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Are there any languages besides English of which teachers are commonly monolingual?

Many teachers of English are monolingual in this language. In job postings, it is seldom required that they be at all conversational in the language of the country where they are to be employed. If ...
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How to find other people to improve English speaking ability?

I'm an intermediate student of English. I would like to improve my speaking skills. How can I join an online group to speak with other students?
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What should be included or removed in a syllabus to teach local students English for academic purposes?

Which of the following topics should be included or removed in a syllabus to teach local students English for academic purposes? Nouns: Singular and Plural / Countable and Uncountable Pronouns: ...
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Negative questions in (English language) listening tests

I work for a company that produces ELT materials. We write various kinds of reading and listening passages, followed by comprehension questions. Our staff writers use the "What is NOT true" ...
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Usage of comma of full stop in direct speech [closed]

My daughter asked me if this is correct or not - "We've first got to put the shelves together, then find a way to put them up," said Hermione, in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. - my answer ...
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Esperanto: English or Spanish

I'm trying to learn Esperanto. I speak fluent English and Spanish and a A2 of German. I was wondering how it would be easier to learn it. Should I translate it to English or Spanish. I guess my ...
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Is the 'Case' in English the same as 'Vibhakti' in Sanskrit?

So I just read about the category of 'case' in linguistic grammar. I wished to know if this 'case' is the same as 'vibhakti' in Sanskrit, wherein the nouns have to end with a particular sound as per ...
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Do “Subject Matter” and “Pedagogical Content Knowledge” mean the same things in ESL/EFL?

Do "Subject Matter" and "Pedagogical Content Knowledge" mean the same things in ESL/EFL?
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Examples of short English presentations about computer science with advanced English

I will have English exam in few days. I am preparing for one part of exam – 12 minutes long oral presentation. Presentation should summarize some text with topic connected to computer science based on ...
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How to improve my English skills while using it daily with people who are not proficient in using it, without absorbing their mistakes?

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have been speaking English for 5 years (the university I went to was an English-medium university). Since then, I have been using it for all my academic work. ...
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English words by CEFR level - open source

Are there any open source data that categorizes English words based on CEFR levl and is available to download? As an example I found https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/wordlists/oxford3000-...
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Is it possible to become fluent in pre-12th century English?

I would really like to learn to speak Old English, but it seems that spelling and pronunciation weren't exactly standardized in the early medieval times. In fact, I'm not sure we know much about Old ...
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Which activities are appropriate for which age group?

When preparing for an ESL lesson various activities are included in various stages of a lesson plan. For instance, milling, drilling, info Gap, Gap filling, and so on. How do I know which activities ...
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What are the components of English Language teaching?

As far as I understand teaching English means: Teaching how to listen in English Teaching how to speak in English Teaching how to read in English Teaching how to write in English But, what are their ...
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How can someone already well read in English improve upon the language?

I am an Indian who has studied in English medium schools all my life. I have a strong grasp of basic English but still face difficulty sometimes. Be it phrasing some ideas into words or pronouncing ...
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English -> Tamil, Windows desktop dictonaries available?

Are there any English -> Tamil dictionaries available as desktop software for Microsoft Windows? The following characteristics would be ideal: Freeware No advertisements Available offline
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Is it more difficult for a native Chinese speaker to learn English, or vice versa?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and it was an excruciating journey for me to learn English. My personal belief is that the reason lies in the linguistics, namely the Chinese language may be somewhat ...
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How to look up for literary and informal expressions meaning?

I'm using Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 9th edition as a source for definitions but sometimes it doesn't show informal or literary expressions even if they are very common especially when the ...
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Characteristics or Preferences of Age Groups When Learning/Acquiring a Language [duplicate]

I've been looking for some research studies to get into more depth about the characteristics of age groups when learning a language. My main focus is on ages of 17 and 18 (basically, when teenagers ...
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Is learning English as a second language a skill or a knowledge?

I think learning English is not just learning a skill like other skills (for example carpentry) because learning is also knowledge based, like history and physics. Language helps us ...
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How important is IPA to learn pronunciation for learners with non-roman alphabet

I think there is general agreement that IPA is crucial for learning pronunciation of a language like English, because there are no strict rules of pronunciation, and plenty of exceptions. IPA is ...
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Some good sources about textbooks in secondary education (ESL) in France/Germany/Netherlands/Turkey/Spain?

I'm currently writing a paper on modern ELS in national secondary schools in Europe, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States after 2000, and it is hard to understand where to start, when it ...
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Why we could say “I did it my way”? [closed]

I guess we usually say "I did it in this way", but I can find such below: 1. "I did it my way"; 2. "Everthing he achieved in life was earned the hard way". so we can just omit the "in"?
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Is the core of teaching a second language like English intelligibility or native like fluency? [closed]

I think the core of teaching English as second language should be intelligibility but not native like fluency. This is not just my personal opinion but it is the opinion of many scholars who make ...
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Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English?

Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English? It need not contain all or even most of the sounds in English. Just no additional ones that native English speakers ...
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Any English learning resources similar to Pimsleur, but suitable for intermediate to advanced speakers?

I like Pimsleur because it teaches you to speak in the context of full sentences and dialogs rather than isolated grammar rules and vocabulary lists. Are there any similar resources for learning more ...
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Proficiency or competency scale for the learner

There are a lot of ways of assessing verbal proficiency in a language. Unsurprisingly, most of the research and teaching material are for language teachers and researchers. However, I was wondering ...
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Which books use etymology and derivational morphology to teach English for L1 Cantonese and Mandarin speakers?

My friend's native languages are Cantonese and Mandarin. She rates herself at B1. Peer-reviewed research substantiates that etymology can assist in learning vocabulary. See Google Scholar. English SE ...
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Can English people understand my English even if I do not use English grammar, but just words, adverbs and context?

I would say English language is way too difficult because of its grammar. For example, we have to conjugate many different tenses. Other languages such as Vietnamese do not conjugate tenses. For ...
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Helping a Chinese native improve her advanced-level English

I'm helping a middle-aged, college-educated woman from mainland China improve her English. This is a hard-working, well-educated, highly-self-motivated student. She has lived in the USA for many years....
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Which online English dictionary is good for etymology, British spelling and pronunciation, as well as idioms?

There are several English-English dictionaries online; in addition to Wiktionary and Tatoeba (kind of) and no doubt other folk-edited dictionaries, there seem to be some curated ones: Cambridge, ...
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Are graded readers with monolingual glossaries commonly available?

I’ve been using the book “Read and Think Spanish” to improve my Spanish, and it’s been a great resource, because it provides information about vocabulary or short phrases, but otherwise is just an ...
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What's the most complete book on English grammar?

I'm a foreigner who has never studied an English grammar book before and who now has the necessity to not only study the topic, but to know everything a good speaker should know. For this reason I ...
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Is there a book that teaches the main exceptions to English spelling rules?

I've got books on the rules, now it's exception time!
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How to continue improving my English despite the lack of immediate need?

I am originally from Russia and I've been living in the UK for the past 5 years. I work in IT so the requirements for English are not very high. I speak and write well enough to be understood by my ...
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Which language comes near to English to learn easily?

I want to learn multiple languages but looking out for nearest languages to English, only to speak. I currently speak Hindi, English, Telugu, and Urdu, where Hindi and Urdu are the nearest relatives.
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Is there search software for text that contains specific words?

To give an example. Here is a list of suggested words and phrases which students should learn. http://ncp.ge/en/inglisuri-ena/datskebiti-safekhuri-done-i-ii-iii-iv-di-dii-diii-div I'm looking for a ...
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Tongue exercises relaxation (Flap T/D)

I have a question about pronunciation. I've been studying English practically for my whole life, but for some reason I have such a hard time pronouncing the FLAP T. I do know how to make it perfectly, ...
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What's the most efficient way of improving English listening skills?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and I have lived in Toronto for 8 years since the time I was 18 years old. But my English listening skills are pretty poor. I cannot understand the movies in the theater ...
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Is it a good idea to practice American English by listening to radio from the USA?

While I was looking for a better way to practice American English I found a website, where you can find radio channels from all over the world. Do you think it is a good idea to practice your ...
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What are the effective ways to learn and remember any word. And use that in the right way

I am having trouble with picking the right word for the context that I am talking about. To get rid of the problem I practiced to find all the forms of any word that I encountered ever through books, ...
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Choosing the right TOEIC test

I'm looking for an internship in Amsterdam and I was wondering which TOEIC test would best help boost my resume ? Would it be adequate for an internship ?
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English grammar books with exercises and answer key for self study (A2 - B2)

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for English (as a second/foreign language) that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in English, i.e. all grammar rules ...
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How can I improve my accent?

I can hear that I have some sort of non-native accent, but I just can't identify what's making me sound different. Is it the intonation and word stress? Are there certain words or sounds that I'm not ...
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Using he/she when speaking quickly

I am reasonably fluent with English and can express arbitrary thoughts by using it. However, when speaking fast, I often use the wrong pronoun (from "he" or "she"). I am also aware of "they", which I ...
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How to find out your own English level?

I want to find out my English level (A1-C2). I thought it will be a good idea to find some placement tests. Where I can find some free, good English placement tests with some feedback?
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Should I learn English from the UK if am I learning English from USA?

I'm learning still English and in some blogs and friends always tell me that I should I learn English from the UK and American at the same time, but for me it is something hard to learn both ways of ...
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In Anki, do you have any effective methods for learning words with multiple meanings? [duplicate]

I have been learning English for over a decade now, and my ultimate goal is to reach level C2. With that in mind, I use Anki as my base of vocabulary. A very specific problem has been haunting me ...
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Which American accent to learn for differentiating the most words

Like in many countries, the USA has many different dialects and accents including the General American accent. Several years ago, a group at Harvard did an American dialect survey that further ...
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Similar Languages to South-Slavic/Balkan

I am going to be travelling through the western Balkans (specifically Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania) and would like to learn some of the spoken ...