ELT Library

4 Reasons to Learn a New Language

English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue

How language transformed humanity

Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation

Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it's all good news.

Go ahead, make up new words!

In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make the language better at expressing what we mean and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

Better Reading For Learners-Webinar

This webinar explores different approaches to getting learners to engage with texts and develop reading skills. It outlines ways that can lead to ‘better reading’ by means of text and task choice, and also focuses on useful reading strategies. A key principle that underpins the session is that better reading helps improve students’ overall language competence

Flipped Classroom

This short video briefly displays flipped classes and how different they are with the traditional teacher-fronted classrooms.

One Simple Method to Learn Any Language

While few of us will ever take on the ambitious challenge of learning four foreign languages in a year, many of us yearn to be more proficient in another language. The secret to success as it turns out is simpler than you think. Scott Young is a blogger, speaker, and author.