Never in my classroom -comprehension of the native speaker

Ya losing ya Mojo arent ya? You are so different to speak to? But …. what do you mean,…. erm my accent? No your vocabulary, you use unusual words not like the other guys. This compliment and exchange at a recent friends birthday party made me mull over yet again the point of lingo usage […]

Never in my classroom is the problem the native speaker?

Let me return to the flummoxedness of my first few weeks teaching in 2013. Apologies to those of you who are not so techy minded, but it may interest you all the same. Normally if we are to believe linguistic theory, as communicators we accommodate our partners in order to aid comprehension. Unless we are […]

Never in my classroom – mislabelling & moving on

Recently during my local Aldi weekly shop I have noticed a lot of mislabelling going on. Wrong prices, wrong product or product is not what it says on the wobbler. This I think is due to human resources and some restructuring in the store layout. My milk and juice is just not where it used […]

Never in my classroom – inebriation & Create 5

      picture courtesy of the OXID guy; one of my first IT students. Started the ball rolling for this IT English specialist. Germans and IT Geeks have no sense of humour, so they say. One of the reasons I like my job is the surprises. Luv students who are open to new teaching […]

Never in my classroom – assisting immersion activities.

One of the biggest mistakes is to believe lingo acquisition is just about regular lesson attendance (these can give you input, insight or structure) and not properly immersing oneself in the culture and the language. It is very difficult unless you are a natural lingo learner or have really absorbed yourself in lingo learning to know what […]

English Summer School – spelling & more…

theLingoGuy classroom rule book Rule # 1 Go in with a plan Over the last two years I have took the time to come down from a course before fully reflecting on it. No knee jerk reactions and especially as I use a lot of energy in lessons, no decisions in the heat of emotion, elation or […]

Never in my classroom – “the Muttiheft approach”

PART 3 theLingoGuy classroom rule book Rule # 1 Go in with a plan If you have been following the blog, and think that this is my normal approach, then think again. The anti-thesis is the book approach. Something I do on occasion, due to extraneous circumstances. But I do have to, to steal a […]

Never in my classroom – what, no plan!

PART 2 During the two weeks of the Summer School, I stuck with a task despite some initial concerns. The first time I ran it there was some confusion, as to the exact nature of the exercise by one perplexed student, and what her role was. Before the lesson try to determine those students who […]

More European- lingo & multi-culti Olympic gems

In no way whatsoever am I a fan of the hype behind the Olympics, the mismanagement of tickets or some of the exclusivity contracts made between the organizers and the sponsors. However there have been some lingo and cultural gems hidden in the media deluge. Most recently exposing American athletes to the genuine Cockney accent. Here you […]