Business English Audio 1: Big accounting firms operating an oligopoly

August 5, 2012

Hi, welcome to the first class of ingocio – the podcast that not only teaches you English for professionals but all about the latest trends in business and management. This week’s listening exercise investigates the dominance the big four accounting companies, their part in the financial crisis, and why it matters. But let’s begin with […]

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Calculating how long it takes language students to reach fluency

March 11, 2012

Face the reality – the mathematical facts of the road to fluency As mentioned above, the PQE helps the student to face the reality of what lies ahead. However, that’s not sufficient. You must make your students understand a few home truths. It’s not enough to say ‘you must study… classes aren’t sufficient’ you have […]

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How to ensure assimilation and retention in ESL language learning classes

March 11, 2012

The wrong PQE plan is one that would follow the Cambridge model without the necessary interlinking. The Cambridge model says that language consists of speaking, writing, reading, listening – therefore that’s what we have to teach them. In actual fact, this approach could work fine if the material they were using was interlinked and allowed […]

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What grammar should I teach in an ESL class? Why prioritiation is important.

March 11, 2012

Don’t insist they learn every single grammar unit relevant to their unit. There are dozens of grammar units that seem terribly important but in fact their not – all they do is cause an information overload and enter students into the half-baked cycle above. Who are you to say what’s important or not? How can […]

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What materials does every language student need?

March 11, 2012

The status of materials is often downgraded. One of the main reasons is that language is a spoken phenomenon and text books seem artificial, formal and too rigid. They are all of those things but they are also something else: ABSOLOUTELY ESSENTIAL! If you are in the country of the language you are trying to […]

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ESL Student Feedback – The Student’s warped perception

February 28, 2011

I’m hoping that you’ll all be hearing from Tom the Traveller soon as he writes us a description of his latest audio product. In the meantime, though, I would like to tell you about something very interesting he said the other day (well, interesting if you’re a TEFL nerd like me). Tom and I have […]

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Ingles con la musica – ESL students using movies and music in English

September 21, 2010

Este articulo se trata del tema ‘cómo aprender inglés con la música’. Recomendamos a cualquier estudiante leyendo este articulo Aprender inglés a través de la música. This article is about helping students to consume media (songs, movies and series) in English. This is something we know about because we’ve been researching it for the past […]

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Should ESL students translate? 1

April 4, 2010

Most of my blog posts these days are inspired by my battles with my difficult (but much loved) pupils in my day job. This week, the ongoing debate has been about translation as I’ve been making them translate sheets of sentences. Their objections to these exercises vary, but the fundamental academic objection derives from one […]

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Handout Addiction in ESL classrooms – ditch the crutches, dude!

February 28, 2010

Hi, guys, I just wanted to share this incredible ESL insight I had in my last class. As you know, I refuse to have students sitting around doing grammar exercises from Murphy because it’s so booooooooring! That means everything we do is oral – with long lists of cool conversation questions that force them to […]

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I-Ling Vocabulary strategy: student feedback 1

February 14, 2010

This is a post from my day job blog – just in case anyone recognises it. This incident was of vital importance to the ILing Research network because it is the first – of what will be many – suggestions we have to deal with in our quest to introduce an ESL system for learning […]

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