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TESOL – Cross-linguistic Influences

I have chosen to focus on a project I am currently involved with. The target group are Somali refugees. The project is an English Language group, for English learners who are undergoing an intense, fulltime course of English language study. Cross-linguistic influences are important in this project especially in the field of Interlanguage Pragmatics (IP). …

TESOL – Bilingualism

I have chosen to focus on a project I am currently involved with. The target group are Somali refugees. The project is an English Language group, for English learners who are undergoing an intense, fulltime course of English language study. Bilingualism and bilingual education seem to go together with IP, in that many bilingual people …

TESOL – Critical Period Hypothesis

Is the research challenging the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH) sufficient to refute it? Introduction Over the past decades, the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH) has enjoyed popularity. It states that individuals past the age of about thirteen are worse at learning a language than younger learners (DeKeyser, 2000). More recently, research has refined and even refuted …

TESOL – Teaching Grammar in China

The teaching sequence presented here is thirty minutes of grammar from a two hour lesson for intermediate level academic skills students. The essay will first look at the context in which the sequence was taught, then review literature relevant to the teaching of grammar and finally present a rationale for the teaching sequence in terms …

TESOL – Teaching Writing: Letter of Complaint

The need to write business documents, including business letters, in English is becoming more and more important, as economic globalisation programs become central policies in developing countries. Many writers using a second language for business letters often use rhetoric from their first language when writing such letters (Park et al, 1998). First language users reading …

TESOL – IELTS Speaking Test

Test purpose According to the IELTS website (2013), there are actually two IELTS tests; an academic version and a general training version. The speaking test is the same for both versions. The academic version is for students who want to enrol in universities or higher education institutions, or for professional such as doctors that want …

TESOL – World Englishes

The subject of World Englishes has drawn a lot of attention in recent years, and this literature review will try to bring some of the recent research on the topic into context. In the literature section, I will begin with a description of what World Englishes are, examine two theoretical concepts and look at some of the different varieties …

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