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Understanding English: An Introduction to the Associative Model

The Associative Model of English is a way of understanding the process of how we use English at the time of articulation (when we speak-hear) or when we read. It is a linear dependency relation model of language. By using the ideas in this short introduction to the Associative Model you will deepen your understanding of how English is used. You will also be able to effectively diagram sentences (and texts) to show the associations between words and how they 'work' as meaning units.

Understanding English is available from Amazon: Understanding English: An Introduction to the Associative Model

Teaching English: Being the Best is the essential handbook for ELT teachers who want to take their teaching to the next level, beyond best practice. Over two hundred 60-second essays on all aspects of teaching will help you to become the best teacher you can be. The book covers topics not included in other methodology books such as two new approaches to reading (the Dual Text and Deep Text approaches), opportunity cost, the competence model, being professional and avoiding burnout. It is for all English language teachers teaching adults and older teens, both newly qualified and experienced teachers alike.

Teaching English: Being the Best is available from: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de etc.

The Ideas of English Grammar is an exploration of English grammar which identifies the grammar a teacher really needs to teach and the grammar a learner needs to learn.

It is a complete re-imagining of pedagogical grammar.

It is based on Lexical Priming theory and the Associative Model of English.

Grammar is envisaged as a system of Distance, Meaning and Conventions. These ideas are explored in depth and the ideas of verb and noun pathways are introduced.

The Ideas of English Grammar is available from Amazon: The Ideas of English Grammar

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Military English Tactical and Peacekeeping Operations is a new pre-deployment course for Army personnel who are to be sent on multinational peace support operations or on training courses in an English language speaking country, or are to be trained by English-speaking instructors.

An Intermediate/ B1 /STANAG 2 Level course.

There are four components to the course:

1: A Coursebook with 200 lesson-units, providing over 200 hours of study materials including vocabulary learning tasks, reading and listening tasks, briefings, role plays and other speaking tasks.

2: A Workbook, which includes a grammar reference and study pages, peacekeeping reading tasks, writing tasks, abbreviations and acronym study pages, patrol report forms etc., consolidation tasks, a mini dictionary, key vocabulary pages, key tactical verbs, and more.

3: A Teacher's Book with full instructions on teaching the course, and coursebook and workbook task keys.

4: Electronic Resources: over 800 colour pictures and maps, over 55 PowerPoint Presentations and audio files, and audio transcripts for use on phones, tablets or computers. These can be freely downloaded and shared with all students.


Military English Army Key Words

Military English Army Key Words is book of key word lists and glossaries, extracted from a corpus of US Army Field Manuals.

The topics covered are:

The Soldier's Guide | Operations | The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad | the Brigade Combat Team | Theater Army, Corps, and Division Operations | Pathfinder Operations | Reconnaissance & Security Operations | Rangers | Scouts | Army Aviation | Airborne Operations | Engineer Operations | Fire Support Operations | Ordnance Operations | Quartermaster Operations | Civil Affairs Operations | Civil Disturbance Operations | Counter Insurgency | Multinational Operations | Peace Operations | Tactical Radio Operations | Land Navigation | Terrain Analysis | Desert Operations | Jungle Operations | Mountain Operations | Survival | Tactical Combat Casualty Care

You can read more about the book and corpus here.

Military English Army Key Words is available from Amazon: Military English Army Key Words

Free Books
A Brief Guide to Text Analysis and Corpus Linguistics
Rough and Ready Guide Aide memoire cover

A Brief Guide to Text Analysis and Corpus Linguistics

The Guide explores text analysis and useful tools, then introduces you to corpus linguistics and shows you how to build a micro-corpus and do things like produce a key word list.


Text Grammar Topic Comment Information Key Word Lexis Corpus Construction Ethics Collocations

Click on the image above to access the Guide. It is formatted as an A5 .pdf file so you can print two pages on one page of A4.

The Rough and Ready Guide to Teaching English Online in a Time of Coronavirus

A short intoduction for teachers who have to suddenly teach online.

Military English Aide-Memoire for Teachers of Army Personnel

Click the image above to download a .pdf file aide-memoire (A6 size) to help you with key army English vocabulary. Print it out, laminate it and keep it handy.

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