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.
There is a lot of research on the subject, no better place to start than… Continue
Added by ddeubel on June 9, 2011 at 3:00pm —
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…
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
Added by ddeubel on March 31, 2011 at 10:30am —
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.…
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).
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…
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…
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.
No, what hit me while watching the episode (about micro… Continue
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.
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.
Can you be my psychiatrist? May I admit something? I've always had a severe sensitivity to language - especially the proclivity to pun incessantly. I kid you not - full blown Foerster's Syndrome. It is under control but today I've had a hard day with the word, "indelible". It has been in every second sentence and almost every thought.
part of my attempt to keep this blog as interesting as possible, I have
decided to name and shame language schools who either take advantage
of, steal from or commit any other form of work related abuse towards
native teachers here in Poland.
First up: Language Training Studio – Located in Wrocław, Kowary or possibly Gdansk owned by Hanna Ciesielska and…
This is Zachariah Ngechu on the right, with his friend Joseph who is also deaf.
Born in 1983, Zachariah lives in a small village called Karagita, Naivasha, north of Nairobi in Kenya. He has access to an internet connection, and wrote me a message on my previous blog where there is a discussion about the special problems which the Deaf encounter when learning English as a… Continue
Added by Mike Marzio on June 10, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Today, kind of out of the blue, someone asked me what I was amazed by..... For whatever reason, I blurted out, "That we can communicate with each other - language".
And it is a miracle. Here we are, using something so well, everyday YET we know so little about it. That to me makes it amazing and even godly. We know next to nothing about language and I'll argue that to the end of my days with even the most decorated of linguist, lexicographer or language lush. We just don't know a damn… Continue
EVERYBODY has his own tale of terrible translation to tell — an incomprehensible restaurant menu in Croatia, a comically illiterate warning sign on a French beach. “Human-engineered” translation is just as inadequate in more important domains. In our courts…