Here are the most important TEN articles on the site. If you read nothing else about pedagogy, make sure you read these. They will change the way you learn languages!



Learn how to generate hundreds of examples from a single example. Perfect for a daily writing drill.

Also appears in SPEAKING / WRITING



Learn what I consider to be the single best method for learning a foreign language

 Also appears in READING / LISTENING / Speaking



This is an excellent method that can stand alone or be used after Shadowing a text. It focuses on reading and listening, with the added option of speaking. 

 Also appears in READING / LISTENING / Speaking 



No teacher around to help you with your writing? Unbelievably, that is no longer an issue with this amazing method.



Want to get to a solid B2 level by reading captivating stories? Well, this tutorial will help you to do just that.



How do you know whether or not a text is appropriate for your level? The traditional levels may not tell the whole story for your PERSONAL ability. This method might just help.

QI Tables


Fed up with standard levels? Do you want to learn a language by working towards explicit goals and numbers? If you do, this geeky method might be just for you.



Ready to add a review system to your box of tricks? Well, you've come to the right place with today's Featured tutorial!

About Me

My name is Neil and I have been teaching English professionally for almost 20 years, the last ten of which at my language school. 

Apart from a diploma in teaching English as a foreign language (Cert Tesol), I have a BA in modern and Classical Chinese. I also speak Spanish, Italian, and French, and read Latin. 

Besides continuing my daily studies of these languages, I have also set myself a language goal of one new language a year. I’m looking forward to starting Japanese or German on the 1st January 2021.



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