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From a language teacher ‘s diary

Dear Diary,

Sometimes I ask myself if anything that I do makes any sense. What is my goal in life? Where do I go? What is the purpose of my existence?! Yesterday I had a lesson with Robert. He seems unable to remember to use articles in front of nouns, although we have practiced it for ages now. It is still: ‘I went to cinema to see film’. I have used all my language teacher tricks of trade: explanation, examples, drills, comparison, I pleaded with him and threatened him…. Nothing seems to work! Continue reading From a language teacher ‘s diary

Are YOU bilingual? – Definition of bilingualism

Most people would use the label ‘bilingual’ when speaking of a two-year-old of Polish-British origin, who at this stage of language acquisition governs about 200 words, while a Polish graduate in English philology, who may have spent a considerable amount of time in Great Britain and whose vocabulary consists of thousands of items, is not usually thought of as a bilingual. Continue reading Are YOU bilingual? – Definition of bilingualism