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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

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

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


The #1 .......(thing we know about learning languages)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.
The more comprehensible input, the more learning

Today, I was going through my Gass and Selinker , Second Language Acquisition book. What astounded me was one word that kept appearing across all sections -- "hypothesis". Seems like every darn thing in our field is just an "hypothesis", just a grasping at straws and a supposition, a guess. Nobody knows too much about this wide and new field of language learning!

However, amid the dust storm and darkness there is light. We do know one thing with certainty. If a student is exposed to a large amount of comprehensible language input - they will learn language! Put students in a situation where they have to figure out the language but still have a small toehold to hang onto -- they will learn. Do it a lot and they will learn a lot.

All the rest, mere hypothesis, conjecture and stutterings. So mind this when you are teaching. Keep it simple, keep it clear and give students language they can understand to learn the language you want them to understand. You'll get them learning. That's all we can do until they solve some of these hypothesis. FYI, here's a quick list of hypothesis off the top of my head.

1. Critical Period Hypothesis
2. Fundamental Period Hypothesis
3. Natural Order Hypothesis
4. Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis
5. Affective Filter Hypothesis
6. Identity Hypothesis
7. Interaction Hypothesis
8. Sensitive Period Hypothesis
9. please add your own.....

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Comment by Paul Driver on January 19, 2010 at 9:32am
That's a pretty good list off the top of your head! The difficult thing is to understand the dynamics of how these ingredients intertwine to make a recipe for learning, and how this recipe can be adapted to different circumstances and individual tastes.
Many of my colleagues have been living in Portugal for 20 years or more, being constantly exposed to large amounts of language input and yet stubbornly remain impervious to learning Portuguese!

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