Language Teaching Reality


From Thomas Sauer:

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Why is English so hard to learn?


Who of you can relate?  I sure can.  Read at

Obama Launches English for All


With impact on English studies abroad.  Read more here:

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


Interesting story about a teaching method connecting to local culture.  Great reading at


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


Read Neuroscience News:

Are Some Learners Wired to Learn Languages Faster?


Read “Brain waves predict speed of second language learning” at

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?


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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