Massive Vocabulary Acquisition

Introduction by Marisa Constantinides This piece is an essay by one of my early Delta candidate which I have been planning to post on this blog for years. The reason is my fascination with the notion of massive vocabulary acquisition as reported in a paper by Paul Meara – lost to me and to  him as well!!! – inContinue reading “Massive Vocabulary Acquisition”

August 2020 News bulletin

  English for the 21st Century Skills – New Book!   We are pleased and proud to announce that we have contributed chapters in the recently published volume on ‘English for the 21st Century Skills’ edited by Sophia Mavridi and Daniel Xeri. It’s a great volume with expert contibutors from around the world, prefaced by Sugata MitraContinue reading “August 2020 News bulletin”

N is for New Information

N is for New Information Screenshot of front pages of papers Definition New information is information that is assumed by the speaker not to be known to or assumed by the addressee, or previously established in the discourse. Discussion New information typically is placed late in the sentence, and has a high amount of stress placed on the wordsContinue reading “N is for New Information”

C is for Coherence

Is she coherent?  Watch this much discussed video of a young beauty pageant contestant answering a question posed by the judges.  Thinking Tasks 1. Is Miss South Carolina coherent or not?   2. Read this text and say if it is coherent. Try to answer the following questions: Where was published? Who authored it? WhatContinue reading “C is for Coherence”

IATEFL 2015 | Marisa Constantinides: Evernote for teacher observation and teacher development | Workshop summary

Originally posted on Olya Sergeeva's ELT blog:
Abstract: A tutor, colleague or supervisor with a notepad taking field notes during a lesson is a common sight on teacher development courses. In this talk, I want to show how the use of Evernote can make teacher observations more effective and create an impact that can last longer, leading teachers in…

G is for Genre

Definition  Genre ( /ˈʒɑːnrə/ or /ˈdʒɑːnrə/; from French, genre French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ʁ], “kind” or “sort”, from Latin: genus (stem gener-), Greek: genos, γένος) is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or culture, e.g. music, and in general, any type of discourse, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres areContinue reading “G is for Genre”