The SHAPAL Method

By David Barker
Author and Publisher of Materials for Japanese Learners of English

Language learners all over the world will no doubt be pleased to hear that I have finally discovered the definitive technique for learning a foreign or second language. I am so confident of its effectiveness that I am prepared to guarantee that anyone who follows it will be successful. I can also say with a high degree of certainty that anyone who chooses not to adopt this Method will be doomed to failure. Read more…

И снова о ЕГЭ

На сайте Дмитрия Никитина, преподавателя английского языка, директора основанной им школы, опубликовано его интервью с главным редактором издательства «Титул» А.В. Конобеевым. Речь идет об изменениях в ЕГЭ по английскому языку в 2018 году, о введении обязательного экзамена по иностранному языку, достоверных источниках информации по ЕГЭ, а также о подходах в подготовке к ЕГЭ по английскому языку. Читать интервью.

New CEFR Descriptors are now online

CEFR Companion volume with New Descriptors  (Provisional Edition) is now online available. It is intended as a complement to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) (2001). The “Companion Volume” is the Council of Europe’s response to requests that have been made by the groups involved in the field of language education to complement the original illustrative scales with more descriptors. In addition to the extended illustrative descriptors, it contains an introduction to the aims and main principles of the CEFR.

The Companion Volume contains:

—          A text explaining key aspects of the CEFR for teaching and learning

—          Updated versions of the 2001 scales (gaps filled: better description at A1 and the C-levels, new analytic scale for phonology)

—          Descriptors for new areas: mediation (including reactions to creative text/literature), online interaction , and plurilingual/pluricultural competence

—          Examples for the mediation descriptors for the four domains public, personal, occupational, educational

—          A brief rationale for each descriptors scales (old as well as new)

—          A brief account of the development project. Read more

Why I am not a fan of the Communicative Approach

By David Barker
Author and Publisher of Materials for Japanese Learners of English

I am writing this in response to Alex’s questionabout why I am not a fan of the Communicative Approach. Let me say before I begin that the case I want to make has already been made far more eloquently by Michael Swan in his 1985 articles in the ELT Journal.

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