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EFL Classroom Gems: Name The Language

This "game" is based upon my first successful game "Who Is Speaking" which used the speech accent archive.

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…

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Motherese

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…

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Sport and Language Learning

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!…



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The Idiot's Dictionary

The Idiot's Dictionary Finally for the moment, finished with this project - The Idiot's Dictionary. However, dictionaries, like poems, are never finished, merely abandoned.....



Enjoy - read online in my Wattpad library



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The Idiot's Dictionary - early release

a I mentioned this book previously. Now, releasing it early - I'll have a hard cover, POD (Print On Demand), for purchase version shortly.

 

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The Idiot's Dictionary

The Idiot's Dictionary I haven't posted in awhile. Been traveling and life happens.  This summer, I'll be focusing on 3 things here:



1. Broad issues in education



2. Highlighting older posts that are well written, "deep" and still relevant. {I've spent a lot of time on this blog and lots of love - seethis guys post for… Continue

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Language and Memory - an experiment.

BRAIN_2 I've always been fascinated by the role memory plays in language acquisition. It isn't a straight forward relationship (better memory = better fluency) however, looking at student "2nd language memory" does allow us teachers in a very crude way, to gather knowledge about student fluency.



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EnglishCentral has a blog (and Korean language support)

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…

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Risk Taking and learning a language



Sue Lyons shared this wonderful video on her blog and it really hit me as a great symbol of a language learner who "takes a chance" and just lets the language come out and go through him or her.



Risk taking is one of the most important features of a good language learner. They accept what they don't know (the ambiguity of language/communication) and they focus on what they do know. They… Continue

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Lessons for teachers from "The King's Speech"

kings 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.…

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Stickiness - How to make what you do, "Stick".

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…

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Groping for Trout

tuna "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…

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Learning Korean Online

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…

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Huffduffer - Audio podcast library

Huffduffer is a site where you can simply collect and tag audio podcasts. It really is attractive and well laid out. Visit our EFL Classroom 2.0 collection and click on the tags on the right to get… Continue

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Barriers to Language Learning and Acquisition

brick_wall11254935255 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…

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Top "Language" related blog posts

(from my public blog)



Last week I posted up my “Top Teacher Training related posts – titled, “On the shoulders of Regular Joe Teachers” and my…

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Language and Power - WTF?

wtf Today, I watched a CNBC episode of their new series "What the Future" (WTF). I'll refrain from commenting on their narrative and how they provide pleasant propaganda to the masses about helping those less fortunate. I find their message of "choice not charity" rather simplistic and self serving to their business clientele.



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Dogme Light - A boring library conversation

Today, I get to have some fun!



Last week, Willy Cardoso wrote a fictional conversation that he might have had with Karenne Sylvestr about the use of materials in ELT. Karenne wrote previously about "materials light" or Dogme teaching.



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Words, Words, Words...

A snowy morning on the lake here in Canada. A beautiful view.


However, as I look outside, I'm thinking about language and how it "takes us away" from meaning. This statement may seem totally illogical but if you think about it like I have this morning, you can't but come to that conclusion. The more words we add, the further we get away from the meaning, the essence of what we want to say.


Take for example my words above - "A snowy…
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The #1 ... (translated and subtitled video series for teaching)

Number One ** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1. Get the full eBook!



6 Billion Others





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