Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?

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?

Activities for Young Learners and Young Adults

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

Highlights: 2019 Disruptive Education Conference

The 2019 Disruptive Education Conference happened last weekend, on April 6. It was a five-guest-speaker marathon on edupreneurship, immigration and learner autonomy. Ada Draeden and MC Anesh Daya Ada Draeden, expert on immigrant success, opened the conference with a talk on “Canadian English: How to Translate your Job Search”. As she states, “language does not … Continue reading Highlights: 2019 Disruptive Education Conference

The social impact of “Where are you from?”

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?”

How languages are learned – Part 2

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

Language Learning and The Growth Mindset – Part 1

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