Aug 02

The Handbook of Language Socialization

Alessandro Duranti (Editor), Elinor Ochs (Editor), Bambi B. Schieffelin (Editor) Documenting how in the course of acquiring language children become speakers and members of communities, The Handbook of Language Socialization is a unique reference work for an emerging and fast-moving field. Spans the fields of anthropology, education, applied linguistics, and human development Includes the latest …

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Aug 02

Challenges of Second and Foreign Language Education in a Globalized World

Editors: Pawlak, Mirosław, Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Anna (Eds.) This edited collection brings together papers by eminent scholars who attempt to demonstrate how challenges can most successfully be ameliorated with an eye to enhancing the effectiveness of the processes of language teaching and learning. In Part One, emphasis is placed on challenges that second language education has to …

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Aug 02

The Role of Self-Esteem in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching by Habrat, Agnieszka

This book demonstrates how foreign language self-esteem (FLSE) affects foreign language (L2) learning and teaching, and how it fluctuates with growing proficiency. Further, it explains the interaction between FLSE and a range of factors of recognized importance in second language acquisition (SLA). The theoretical part of the book presents the main pillars of self-esteem as …

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Aug 02

Why I dropped English Books

A good teacher is a good learner… and a good teacher should always listen to his/her students… As I had been teaching English for some 20 years to people from all walks of life at all levels and it came to me one day that the feedback from the students –mine and my colleagues’- was …

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Aug 02

Why We Should All Spend a Little More Time Reading by Maryanne Wolf

The most important contribution of the invention of written language to the species is a democratic foundation for critical, inferential reasoning and reflective capacities. This is the basis of a collective conscience. If we in the twenty-first century are to preserve a vital collective conscience, we must ensure that all members of our society are …

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Jul 29

Graded Language: Use it! | Grading Language for ESL Students

Use Graded Language to help your students I’m sure we’ve all been there. We’re in a language class, and the teacher is talking, but we’re actually understanding nothing about what is going on around us. Kind of like the deer in headlights effect. All of our students have been there too. Should we care? Should …

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Jul 26

Studying How We Learn

Before going into teaching #English #teachers should study how we learn… especially since English course books are designed to suit a syllabus which most teachers never bother to check before they use them… a syllabus only imposed by publishers… and not students’ needs… making a great deal of their teaching and teaching efforts pointless… I …

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Jul 22

Learner training with young learners

Learner training is about developing students’ awareness of how they learn. It aims to develop students’ learning strategies with the intention of making learners more effective and independent. Author: Lynn Gallacher, British Council, Spain Learner training can be started with students as young as 5 years old! The article that follows contains learner training activities …

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Jul 22

Now students are expected to study a language until age 16, the work to rebuild begins – Olga Gomez-Cash

The government’s decision that all pupils will now have to study a language GCSE as part of the English Baccalureate (EBacc) could be the moment when languages are restored to their rightful esteem in England – but there is still work to be done to ensure that. For those who have fought to promote languages …

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Jul 22

We need to fall back in love with learning languages – Dawn Marley

The drop in applications to European language programmes at UK universities will not have come as a great shock to anybody teaching languages. For at least the past 15 years, the number of students applying for modern language degrees has been in decline. More than [a third of UK universities](http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/07/european-language-degree-courses-abandoned-universities](http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/07/european-language-degree-courses-abandoned-universities) have given up teaching European …

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