A message from Uma Rana at Shipley College:
I am looking at the use of Colloquialisms in the classroom. Do you have
any reading material on this or can you direct me to an internet site
that can enlighten me further.
One useful resources site straight away is the Macmillan English site. Go to
and click on 'Resource sites'.
There is also info and links on the Macmillan resources sites pages to www.onestopenglish.com <http://www.onestopenglish.com/> , where you'll find, among other things, ESOL lesson plans. Just the thing for Monday morning...
Thanks to Melanie Cooke for this suggestion. Any others?
Uma's not just hunting for teaching resources, though. She is asking about the use of colloquialisms in ESOL classrooms. This has got me thinking about the teaching of colloquialisms in ESOL, and also the teaching of non-standard varieties of English. Is this something that students ask for? Or need? I have recently spoken to ESOL students living in Yorkshire about this, and they held quite strong opinions about 'correctness', particularly when it comes to accents. These notions seem to be based on the varieties of English they encountered at school as children. What happens if you as an ESOL tutor teach - and teach in - the local varieties that students are more likely to encounter outside classrooms? What are the arguments for this?
Any links to useful sites for Uma, and any thoughts more generally on the teaching of colloquial or of non-standard varieties of English to ESOL students, would be most welcome.
Have a good weekend
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