Jargon in TEFL

Jargon is a specialized language used by people in a certain profession, job or activity. To an outsider it may seem unintelligible, but to a member of that group it is obvious and useful to explain sometimes esoteric points. Like many other groups, English teachers have their own jargon:participle, false […]


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I before E except after C

Does the rule, I before E except after C actually work? Here we are using a concordancer to check whether it’s true or not. The results may surprise you. This example demonstrates an approach to using a concordancer in investigating a particular aspect of language. NB The results were exported […]


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Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same but with very different meanings. The words are usually spelt differently or, if they are spelt the same, come from different roots. For example, the words may be spelt the same, such as rose (as in the flower) and rose (as in the […]


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Homographs

Homographs are words which have the same spelling but different meanings. They may or may not have the same pronunciation. Here the word has the same spelling and pronunciation, but different meanings: bear – beə (a big animal living in Yellowstone park) bear – beə (to carry a burden or […]


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Hangman – Vocabulary Activity

Hangman is a traditional, simple game which is useful as a five minute filler for practicing vocabulary‏‎. Variations of the game and played in many different countries so one advantage is that some students will already know the game in their own language (see below). Playing the Game Choose a […]


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