Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring

I have always wanted  to be a perfect English teacher, and I had an unswerving belief that it is the language I should work on first and foremost. Well, at least it was like that until recently. I suddenly realised that I have been missing on something. On something really important- methodology. So, I am going to fill in this crack and this book is going to be the first in (hopefully) a series of other books on methodology.

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vortex noun

UK /ˈvɔː.teks/ US /ˈvɔːr.t̬eks/ plural vortexes or vortices UK /-tɪ.siːz/ US /-t̬ə-/

[ C ] specialized environmenta mass of air or water that spins around very fast and pulls objects into its empty centre

intractable adjective

UK /ɪnˈtræk.tə.bəl/ US /ɪnˈtræk.tə.bəl/ formal

very difficult or impossible to control, manage, or solve:

We are facing an intractable problem.

dichotomous adjective

/daɪˈkɒt.ə.məs/ /daɪˈkɑː.t̬ə.məs/ formal


involving two completely opposing ideas or things:

The test was used to compare dichotomous variables.

attrition noun [ U ]

UK /əˈtrɪʃ.ən/ US /əˈtrɪʃ.ən/


formalgradually making something weaker and destroying it,especially the strength or confidence of an enemy by repeatedlyattacking it:

Terrorist groups and the government have been engaged in a costly war of attrition since 2008.


UK /ɪˈnɜːt/ US /ˌɪnˈɝːt/

inert adjective (NOT MOVING)


not moving or not able to move:

The inert figure of a man could be seen lying in the front of the car.

oftentimes adverb

UK /ˈɒf.ən.taɪmz/ US /ˈɑːf.ən.taɪmz/ mainly us


on many occasions:

Oftentimes a company will contribute toward an employee’s moving expenses.
He would oftentimes prefer to be alone.

attest verb [ I or T ]

UK /əˈtest/ US /əˈtest/ formal

to show something or to say or prove that something is true:

Thousands of people came out onto the streets to attest their support for the democratic opposition party.

seminal adjective

UK /ˈsem.ɪ.nəl/ US /ˈsem.ə.nəl/

seminal adjective (IMPORTANT)

formalcontaining important new ideas and having a great influenceon later work:

She wrote a seminal article on the subject while she was still a student.
He played a seminal role in the formation of the association.

be/get bogged down

phrasal verb with bog UK /bɒɡ/ US /bɑːɡ/ verb -gg-

to be/become so involved in something difficult or complicated that you cannot do anything else:

Let’s not get bogged down with individual complaints
uk Try not to get too bogged down in the details.

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