September 2017 archive

Understanding Words versus Understanding Ideas…

Many people come to me claiming they understand this or that… films for instance… yet, once put to the test, they did not understand… they picked some words right or wrong and from there their brain interprets what they got… this is not understanding… those people either ignore or forget that films are a selection …

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How Americains are killing the English language by Hephzibah Anderson

A book released this year claims that Americanisms will have completely absorbed the English language by 2120. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look. 6 September 2017 So it turns out I can no longer speak English. This was the alarming realisation foisted upon me by Matthew Engel’s witty, cantankerous yet nonetheless persuasive polemic That’s the Way …

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The Famous Five have been updated: After 50 years…

Goodness! The Famous Five have been updated: After 50 years there’s now lashings of modern language By LAURA CLARK Last updated at 3:10 AM on 24th July 2010 Comments (43) No doubt some Enid Blyton fans will think it a jolly shame. But in their latest reincarnation, the Famous Five have had something of a …

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Knowledge of Languages Brings New Overseas Assignment

Beatrice grew up in the province of Alsace in a multi-cultural atmosphere. Her mother was Polish while her father was French. Both were academicians, language instructors, who influenced their daughter compelling her to learn as many languages as they had. She eventually learned 11 languages. Although she went to the university, ostensibly to carry on …

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Learn More in Kindergarten, Earn More as an Adult

ScienceDaily (Aug. 12, 2010) — There isn’t a lot of research that links early childhood test scores to earnings as an adult. But new research reveals a surprising finding: Students who learn more in kindergarten earn more as adults. They are also more successful overall. Harvard University economist John Friedman says he and a group …

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Paris in English

Visit, learn about, rediscover Paris in English. One easy option is to go to the Paris Story show (on the Rue Scribe, AUBER) and watch the show in English. You can see the show in different languages… You can even see it in French ! And of course you can check the Paris Times paper …

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Using Music to Carry the Message of Learning (Music in the Classroom)

Chris Boyd Brewer, M.A. Makes the Case for Using Music in the Classroom Classroom Outcomes of Music Use The Controversy over Using Teen Music in the Classroom Music in the Learning Cycle Using Music to Carry the Message of Learning When Do I Use Songs? Interactive Strategies for Using Music in the Academic Curriculum by …

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English & PodCasts…

For over a decade now the Internet and various sites have offered English teachers, students and learners at large more and more podcasts… and I have endeavored in producing some myself such as my ‘Desperate Teachers’ and ‘Stories for English’ which are very popular… Podcast are not only vectors of information or training and teaching, …

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Teaching and Zoos…

Most teaching is like zoos… neither the classroom nor the teacher bring anything to the table of learning… they are and that’s all they are… all to no avail… A zoo collects animals out of their natural realm compelling them to act as victims forever hoping and beseeching every visitor to set them free… An …

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Why the culture of ‘free’ is damaging edtech & education

Photo by Artem Sapegin on Unsplash Nik Peachey – Published on September 4, 2017 Award Winning Digital Course Designer & Author Like everyone else teachers like to get something for free, especially if it’s something really useful that can help them do their jobs more effectively. The problem is that over the last 10 plus …

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