30 Day Blogging Challenge review

For the past 30 days I’ve been taking part in a Blogging Challenge run by Sarah and Kevin Arrow of Sark e-Media. The challenge was to post one blog post every day for 30 days, and along the way read posts by others taking part in the challenge, and comment on and share those posts. […]

Weekly language learning roundup – September 22, 2014

This week we have details about free online course, an article about learning languages as an adult, and a reminder about one of my posts. I hope you find them interesting and useful 🙂   A beginner’s guide to writing in English for university study This free course is presented by the University of Reading […]

English lessons in Cornwall

I live and work in the beautiful county of Cornwall in the UK where, as well as my online work, I also teach face-to-face one-to-one English lessons in people’s homes. Sometimes I hear from people who want to improve their English, but for various reasons they aren’t able to commit to weekly lessons with a […]

Weekly language learning roundup – September 15, 2014

  Two articles and an app this week.  I hope you find them interesting and useful 🙂   Characteristics of a good language learner What do you think makes a good language learner? Over on The Mezzofanti Guild site, Donovan Nagel has put together a great list of 11 unmistakable characteristics that define a good […]

Listening resources for learning English

Here’s my list of some of the sites offering mostly free or low-cost resources for improving your English listening skills. They include some excellent audio and video resources that will help you understand spoken English better. It’s a public list so if you have a favourite site that’s not yet included, please add it 🙂 […]

Learning English with stories

  Do you like reading short stories? I do. And I also like using them as a resource for teaching English. I find it’s a good way to add something a little bit different to our lessons, as well as a good way to use culturally relevant resources by selecting stories or fairy stories according […]

Weekly language learning roundup – September 08, 2014

Here are just three of the interesting language-related articles I’ve read this past week – well actually, one of them is a video 🙂 I hope you find them interesting and useful.   Swedish boys learning English from World of Warcraft On Slate.com I read about a recent study by Swedish academics that has shown […]

Weekly language learning roundup – September 01, 2014

Every week I read many blog posts, news articles, and other content about the English language, learning English, and language learning in general. I share a lot of this content on my Twitter, G+ and Pinterest accounts, and from this week I’m going to share some of my favourite posts in a weekly roundup here […]

Infographic: How to learn English

This interesting infographic from Kaplan shows some of the different ways people learn English. You can see that many of the people who took part in this survey say that TV programmes, films, and music help them learn. What do you think is the best way to learn English? How to learn English via Kaplan […]

Pronunciation resources for learning English

English is spoken in more than 60 countries and it’s estimated that it’s used by more than 1 billion people. There are many varieties, accents and dialects of English, and learners generally learn to speak it in the accent in which they’re taught, or in the particular accent they prefer. I asked readers on another […]