Speaking Out Article Archive

This is a collection of thoughts, comments and articles regarding some of the issues and discussion points that have been raised in our English Discussion Forums. Many topics have links to related discussions and polls to be found in our forums so that you can read up on what other people have had to say on these points, and of course you can add your own opinions to any or all of them.

Broadband Britain- Backwards to the Future

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Why the UK is going to suffer from its failure to create the infrastructure for true broadband.

Burnout in the Flame Wars

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at how our Delphi forum went wrong.

Cockney Rhyming Slang

Category: General Articles Topic: General
About Cockney Rhyming Slang and a discussion on whether splitting infinitives is wrong.

Creationism in UK Schools

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Creationism is being taught in a number of academies in the UK.

Dave's ESL Cafe

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at what is wrong with Dave ESL Cafe.com.

Do Exams Damage Learning?

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at whether English language examinations stop students from learning real English.

E-Raters in Marking Students' Writing

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Can computers correct students' writing?

EFLese Course Materials

Category: General Articles Topic: General
How the Internet offers an alternative to the world of EFL/ESL course books.

Emotional Intelligence in ESL

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at whether Emotional Intelligence has anything to offer ESL.

English as an International Language

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Comments on English as an International Language, English Spelling, and Are Numbers Infinite?

English Teaching Franchises

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at English language school franchises in Japan.

English Teaching Franchises 2

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at the profitability of the largest chain of franchises in Japan.

English, a Crazy Language Indeed!

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A couple of light-hearted and entertaining looks at the English language and why it can sometimes be so confusing to learn.

ESL Employment

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Is ESL employment in the doldrums?

ESL Quizzes and Tests

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at how we try to structure our Quizzes and Testing Section.

Factoid Learning

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Is ILT necessarily an impoverished 'factoid' way of learning?

Fora & Forums

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Many speakers of English maintain that the correct plural of forum is fora rather than forums because it is a word of Latin origin, but is this right?

Foreign Language Learning

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Foreign languages are no longer compulsory in Britain.

Humanistic Teaching

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Has Humanistic ESL teaching had its day?

ILT Access in Further Education in the UK

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A survey of whether FE Colleges in the UK have external computer access for their students.

ILT in Learning English

Category: General Articles Topic: General
ILT in learning English in schools and colleges in the UK.

International English?

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at whether native or non-native speakers are better nowadays.

Internet Language Polls

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at whether language polls can reflect usage and help ESL learners.

Is English an easy language to learn?

Category: Learning English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Some people say English is an easy language to learn, and others that it is the most difficult. Many speakers of languages are proud to say that their language is one of the hardest of all. But is this true? Are some languages harder than others?

Language and Culture

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Cross-cultural awareness training should be part of any English language instruction since culture teaches us what is appropriate to say and do, says Stefan Chiarantano

Language, Thought & Sapir-Whorf

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Does language shape thought? Like all the best debates, the argument over whether thought controls language or language controls thought is ultimately unprovable.

Learn Grammar; I didn't!

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Should grammar be taught to native speakers or not?

Monetizing Educational Blogs

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Can the educational bloggers make money?

Open Source Teaching

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Comments on 'Using ICT to share the tools of the teaching trade: A report on Open Source Teaching' February 2004, Becta

Separable and Inseparable English Phrasal Verbs

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at separable and inseparable phrasal verbs in our phrasal verb dictionary.

Swear words

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Do they have a place in the EFL classroom, or is it considered taboo?

Taking Control of the English Language

Category: Learning English Topic: General
Tips on how you can speak and communicate better in English. How can I express myself better in English? How can I listen to and understand English better? How can I improve?

Teaching Inversion

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Is inversion worth teaching?

The Origin of Language Debate

Category: General Articles Topic: General
Some thoughts about the argument put forward by Steels and MacWhinney, in contrast to that put forward by Chomsky and Pinker.

The Pimsleur Method

Category: Learning English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The Pimsleur Method is heavily advertised on the internet at the moment, but is it all it's touted to be?

The Silver Ring Thing

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at the arrival of the Silver Ring Thing in the UK.

UKeU

Category: General Articles Topic: General
A look at the problems with UKeU, the government's flagship for UK university education online.

When Did Forward Thinking Become a Thing Of The Past?

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Thoughts on the lag in the effective use of the Internet in teaching second languages

Who Needs Proof?

Category: General Articles Topic: General
In these modern days of grammar and spellcheckers, what's the point of proofreading?

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