Humanising Language Teaching
The six exercises below are taken from Using the Mother Tongue, written by Sheelagh Deller and Mario Rinvolucri, which has just come out ( November 24th, 2002, with ETp-Delta.
Here are the activities:
If you teach beginners of whatever age, you will find this book invaluable.
If you teach translation, there are many things here that will make sense to you.
If you hold the commonsensical view that students come to English with their mother tongue in mind, you will find this book is on your wave length.
If you know any of those native speakers of English who has remained blissfully monolingual over many years working with EFL students, this book would make a pretty good, barbed New Year present for them.
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