In it, you listen to the 1st Article of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man spoken in a foreign language. Then you guess and see how…Continue
It is always a delight to read/hear one's ideas confirmed/supported. It's the source of so much joy and progress in this world and also the source of so much evil. Such is our nature. Today, over my Friday morning ritual of "the big breakfast" at Twiggs, the local coffee shop - had this experience.
Every Friday, I usually sit and read my New York Review of Books and enjoy an hour of…Continue
I've been an athlete most of my life. Also a coach and one who's thought a lot about how to "develop" one's talent as an athlete.
This has served me well as a language teacher. Becoming proficient or even excelling at a sport bears most of the same developmental patterns that one should step through to become proficient in a language. There are no short cuts!…
I mentioned this book previously. Now, releasing it early - I'll have a hard cover, POD (Print On Demand), for purchase version shortly.
Download The Idiot's Dictionary.doc
I'll only say thank you to my…
I've been a cheerleader of EnglishCentral's amazing technology for language learning and teaching since the start. Great authentic videos and students can speak, get feedback, do quizzes, be challenges to earn points and so much more...
Now they have launched a blog that I've been a part…Continue
One of the nice things about the small city I moved to recently, is that it has a wonderful theater downtown, minutes from my house. Every Sunday, they have a $5 showing and tonight they showed "The King's Speech". Great movie, highly recommend it despite my aversion to "period pieces", especially British ones! Go see it and if you are in the mood, think about the lessons that it might have for us teachers.…Continue
I'm putting together an online presentation for some Brazilian teachers and I'll be talking about "Stickiness". I thought it would be worthwhile to air my own thoughts specifically about what makes our teaching "stick". In other words, how to make what we do transfer into the heads and the production/fluency of the learner (now or over time).
I think at bottom, this metaphor is…
"You can tune a piano
but you can't tune a fish"
Words, words, words. Sometimes I feel like becoming a monk solely for the reason to be beyond words, of no need of words, away from words and their slinking skullduggery. They are cruel and they often don't mean what they mean.
I know I'm groping for trout. I'll get to that point in a moment. First, let me tell you what…
As a native speaking English teacher I still have a hard time putting myself in the students' shoes. The best way to put myself in their shoes is to study a second language. I don't have time except my office hours to study. Fortunately there is a good site to learn Korean online. I'm studying for Seogang University online and it's free. In some ways studying online is better than the class. I can study on my own pace, have 100% interaction and meet at my own time. Here is the like to the…Continue
Learning a second language isn't easy. There is a lot that can get in the way. It isn't as automatic or sure as we'd suppose. Depending on the person, there can be some high barriers to learning another language.
I'm teaching a unit on this in a certificate course and thought I'd make my own list. (yes, could have flipped open my Gass and Selinker but then I wouldn't be learning anything, would I!?) I'd love it if you could read and add something I missed or tell us…Continue