How to teach grammar (PPP Model) TESOL / CELTA

Watch Diane Dowejko teach a demo grammar lesson to TESOL trainees at Wits Language School in Johannesburg. It follows the PPP model. The lesson focus on the past simple tense. The trainees are led to discover aspects of the structure as Diane goes through an inductive approach to grammar teaching

Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching

Diane Larsen-Freeman discusses the newly-released 3rd edition of the influential teacher development title Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching, published by Oxford University Press. This classic guide has been an essential resource to new and experienced teachers worldwide, and Professor Larsen-Freeman describes the need to consider a range of methods in language teaching, and how methods continue to evolve

How language shapes the way we think

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the language is

The secrets of learning a new language

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and shares four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent -- and have fun while doing it

4 Reasons to Learn a New Language

English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue

How language transformed humanity

Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation

Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it's all good news.

Go ahead, make up new words!

In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make the language better at expressing what we mean and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

Better Reading For Learners-Webinar

This webinar explores different approaches to getting learners to engage with texts and develop reading skills. It outlines ways that can lead to ‘better reading’ by means of text and task choice, and also focuses on useful reading strategies. A key principle that underpins the session is that better reading helps improve students’ overall language competence