" as "eat ease." Are there ...
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How can I increase my focus and pleasure in reading English? [closed]

After working on my oral skills in English for a couple of years, I am now more interested in learning written English, specially by reading. I have been reading a couple of books over the last months ...
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How can I make use of mnemonics? [closed]

During self-study, especially English, I occasionally see suggestions that include mnemonic rules. I understand they can help me with studying, but I don't get these ideas. Here's a typical example: ...
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In what order to learn English? [closed]

If I had to teach someone English, I'd probably start with the alphabet, some pronunciation for interaction, and that'd be a first basis to learn the language, along with a few basic words (objects, ...