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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

Tags: atutor, technology, online, ecourses, elearning


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

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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


Children learning 2 languages

Nice news report about the issues of children developing early bilingualism.

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Comment by ddeubel on February 2, 2010 at 3:02am
Wow, some great advice there - based on research. This article talks a lot about how the child maps the brain when they are young. A new way of looking at language acquisition and really takes into consideration things that have always troubled us about the innatist / Chomskian view of language acquisition in the L1 - A MUST read.

One misconception I always find is that bilingualism hurts a child's L1. It doesn't at all and though they may go through a period of being a little behind others in their primary language (school language), they accelerate past peers in their middle school years.

I'm not even sure if the often given advice of one parent using one language, the other another, is true. But researchers suggest this.

Annenberg media has a great series of videos for those interested in infants and learning/development. Here's the one on language acquisition.

Comment by ddeubel on February 3, 2010 at 12:47am
I'd also recommend listening to # 67 Bilingualism and #73 - How Children Learn languages , in our series of programs about language. The 5 Minute Linguist.

Comment by csagel on February 4, 2010 at 6:55am
I don't know about research but if the child doesn't have a specific time or place or person to speak the other language then it's easy to get the two languages confused. My wife is Korean but she speaks English at home (only at home). My son also speaks English at home, but half the day he is at the Korean Day care center so he speaks Korean outside. Before he was born we spoke Korean and English both, but mostly Korean. Now he is only three but now he can clearly distinguish what is English, Korean and Konglish.

Yesterday he asked me, "Why do you say breakfast? Why not morning rice?" I told him that morning rice was Konglish? And he laughed and laughed. Then he asked me 100 times, "Why not morning rice?" And I answered, "because it's Konglish", and he laughed and laughed. And he asked me 100 times, "Why not evening rice?" And I said, "because it's Konglish." And he laughed and laughed. Once somebody told me that if you want to learn a second language you have to learn like a baby. I thought that meant to naturally absorb the language, but that's not true. Babies eat the language. They chew on it. They ask the same question more than a hundred times. Over and over again and laugh and laugh every time. It's annoying for me, but finally he falls asleep. And I wonder, "why don't my middle school kids do this?"
Comment by Ellen Pham on February 4, 2010 at 7:18am
Once somebody told me that if you want to learn a second language you have to learn like a baby...

Oh, I agree!!! That is why I cannot learn a language.... no one is patient enough to teach me! I need to hear a very foreign word 100 times in a day (not 100 times in 10 years!) to remember it!

Comment by ddeubel on February 4, 2010 at 9:31am
Christopher, Ellen,

I get your point but I'd also throw a caveat at it. Lots of times, we get fooled by "appearance" while underneath and invisible, so much is going on. Children can't articulate their ideas/thoughts fully. So for example, when a child is "confusing" languages, they are actually testing, testing, testing (Christopher -- that's what we call chewing!). They test and accept, reject - test again..... This is the pinnacle of learning, being a tester and risk taker. And this doesn't only happen in the realm of visible language but also social relationships, actions, behavior and paralinguistics.

What I mean is -- often we will witness something and think , "Ah the child is confused!) But they are testing and my belief (although we don't know and can't see the ghost inside the machine) is that children have no problems differentiating languages. Fact, results over the long term bear this out.

Here's a wonderful document I dug out of my junk pile (I have such a big hard drive, sometimes like this takes me hours...). Preparing your child for Kindergarten. Some really good tips.

Comment by ddeubel on February 5, 2010 at 4:02am
This article came out today (got from Larry's tweets) and it is essential reading, especially about the mad rush of most parents to "school" their children. In my honest opinion, the richness of social interactions is most important in the early years. School can provide that but not always. School is way overrated for young children.
Comment by George Swen on February 5, 2010 at 7:24am
People think too much instead of doing things intuitivly (especially with children).
Comment by Ellen Pham on February 5, 2010 at 7:40am
I got to page 3 of the article. I find the practice of IQ testing for admission into anywhere disgusting.Even more so at the pre-school level. Completely dehumanizing and degrading.

Short of a learning disorder that needs to be addressed or a true cognitive disability, any child with the same advantages as these children will do well. I thought that had been pretty well proven.

The practice smacks of eugenics.

Back to happier activities- posting Inuit art on Portland Free School : )

Comment by ddeubel on February 23, 2010 at 1:44pm
Here is a nice copy of the Annenberg video on language development in children.

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