[caption id="attachment_2173" align="aligncenter" width="300"] When I grow up, I want to be just like my dad. Pascal - CC-BY-2.0[/caption] It is a source of pride when a child takes after his or her parents.  The little boy who wants to be a teacher like his mother, or the little girl who develops a laugh just like her father. Of course, it can also work the other way as well, so the little boy can also pick up the colourful language of his mother or the girl can learn how to...

[caption id="attachment_1672" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ups and Downs, Twists and Turns by Beyond Neon - CC BY 2.0[/caption] I am sure there is nobody reading this post who would say the following to a student: “We did the past simple last month and you used it properly, why are you having problems with it now?” The reason we wouldn’t say this is because we are all trained, professional educators who know that learning a language, or learning almost anything, does not progress in a nice straight line.  Just because we have covered...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] Not pink (Wikipedia)[/caption] Picture the scene: A two-year-old boy with his dad having a conversation about a favourite teddy bear (not unlike the one in the photo). CHILD: Look daddy, this old teddy bear is pink. DAD: No, son, it's blue and white. For a two-year-old this level of language would be pretty amazing,yet the father has chosen to correct his son because it isn't a true, factual statement. This can be seen when the following day the dad and the son are again talking about the same teddy bear: CHILD:...

[caption id="attachment_1276" align="alignleft" width="300"] Keep Calm by Guilherme Bomfim Pacheco/MULL - CC BY 4.0[/caption] When my son was about 18 months old I took him to a local shopping centre here in Curitiba. I don’t normally do this because I hate shopping centres with a passion, but it was raining and we were both going stir crazy from being in the house for too long. At one point my son just stopped dead in his tracks, pointed at a travel agent’s and started shouting I the way that only the...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Yes, it's morning now, but you can still go back to sleep! (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)[/caption] My son is approaching 3 years of age and he is developing both his English and Portugese at an amazing rate.  His language, though, sounds very strange, some people call it cute, and this is partly because he is being exposed to two languages at the same time and partly because he is still only 2 and this is a natural part of first lanaguage(s) acquisition. One example that he constantly uses is...

[caption id="attachment_894" align="alignleft" width="300"] What can you learn about yourself from your Scrabble words? (garlandcannon - CC BY-SA-2.0)[/caption] Why do we use language?  This has to be one of the questions we ask ourselves as language teachers as it will probably inform our beliefs about how to both teach and learn languages. One of the main reasons we use language is in order to communicate needs and desires, to fill information gaps or to perform some sort of transaction.  It is through this struggle to meet our various needs that...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="242"] Stewie Griffin (Wikipedia)[/caption] There is a cartoon that I love to watch called Family Guy (Uma Familia da Pesada).  It isn’t to everyone’s taste because of the casual violence, bad language and somewhat offensive jokes.  Whether you like it or not it's clear that the writers know quite a bit about how young children behave. One of the main characters is called Stewie, a talking and very intelligent baby.  No matter how smart he might be, though, he is still a baby and so likes to...

This is my first blog for RichmondShare and I must say I am honoured, and a little bit in awe, to be sharing a platform with such great writers and professionals.  After reading some of the other posts already on this site the pressure is on to write something new, entertaining, interesting and relevant.  If I manage to achieve one of those I’ll be happy. [caption id="attachment_354" align="alignright" width="300"] It's so much easier at this age                     (Dept of Children...