What we Say

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view You need a singular verb! Check your spelling! These are some common examples of feedback in a language classroom. Such comments can be categorised as corrective feedback because their main...

by Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Vocabulary learning is fundamentally about knowing words. However, the idea of knowing a word is not always well understood. Some say that knowing a word means knowing what a word...

By James Jenkin We’ve heard the stereotype: Chinese students don’t like speaking in class, expressing opinions, or playing games. Is it true? The traditional view In fact, for decades this view of Chinese learners was received opinion in the...

by Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Based on my teaching experience in Southeast Asia, there seems to be an admiration for people who are able to speak in English with a ‘native speaker’ accent. If one...

by Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Grammar is probably the most common word that parents, students and teachers use when they talk about English language learning. English grammar is often understood as a set of universal...

by Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Let’s start by observing the following scenario. A student asks her teacher to repeat his instructions. The student said: Excuse me, Mr Li. Can you repeat again? The teacher responded:...

by Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view As a young child, my mother would spend time reading graded readers with me. This is what it looks like. I would read aloud from a book and my mother...

by Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view When I was teaching academic writing at university level, I often asked my students about their learning goals. In every semester, almost all my international students would say they need...