In this episode of the TEFL show Robert William McCaul interviews Cecilia Nobre, an ESOL teacher, a regular conference speaker and blogger, about a novel way she was involved in to learn English on that long commute to work!
We also chat about her experiences as a language learner & how she managed to learn English so well, why she’s learning Czech now and how she’s helping non-native English teachers improve their proficiency.
Cecilia, from Brazil, has been teaching since 1999. She graduated with a BA in Portuguese and English and went on to live in the UK for 3 years where she taught Portuguese. She’s done a postgraduate course in English and she’s been teaching 1:1 online for 3 months and is developing her career as an online teacher. She is particularly interested in materials design and applying Corpus L in ELT contexts (classroom and digital materials)
She also chose and developed the materials for ‘English on the Road’ (Business Result by Oxford and I created the course syllabus)
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The United States is now the second largest Spanish speaking country after Mexico (128 million) according to a new report on the language commissioned by the highly respected Instituto Cervantes. According to the report, in the USA, the language boasts 41 million native speakers, as well as a further 11.6 million who are bilingual with English.This gives the US more Spanish speakers than Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) (figures reported in the Guardian Newspaper on 29th June 2015). The US Census office predicts that the country will have over 128 million Spanish speakers by 2050. This will mean that fully one third of US citizens will be Spanish speaking in just over 30 years time.
So why is Spanish in the US so hidden & why does it retain a minority language status even in the parts of the nation where its speakers are in the majority such as Los Angeles? How is the language being used today in the country, in the mainstream media, politics and society? Why is the language sometimes perceived as a threat? Why does Spanish still seem not to be associated with the US in Europe? Explore US Spanish with Robert William McCaul & Marek Kiczkowiak on the award-winning language podcast: the TEFL show.
(Image courtesy of the US Census Bureau & Day Transactions)
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Can we learn a second language like we learned our first?
Why do children seem to have such an easy time picking up their native tongue while we adults tend to struggle for years with a second language and never make it much beyond intermediate level? Can we acquire a language in the same way as kids do their first? Read my article on British Council Voices Magazine exploring some of the ideas of Steven Krashen & their classroom implications.
Robert William McCaul and Marek Kiczkowiak debate the merits of Krashen’s theories on second language acquisition. Can second languages be learned in the same way in which young children pick up their first language? What implications does this have for the ELT classroom? How much formal grammar should we teach learners? An old debate but an important one…
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