Language Teaching Reality

17/04/2017

From Thomas Sauer:

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Why is English so hard to learn?

26/12/2016

Who of you can relate?  I sure can.  Read at https://theconversation.com/why-is-english-so-hard-to-learn-53336


Obama Launches English for All

26/12/2016

With impact on English studies abroad.  Read more here:  http://languagemagazine.com/?p=126119


India: This Indian Startup Shows You Don’t Need Textbooks To Learn Languages

16/12/2016

Interesting story about a teaching method connecting to local culture.  Great reading at http://www.forbes.com/sites/abehal/2016/12/15/this-indian-startup-shows-you-dont-need-textbooks-to-learn-language/#3690d931f037

Excerpt:

This led to a year’s worth of work in which Viswanath says the team came up with several basic principles that reconstructed the natural language-speaking process for the classroom. “We will never teach a word or grammar, teaching must be joyful – there should be no instruction,” he says. “All language should be learned through a discovery process.”

When there is a need for engagement, the urgency to realize fluency kicks in, says Viswanath.

Validating the product through tests in the field, including in the original Dharavi school that had sparked the idea, they quickly realized that the children were picking up English quickly through learning through music and audio – using the Karadi Tales titles as a backbone.


Brain Patterns Predict How Fast Adults Learn New Languages

05/06/2016

Read Neuroscience News:  http://neurosciencenews.com/language-learning-eeg-4198/


Are Some Learners Wired to Learn Languages Faster?

18/05/2016

Read “Brain waves predict speed of second language learning” at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/310181.php

Here are two teaser statements, excerpt:

  • The results showed that while the fastest learner completed the lessons twice as fast as the slowest, both attained the same level of proficiency.
  • “We’ve found that a characteristic of a person’s brain at rest predicted 60 percent of the variability in their ability to learn a second language in adulthood.”

Presentation/Study: Do Vocabulary Games Work With ESL Students?

03/12/2015

From my graduate student, a study finding a higher benefit from e-games in foreign language students than in ESL learners.  Not surprised!

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