Proposal: English Language Learners

I think, that the help to the intermediate learners should should contain not only the answers on the subject itself(the English language), but on the processes of learning/teaching as well. Of course, not general teaching/learning, but this time, English teaching/learning.


Could you advise some exisizes on the subject of...?

What methods of vocabulary improvements for the children-beginners do you know?

Do you know some sites whith free exesizes in prononciation?

What learning children games do you know?

What simplification of the rules for the use of definite articles should you advise for beginners learning?

  • Should what be a place? Which site are you talking about? Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 19:19
  • I had put this post into Basic English beta site. At least I wanted to.
    – Gangnus
    Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 20:20
  • You were supposed to leave the proposal link in the question. That's how the system tells what proposal a discussion is about. If you put a link back in, then it'll be associated with the site. Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 20:39
  • I restored the link back. No changes :-(
    – Gangnus
    Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 21:15
  • Things don't happen instantly on the site; they take time. It's there now, for example. Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 21:22

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On the one hand, it is clear that matters of method and technique in learning or teaching English will be of vital concern to users here, both askers and answerers.

On the other hand, it is far from clear that this site is structured to accommodate such matters. The Q&A format is designed for very narrow questions —“practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face” say the FAQs— which call for unambiguous and non-contentious answers. Across the board, SE has set its face against questions which are likely to prompt “debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion”.

If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about _”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain _ to me”, then you are probably OK.

Most questions we see on ELU about study and pedagogy call for unresolvable discussion or laundry-listing rather than explanation, and such questions I fear would be just as unsuitable on the Learners site.

But if you come up with questions which are resolvable, I could see a place for them.

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    1. English studying as any subject has more and less discussionable questions. 2. Even if there is only one real answer, there are more than one opinion about what is that only answer. The whole system of minuses/pluses is about it. 3. Mostly a questioner doesn't know about how many truesome answers could exist. 4. In the SO you can find many great answers and great questions - that had more than 100 pluses, that ARE discussionable. The rule mentioned by you is de facto applicable to noobies, but not to the masters of the site.
    – Gangnus
    Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 11:20
  • No, we're all bound by the same rules ... And this discussion is itself in danger of degenerating! Suggestion: add to your question a couple of questions of the sort which you think the site should address - that will give us something concrete to talk about, instead of airy abstractions. Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 11:39
  • You are welcome. But I am afraid, you are making me to break the rules - these questions should belong to the previous stage of the site development, shouldn't they? And of course, I can put here only some questions - I can't imagine all sorts of them that could be set by the whole heap of users.
    – Gangnus
    Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 14:28

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