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When language sounds like music

Learning another tongue is easier if it comes through a tune

Did you know that hearing words as melodies, as opposed to simply staccato sounds, can affect how well someone can learn to speak an additional language? Researchers in Europe have been studying this phenomenon with some fascinating results – and you don’t even have to have any musical talent to have this advantage. Read all about it on page 8.
As the world (mostly) continues on its journey back to normal – or, more precisely, the
new normal – face-to-face teaching is slowly returning. Sometimes this comes in the form of ‘blended’ teaching, mixing online lessons with those in the classroom, a method which looks set to continue. This affects not just English language learners, but those who aspire to teach them. Will they also be taught online? And, if they’ll be delivering lessons online, what additional skills will they need?
This is just one of the issues we look at in our special teacher training supplement, which begins on page 15. We also delve into the pros and cons of post-graduate study, including

“If you’re considering your next step, these must-reads can help you decide 
which direction your teaching career will take”

both Master’s degrees and the international Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE). If you’re considering your next step, these must-reads can help you
decide which direction your teaching career will take.
In other news, we cover the impact of China’s new legislation on out-of-school tuition and who can offer lessons. It’s not only altering the fate of English language teachers who might previously have worked with students there, but the students themselves, who are increasingly looking to further their education overseas. See pages 12 and 13.
We also look at the interesting results of this year’s EF tests, which seem to be telling us that – very unusually – males are outdoing females in English language acquisition. We’re as surprised as you are – but can we trust the findings? Turn to page 7 to find out.
Finally, two educators share their views on what really works in the classroom and what should be left at the door. This essential read is on page 26 and will definitely provide food for thought, as well as tactics and practices you may want to borrow. And, if you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at our latest book review on page 29. Its author is clear that a tried-and-tested and too often neglected method should be a regular part of every class. See if you agree.

Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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