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.
Why the UK is going to suffer from its failure to create the infrastructure for true broadband.
A look at how our Delphi forum went wrong.
About Cockney Rhyming Slang and a discussion on whether splitting infinitives is wrong.
Creationism is being taught in a number of academies in the UK.
A look at what is wrong with Dave ESL Cafe.com.
A look at whether English language examinations stop students from learning real English.
Can computers correct students' writing?
How the Internet offers an alternative to the world of EFL/ESL course books.
A look at whether Emotional Intelligence has anything to offer ESL.
Comments on English as an International Language, English Spelling, and Are Numbers Infinite?
A look at English irregular verbs and the free download available from UsingEnglish.com.
A look at English language school franchises in Japan.
A look at the profitability of the largest chain of franchises in Japan.
Is ESL employment in the doldrums?
A look at how we try to structure our Quizzes and Testing Section.
Is ILT necessarily an impoverished 'factoid' way of learning?
Foreign languages are no longer compulsory in Britain.
Has Humanistic ESL teaching had its day?
A survey of whether FE Colleges in the UK have external computer access for their students.
ILT in learning English in schools and colleges in the UK.
A look at whether native or non-native speakers are better nowadays.
A look at whether language polls can reflect usage and help ESL learners.
Comments on Wilhelm von Humboldt's phrase that language is 'the infinite use of finite means'
Does language shape thought? Like all the best debates, the argument over whether thought controls language or language controls thought is ultimately unprovable.
Can the educational bloggers make money?
Comments on 'Using ICT to share the tools of the teaching trade: A report on Open Source Teaching' February 2004, Becta
A look at separable and inseparable phrasal verbs in our phrasal verb dictionary.
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?
Is inversion worth teaching?
Some thoughts about the argument put forward by Steels and MacWhinney, in contrast to that put forward by Chomsky and Pinker.
A look at the arrival of the Silver Ring Thing in the UK.
A look at the problems with UKeU, the government's flagship for UK university education online.