A NNEST is a non-native English-speaking teacher as opposed to a NEST, native English-speaking teacher. Currently, about 1.5 billion people in the world speak English and of those, less than 400 million use it as their first language (L1) according to the World Economic Forum. Chances are most teachers of English as a Second Language … Continue reading Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?
My students using fortune-teller origami to generate discussions. Notice how much space there is in the room to allow for movement. In a recent blog titled “Teaching (VERY) Young Learners”, we promised a list of activities you can use not only with young learners, but also young adults and even adults. Without further ado, check … Continue reading Activities for Young Learners and Young Adults
Learner agency is not a new topic in education but it is, perhaps, the one we should be talking about the most. In general terms, agency is action that arises from deliberation and choice, or, in other words, the power to act.
Many of you out there might be getting ready to take an English Proficiency Exam. There are several reasons you might need to do it: professional advancement, further / international education, immigration. The fact of the matter is that most of us do not take tests for fun, so it is safe to say that … Continue reading Three steps to conquer CELPIP
While many students ask this, what they fail to understand is that learning a language does not mean only learning how to speak that language. Of course, it depends on your goal as a language learner; what are you hoping to achieve? If fluency is the focal point, then you should definitely focus on the … Continue reading Practicing Speaking English
Hi there! If you are new to Vertices Language Coaching, welcome! Our goal is to enable learners of English to truly develop and meet their goals at their own pace, based on their own needs. No learner is like another, so the support Vertices can give you is tailored exclusively to meet your needs. That … Continue reading English Conversation Circle
As soon as any student starts their journey towards becoming a speaker of English, a couple of pre-made sentences, a learner’s ‘toolkit’, is handed them. Statements such as “I am (name)” or “my name is (name)” are the tip of the iceberg. Soon after students are presented with the predictable and unskippable “he is”, “she … Continue reading The social impact of “Where are you from?”
I bet you don’t remember struggling to learn your native language, do you? 😉 Most likely you picked up the sounds and words and chunks from just being exposed to the language and from the fact that you had opportunities to use it. Whenever children have the chance to communicate, they do. The wonderful thing … Continue reading How languages are learned – Part 2
LEARNING A LANGUAGE: What it takes to succeed. Have you noticed that some people are always willing to take up a challenging task while others hesitate and abandon the mere idea of a challenge? How do you see yourself? Group A or B? Here at Vertices, we know that language learning is a process: a … Continue reading Language Learning and The Growth Mindset – Part 1