Classroom diaries: an unusual spelling quiz

  Class profile A mix of bilingual/trilingual young learners, some of whom are “traditional” EFL students, while others have been exposed to English-speaking environments through school, family, etc. Age range: 7 to 11. Goals Review unit vocabulary and challenge two learners (today’s Helpers) who are using a more advanced book. Conduct group activities notwithstanding age … Read more

Multilingual is the new homogeneous!

Teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in Geneva, Switzerland Switzerland distinguishes itself from many countries with its four national languages (French, German, Italian, and Romanche), and dare I say, tongue-in-cheek, an unofficial fifth one (!!) if we add English to the equation. Nearly two-thirds are speakers of German, and the remaining third is split … Read more

f or ph for fffffffffff?

En anglais uniquement: We had some wonderful “Eureka” moments last week with 8 to 11 year old EFL (English as a foreign language) students while reviewing letters and vocabulary with a spelling game. The word dolphin came up – quite a tricky word for French speakers. On the one hand, the ph is maintained, but the French … Read more