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June 23, 2014
When you are put in charge of teaching English to young children it can often be quite challenging. They need to be constantly entertained and engaged, which means either one really fun task, or lots of little ones are necessary. Any activity that is not the least bit fun will have the children off-task and not learning, so …
June 18, 2014
Quite often in the conventional language classroom listening “practice” involves listening to something and writing down answers to questions. In real life when someone is talking to you, you don’t sit there and write down what they are saying, you respond by showing in some way or another that you have understood what they have said …
May 14, 2014
The research may not be very conclusive but it is conclusive on one thing: there is not one single way to learn a language. Of course this comes down to terminology; like what does true success in language learning mean? Does it mean simply being able to be understood, or is it more than that, i.e. …
March 27, 2014
Japan is supposedly built by people who would rather run around the bush to get their way rather than simply demand their way. In Japanese companies if the subordinates notice that their boss is wrong, instead of confronting the boss with the facts, they would subtly hint that something is wrong until the boss realises, …
March 3, 2014
The importance of learning vocabulary when studying another language is second to none. It simply must be done for there to be any possibility of success, and in this post I outline one very useful and very effective method for building your vocabulary quickly, but surely. When learning a second language it is important to …
December 4, 2013
Ok, so we’ve established that the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) is the difference between what a learner already knows (their actual development level, developed “retrospectively”(Aljaafreh & Lantolf, 1994, p. 468)) and what they can do when assisted (the ZPD, developed prospectively (ibid)), and it is virtually impossible to discover the novice’s ZPD without dialogic …
December 2, 2013
In Japan they certainly have an odd way of selling things at schools. The guy in this photo comes to this school nearly everyday trying to sell educational resources to the teachers. He comes in, goes to each row of teachers’ desks, says his hellos and then proceeds to sit down at this desk (it’s …
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