Monthly Archives: June 2005

Travel notes

I was in Europe for much of June, in Sweden, London and then attending a conference on Language Instruction and the Corporate Sector in Duesseldorf. I also attended a wedding in Le Havre. France and then took it easy in a 500 year old house in a s… Continue reading

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Audio books.

When using audio books for language improvement should you listen to the whole book? In many cases I just listen to parts of these books. It is useful to then read these same parts and then listen again. The idea is to bathe your mind with the lan… Continue reading

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Acing the TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS: Scams?

I continue to see ads like these popping up all over the internet: RAISE YOUR TOEIC SCORE OVERNIGHT TOEIC SECRETS BEAT THE TOEIC CHEAT THE TOEIC TEST You can substitute TOEFL or IELTS in any of those ads. Indeed, one enterprising (but perhaps not … Continue reading

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More on the dictionary

I really appreciate the interest that ESL learner has in the subject of language learning. I look forward to our cup of espresso here in Vancouver one day. What I mean my real content is anything that the learner is genuinely interested in and tha… Continue reading

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The Dictionary

“ESL Learner” defends the use of the dictionary in a comment here. Of course we need a dictionary but the less time we spend in the dictionary the better. We should read on line and use on line dictionaries like Babylon and Kingsoft. In this way w… Continue reading

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In answer to Cliff; boring content

The boring nature of most learner content is a real problem in language learning. Going after interesting content is often too difficult because there are too many new words and phrases. What can we do? While some learners like dictionaries, I do … Continue reading

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A rose by any other name

What’s in a name? Someone asked if Chinese people should adopt Western names if they live in a Western country like Canada, and how to choose the name. I think it is like asking what colour shirt to wear. It depends on the person and the circumsta… Continue reading

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