I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue
I've been following over the last number of months, all the various manifestations and mythifications of Barak Obama. It is surreal how society raises up "one man" and puts all sorts of qualities and sacred value into his mere mortal bearing.
No better example of this has to do with "Obama the English teacher". He's a missionary for the spread of English and all over the world, children are clamoring to learn English by listening to his speeches, rewinding his new conferences and scouring over his past legal briefings. It finally got to be too much with the cheerleading on ABC News tonight stating how the Japanese are clamoring to learn "a la Obama", memorizing his speeches and attending special English Obama classes. Half a million workbooks already sold! Not withstanding how this is basically a business pitch and has little to do with the actual teaching of English (and see this fine post for a full rundown of all these stories and how edubusiness Kaplan figures in on it).
However, what I want to mention is that the Japanese won't learn a thing from Obama. Not in the way they memorize and mimic and chant, "Yes, we can. Yes, we can!". That's the problem with Japan and the Japanese / Korean "way" of English....... they'd do better to spend their money on GM stock....
Oh well, man and his follies, keeps things interesting.