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    Should we use textbooks in the ESL classroom?

    Should we use textbooks in the ESL classroom?   ESL textbooks are a lucrative business and the choice of available course books is seemingly endless. That being said, the use of textbooks in the classroom remains a contentious issue for many teachers and researchers. As is often the case both sides of the debate have valid points that should be considered. This article will look at some of the positives and negatives of using textbooks in the ESL classroom.     It is believed by many teachers and researchers that textbooks limit the learning and creative potential of students and teachers.

    Language and Linguistics

    Linguistics is the scientific study of language and languages. It encompasses their nature, the function of the human mind during the formation of their words and their meanings, and their reception and resultant effects on the listener. The definitive origin of language has thus far been elusive, although there are several theories, all of which point to its earliest use. Hand signals, for instance, emanated from thoughts and it is believed that these ultimately adopt

    The Pros of Primary Language Learning

    It is agreed by most that learning languages from a young age is a good idea but why is this? Traditionally, in England, language learning was introduced at the age of 14, but over the last few years more and more primary schools have been including it in their curriculum. Far from being a fleeting trend, it has now recently even become the focus of a legislative measure which stipulates that languages will be compulsory in all primary schools from 2014.

    Encouraging Classroom Language Use - Part 2

    This article will show how an activity can be modified to encourage the four kinds of classroom language (requests, choices, leadership, and manners and values) described in part 1.

    Encouraging Classroom Language Use - Part 1

    Classroom language is that collection of phrases used for communication among teacher and students, from "Open your books to page fifteen" to "May I go to the bathroom?" While emphasis is usually placed primarily on the target language, classroom language, too, can be an invaluable way of promoting English as real communication, student involvement in the lesson, and active language learning skills.

    In defence of English teaching

    I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I get paid to do what I love doing. I teach English in Japan. I have always enjoyed meeting and conversing with interesting people, only now I get paid for it.