Here's an interesting article on being multilingual: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220719-how-speaking-other-languages-changes-your-brain
How our brains cope with speaking more than one language
Speaking a second or even a third language can bring obvious advantages, but occasionally the words, grammar and even accents can get mixed up.
Thanks to all my students for your lovely words in cards and for your gifts (I've already eaten the dark chocolate!) I look forward to continuing to work with you, some of you through the summer and some of you from September.
For those struggling with homophones... https://thelanguagenerds.com/2020/54-clever-illustrations-of-words-that-sound-the-same-but-they-have-different-meanings/
54 Clever Illustrations of Words That Sound The Same But Have Different Meanings.
54 Clever Illustrations of Words That Sound The Same But Have Different Meanings. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of homophones before. They’re those words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and spellings, and this is why they confuse a lot of people. But homophones can ...
Happy International Women's Day! https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/general-english/magazine-zone/international-womens-day
International Women's Day
March 8 is International Women's Day, but the global campaigns for equal rights for women continue all year round. Read more about in this article.
It was great taking four of my GCSE English students to see Macbeth on Saturday, all of whom have English as a second language. The performance at the Almeida Theatre was brilliant and the students enjoyed seeing the play brought to life on stage.
We were delighted to receive this wonderful feedback from Patrick regarding his experience as an ESOL learner 😊:
"As regards my experience at ESOL, more in line with academic aspect, I can’t help thinking about Mrs Sarah BRIAULT-SMITH who has been the greatest teacher I have ever met (In my whole school years !). She was full of academic qualities, very professional and was very clever.
It was a real pleasure to attend her classes were existed a stress-free, joyful and friendly atmosphere.
I was literally flabbergasted about the quick progress I did in English. Thanks to her, I was smoothly able to face the business world and meet customers.
All her lessons were cleverly targeted on their students gaps. So, no waist of time. She focused only on what is essential.
Furthermore, she always managed to be firm and kind in the same time. She was often up to swap jokes and have a huge sense of retort.
In short, there’re not enough superlatives to describe her. I’d certainly repeat a class with her without batting an eye 😊
Now, the most challenging part, a simple and concise feedback to summarise my experience at ESOL. I really appreciated the advanced teaching skills at ESOL as well as a very pleasant and joyful atmosphere in each class which helped me to gain confidence and fast-tracked me into the English culture and the business world in no time!"
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A great thank you card from my hard-working students and an excellent way to sum up online teaching and learning in groups during lockdown! It's been challenging but fun.
I am thrilled to have been graded 'outstanding' in my recent lesson observation as an employed ESOL teacher in adult education.
Here's a quick quiz:
The word "advice" is
a) an uncountable noun
b) a verb
c) a countable noun
Write your answer below.
For anyone helping their kids with phonics, here's an excellent way to support their learning: https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Teach Your Monster to Read
The groundbreaking reading and phonics game.
If anyone has children who need help catching up, I have after school online tutoring slots available for secondary school English tuition, French and German.
Lockdown pupils 'three months behind in learning'
Boys and poorer pupils are worst affected, a survey of more than 3,000 teachers suggests.
Do your kids need a refresher before heading back to school? Spaces available for online English tuition (via Skype) for secondary school pupils aiming for GCSE English Literature and Language. Email me or message me for availability and prices.
I'm also offering French and German tuition.
It's Shakespeare's birthday today. Here are some words and phrases that were invented by Shakespeare or used in his plays that we still use today: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/intermediate/unit-29/session-1
BBC Learning English - Course: intermediate / Unit 29 / Session 1 / Activity 1
Learning English doesn't take forever and a day! These phrases from William Shakespeare's plays are still in use today. Find out more with Finn and Neil...
Home-schooling next week? Watch BBC Bitesize Daily from 9am on Monday on and Red Button!
Here's the schedule for Week 1! 👇
Here is something to help you remember the spelling of words that sound the same (homophones)
54 Clever Illustrations of Words That Sound The Same But Have Different Meanings.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of homophones before. They’re those words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and spellings, and this is why they confuse a l…
Just in case anyone is unsure how GCSEs, AS and A Levels are being graded this year :
GCSEs, AS and A level awarding: summer 2020
Information for schools, students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.
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Learn about adjectives and adverbs: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-2/session-1/activity-3
BBC Learning English - Course: lower intermediate / Unit 2 / Session 1 / Activity 3
Do you like fashion? Is being fashionable important to you - or do you hate dressing fashionably? Join Finn and Alice as they discuss adjectives and adverbs. Learn some fashion-related vocabulary and see if you can get top marks in our quiz.
Today is April Fool's Day! The world feels so strange at the moment, so I'm not sure many tricks would work! What do you think? https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/uk-now/read-uk/april-fools-day
April Fool’s Day
Is there a special day for jokes and tricks in your country? Do you like playing tricks on people? If you’re ever in the UK on 1 April, you’d better watch out!
What is your favourite quote from Macbeth?
Shakespeare - Macbeth
Scotland is at war, and the hero of the battle is Macbeth. This is the story of Macbeth's rise to power, and the terrible consequences of his ambition.
Here are some children's stories to help your children learn English:
BBC Learning English - Stories for Children
A series of animated short stories to help children learn English with their parents.
If you're homeschooling your children, here's a great resource to help: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach
Free primary and secondary school teaching resources - BBC Teach
Thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos for your classroom, arranged by subject and age-group; Live Lessons presented by top BBC talent; educational campaigns including Super Movers and Bring the Noise.
How have you celebrated International Women's Day? Which women inspire you?
International Women's Day: Who inspires you?
Who inspires you? Perhaps it's a famous woman, or maybe it's someone from your family. Watch some people talking about this question in the video.
There are quite a lot of ways to use 'quite':
BBC Learning English - Course: English In A Minute / Unit 2 / Session 8 / Activity 1
Welcome to English In A Minute. Give us a minute and we'll give you a hot tip about English. Grammar, vocabulary... there's so much to learn! And all taught by your favourite BBC Learning English staff!
How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Is it worth celebrating or is it just a commercial, money making event? Read the article to find out the history and some fun facts about Valentine's Day: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/general-english/magazine/valentines-day
Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries, but what are the differences between today's celebration and in the past? Read the text to find out some curious facts about the most romantic day of the year.