Teaching Idioms, Learning Slang Teaching idioms (a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., raining cats and dogs, see the light ) (from Google) is one of the more difficult lessons to teach in English language tea
Language within a language When I lived in Turkey, I began to learn some political language in Turkish, by capturing vocabulary from conversations, photographing and analyzing election billboards, and talking about political resistance with friends. Now I often wonder what it’s like f
Vocabulary of the Social Change Community Over a year a ago, I took a position as Provincial Organizer with Dogwood, an organization that brings together local people to defend air, land, and water in B.C. I notice that since then, I have adopted a new set of words and ways of using c
English Sounds Different in England I am on holiday in London, England. April 23rd was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s prolific work inspired new vocabulary and phrases still used today. Have you ever “been in a pickle?” (The Tempest
English Language teaching through movies and tv shows: Can we watch a movie? …Can we watch a movie now? During mid-terms and into the half-way point of the course, something has happened. It’s a bit of a slippery slope when you start showing movies in class. After some dis
Basically The federal government of Canada has cut $17 million in funding for adult ESL training in the province of British Columbia (B.C.), specifically funding delivered through public colleges. Background There is a bit of blurriness around the jurisdiction of adult ESL training. T
A Social Justice Tip for English Language Teachers I speak often about incorporating social justice themes into language lessons. For example, recently I posted a list of Spanish social justice subjunctive sentences. This week, I will switch the focus to teaching English modal verbs.