Feb 192017
 

In today’s English show with Fluency MC, we were joined by Craig Wealand of the award winning podcast Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig. Craig is a materials writer at www.mansioningles.com and a fantastic source of knowledge on how to improve your listening with podcasts.

The English Show is designed for #ESL English learners, packed with conversation and language practice, games, puzzles, raps and great tips to help you learn faster. Ask questions, get fluent and make friends in the live chat every Sunday. There’s no other show like it.

 Posted by at 11:06 pm
Jan 242017
 

How many English tenses are there? Well, technically speaking, there are just two: the past and the present. When we talk about the future we often use a present tense or a modal verb (like could, will or might) or expressions like ‘going to‘, ‘about to‘ and ‘bound to‘. And we have verbs we might use as well like ‘hope‘ or ‘expect‘. Find out more in this week’s English Show where we practice lots of these words and phrases, play a game and rap with FluencyMC as well.

 

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 Posted by at 1:17 am
Jan 082017
 

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 Posted by at 8:22 pm
Dec 272016
 

One of the things I love about video is it allows us to present language in context. We’re not limited to a classroom setting and we can venture outside and show a variety of people and different situations. We can show the relationship of the speakers and who has the power and that matters because it affects the language choices we make. So in my view, video is a wonderful medium for teaching pragmatics.

Lots of pragmatic research has been done on requests, not surprisingly, because they pose all sorts of potential for loss of face. We manage the possible social pitfalls in some interesting ways with pre-moves and indirectness, and of course anglo-Englishes have all the peculiar whimperatives structures like ‘Could you possibly…?’, and ‘Would you mind…?’

So I’ve been wanting to make some videos about requests for ages. Here’s an introductory video on the subject of directives that takes a broad sweep view of three basic ways we get people to do what we want. Hope you like it!

 Posted by at 6:51 pm