This article gives an overview of the topic of collocation in English language teaching and shows how this is a key area of study for advanced level students. This is the first of two articles on the topic. The second article - Collocation with advanced learners 2 - provides classroom activities for the study and practice of collocations.
Reading and listening texts are often used in the ELT classroom to practise receptive skills and/or as the introduction to a topic or language point.
This article, informed by the Lexical Approach, reflects on grammar instruction in the classroom and makes suggestions on how it can be 'lexicalised'.
Intonation is crucial for communication but many teachers don't feel confident about tackling it in the ESOL classroom.
Sentence stress is a difficult area to work on for ESOL learners and teachers alike. For this reason it's also an area which is often neglected, but this aspect of the language can cause problems for learners in both their speaking and perhaps more importantly listening.
What is it that native speakers do when stringing words together that causes so many problems for students?
The range of technology available to ESOL teachers is increasing (although some contexts remain under-resourced). Where technology is available, it is important to consider both its disadvantages as well as its benefits.
Concordancers have enabled linguists to create and analyse huge corpora (collections of authentic language text) and to reassess the assumed rules regarding the way we use language and especially words.
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