After the recent economic recession of 2008, Ireland’s economy is booming. The country achieved the fastest growing economy in the euro zone for a fourth straight year. As the country is experiencing its most flourishing period in the last 20 years, employers are looking for more and more employees. However, the recruitment of good employees… Read More The top 7 qualities of a perfect employee
How many of YOU reading this article have studied a foreign language? Plenty of textbooks on your shelves. You’ve learnt so many grammatical rules and done hundreds of excercises your whole life. But then, when you run into a tourist asking you where’s the main square of your country, you just get stuck and stutter… Read More Travelling improves your language skills
When we first start speaking a language different from our own, one of the first obstacles that comes our way is the difficulty in being funny. We’ve all been there: in an attempt to appear nice and funny to our foreign interlocutor, we make a joke which receives no reply whatsoever, not even a fake… Read More I MADE A JOKE, WHY IS NO ONE LAUGHING?!
When learning about the process of language acquisition, two approaches are normally distinguished: The behavioural approach and the nativist approach. In this article we are going to explain the different approaches paying special attention to the Critical Period Hypothesis. – The Behaviouristic Approach maintains that children acquire the language through environmental components: learner imitation, practice,… Read More The critical period hypothesis in language acquisition
Storytelling is a skill which has been present in the world for centuries. Our ancestors were passing information from one generation to the other by oral transmission in the form of storytelling. Even Jesus himself was using stories to explain his point of view. As a matter of fact, every single person is a storyteller whether he is… Read More The art of storytelling
Censorship is still, to a lesser extent, something ordinary in our world, especially in those countries in which political and social regime or the religious belief represent one of the most important features of the country itself. Believe me or not but in the past things were a little bit worse.… Read More The truth behind fiction: Censorship
The best way to improve your foreign language competences is obviously to move abroad for some time. However, being abroad does not improve de facto your language skills. While I was in Ireland, I met a Croatian guy who was living there for two and a half years, but whose English was pretty bad. Why?… Read More How to enhance language learning while you are living abroad?