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Listening skills and strategies for the EFL classroom

Helping our EFL learners develop effective listening skills By Joanna Nifli (MA TEFL/CELTA certified EFL instructor) http://joannanifli.com     Listening may be one of the passive skills in language teaching and learning but it should not be considered as passive at all. The listening process should be viewed as an active process that is not onlyContinue reading “Listening skills and strategies for the EFL classroom”

Individual learner differences: the importance of age, learner aptitude and different learning styles in SLA

Different views on the importance of age in SLA     There are many different views among language researchers on the importance of age in SLA. Some believe that age has no influence on SLA and that the environment in which learning takes place is the key factor. Others believe that there is a critical ageContinue reading “Individual learner differences: the importance of age, learner aptitude and different learning styles in SLA”

The role of input in second language development

    Krashen (1981, 1987) took a theory of first language acquisition largely developed by Chomsky and applied it to second language acquisition and development. Krashen assumes learning a second language is not like learning to, for example, ride a bicycle. Based on these beliefs, many researchers label him as a ‘mentalist’ to distinguish him fromContinue reading “The role of input in second language development”

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