FE pod ep 0145 – Does technology always help you learn English?

In this episode I talk about the use of technology in the language learning process. I start by talking about the positive points of using technology to learn English. Then I move on to discuss some ways in which technology can actually become a barrier to learning and how you can deal with this.

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FE pod ep 0144 – The problematic nature of prepositions

In this episode I talk about the problematic nature of prepositions. I start by talking about prepositions and their problematic nature to learners of English. Then I basically propose three levels of difficulty and make my comments on how you can deal with them.

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FE pod ep 0138 – Challenges teachers face when teaching adults learners

In this episode I talk about some of the challenges teachers face when teaching adult learners. I basically talk about two aspects which I think are important to consider: background knowledge and motivation.

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FE pod ep 0115 – Interview with two students who are moving to Canada

In this episode I interview two students from Brazil who are moving to Canada. They talk about their expectations and the preparation to move abroad. We also talked about the weather, finding jobs, meeting people, language and culture related issues. 

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FE pod ep 0111 – Prescriptivism and Descriptivism

In this episode I talk about Prescriptivism and Descriptivism. I start by discussing the main idea behind these two approaches to grammar. Then I move on to talk about how these views are important in different contexts and how we as learners can make use of the rationale behind them in different stages of our learning process.

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FE pod ep 0102 – Studying English in an English-speaking country

In this episode I talk about studying English in an English-speaking country. I start by discussing some of the questions that learners should bear in mind before considering going abroad to study English. I talk about the main reasons why some learners decide to study English abroad and how effective and worthwhile this experience may be.

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FE pod ep 0097 – Interview with a friend who moved to US recently

In this episode I interview a friend from Brazil who moved to US recently. She talked about her impressions of US and her life there. We also talked about the weather, meeting people, language and her plans for the future. 

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FE pod ep 0093 – So what is fluency?

In this episode I talk about fluency. I start by discussing what some learners believe fluency is and how this can affect their progress in their language learning process. Then, I talk about a blog post written by Rob Howard which has some interesting ideas on this topic.

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FE pod ep 0089 – How long does it take to learn English?

In this episode I talk about how long it takes to learn English. I start by discussing some other questions that learners should bear in mind before considering how long it will take. Then, I talk about the number of hours learners usually take to reach different levels of proficiency in language.

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FE pod ep 0084 – Active and passive vocabulary

In this episode I talk about the difference between active and passive vocabulary. I start by discussing the difference, then I read an article that I found on the Internet about that and make my comments. I also give a few tips on how language learners can deal with this issue.

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