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Grammer

I’ve just noticed that on the cover of IFG it spells ‘grammar’ with an ‘e’ 🙂

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EFL Listening Tasks

I must admit I find most EFL listening tasks a little strange. The usual format in most textbooks I’ve used is to listen to a conversation and then answer set questions about it. It is a conversation as product, with … Continue reading

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SMH technology

Here’s a little example from the Sydney Morning Herald of new technology causing language change: ”Why is it that the new compact Herald eschews the words ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’ in every article it presents?” asks Rod Blackmore, of Thornleigh. It’s … Continue reading

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Examples of modality

I added a PDF of Examples of Modality (positive) to the Resources page.

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Headline

Here’s a headline that was seen in the Mail today: “Barrister son of top judge who left wife for widow of divorce lawyer killed by police is fined for having cocaine and ecstasy” Whew.  

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‘Truthiness’ and Expression

There was an interesting article on Huffington Post by Chris Mooney, author of The Republican Brain, about the word ‘truthiness’ which was first used by Stephen Colbert on his The Word segment to describe the ‘quality of knowing something in … Continue reading

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Relative Clauses

There’s an activity in New Headway Advanced (2003, p.106) comparing two sentences which “mean the same”: 1. There are white coral sands fringed by coconut palms. 2. There are white coral sands which are fringed by coconut palms. I wonder, … Continue reading

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Activating as Process

I was watching the Colbert Report the other day and noticed an interesting new Process (it seems actually to originate from Glenn Beck in 2010). Two people from Occupy Walk Street were talking about the movement: The thing about this … Continue reading

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The Alphabet Song

Here, in Japan, there are two versions of the Alphabet Song. There’s the familiar one: A-B-C-D-E-F-G–, H-I-J-K-LMNOP–, Q-R-S–,T-U-V–, W-X-Y- and Z–, Now I know my A,B,C, Won’t you come and sing with me? The version used in most Japanese schools, … Continue reading

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Taxonomies and 2nd language learning

A big part of first language acquisition, occurring around 28-36 months, is the creation of taxonomies within language and placing the self within these taxonomies. The child gradually sees itself as being part of sex differences (man-woman-boy-girl), family (father-mother-brother-sister) and … Continue reading

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