Cork MidSummer Festival : Free things to do :)

Cork MidSummer Festival You may be in Cork to study at Cork English College, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and party (or eat) once in a while. “The Cork Midsummer Festival helds from the 16th to the 25th of June 2017, is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city…

The Importance of Developing Pragmatic Competence in the EFL Classroom

What is pragmatic competence and why is it important? Pragmatic competence is ‘the ability to use language appropriately in a social context’ (Taguchi, 2009).  It is the key to effective communication in a second language.  While communicative competence and grammatical competence are explicitly taught and developed in the EFL classroom, developing pragmatic competence is often…

Articles, Quantifiers and Determiners in English. Part One: Articles

                      THOSE people were looking at AN elephant in THE zoo. Articles, Quantifiers and Determiners in English Part One: Articles Many learners of English have difficulties with articles because the system of defining nouns can vary widely between different languages, and the system in English…