The Listening Monster: Language teacher tips for taking the sting out

Listening can be one of the most challenging skills in a foreign language. Image from freeimages.com.

Same objectives, different worlds – the polyglot and school classroom teaching communities strive for identical goals, but it often feels like they are leagues apart. It’s a perfect match waiting to be realised, as both have so much to learn… Continue reading

Five sure-fire ways to warm up for language lessons

Coloured Pencils

To get the most from any lesson, a good warm up always helps. That goes as much for one-to-oneĀ iTalkiĀ sessions, as it does for classroom learning. Prime your brain correctly, and it will be in just the right place to process… Continue reading

Podcast essentials: mining overseas charts

Headphones - great for listening to a podcast or ten!

As a podcast junkie, I’m always looking for new sources and recommendations for foreign language programmes. So I was particularly excited to happen across the website iTunesCharts.net recently. The site provides iTunes charts across a range of regional stores, including… Continue reading

Perfect podcast picks for language learners

Podcasts can be a perfect gateway to your own interests in the target language culture

The podcast has been a wonderful invention for the linguaphile. Just ten, twenty years ago, language aficionados would need all manner of equipment to tune in to overseas broadcasts. These days, thousands of them are just a click and a… Continue reading

Time to learn? Fitting languages into busy lives

Time is precious

As a language geek, I’m often asked: “how do you find the time?”. My answer: most of the time, I don’t. Most self-directed learning is an imperfect process. Adults don’t have time to subdivide their day into neat lesson-shaped slots,… Continue reading