Visit Berlin from the comfort of your couch

In times of social distancing, travelling may have been put in the back burner. However, you can still virtually visit all the iconic places in Berlin. In the quiz below you will not only be able to find out more about the websites and apps that take you for a virtual stroll around the GermanContinue reading “Visit Berlin from the comfort of your couch”

How much English you need to live in Canada

Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live. Canadian immigration is incentivized by the government and receives support from great part of the population. Not surprisingly, many have the dream of living in Canada in either a temporary or permanent arrangement. So how much English do you need to know toContinue reading “How much English you need to live in Canada”

The social impact of ‘Where are you from?’

As soon as any student starts their journey towards becoming a speaker of English, a couple of pre-made sentences, a learner’s ‘toolkit’, is handed them. Statements such as “I am (name)” or “my name is (name)” are the tip of the iceberg. Soon after students are presented with the predictable and unskippable “he is”, “sheContinue reading “The social impact of ‘Where are you from?’”

Learn idioms with music

Learning English may, at times, seem challenging or even tiring. One way to fight demotivation is to learn through music. Today we’ll listen to Adele’s song “Someone Like You” and dig deeper into the idioms that appear in the lyrics. You will also find a few more idioms at the end of the activity. ListenContinue reading “Learn idioms with music”

Raise Up: diversity in the classroom

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to chat with Ila Coimbra. She’s an ESL teacher and teacher trainer, IATEFL speaker, founder of the BRAZ-TESOL Voices SIG, and co-author of Raise Up, a textbook developed with inclusivity in its core. vspoke – How did the idea of creating an inclusive textbook come up? What motivated you?Continue reading “Raise Up: diversity in the classroom”

What you can do in social distancing

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the entire world is united in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why your government has asked of you to practice social distancing. While we all know it is hard to stay home and avoid going out, meeting friends, doing allContinue reading “What you can do in social distancing”

Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?

A NNEST is a non-native English-speaking teacher as opposed to a NEST, native English-speaking teacher. Currently, about 1.5 billion people in the world speak English and of those, less than 400 million use it as their first language (L1) according to the World Economic Forum. Chances are most teachers of English as a Second LanguageContinue reading “Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?”