This is the third and final post in a short series to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with others through language in 2016.
This is the second in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with others through language in 2016.
Resolution #2. Appreciate how your use of language may appear to others.
Resolution #1. Appreciate how people (try to) express themselves.
There is no more pressing question in any field of education than: what is the best way to learn?
Another popular question with a similar intent is: why isn’t student X learning?
Or: why isn’t method X working?
For some time now, I’ve felt that the biggest thing holding back the trendy Communicative Approach is that it’s just too nice to students. Continue reading
Yesterday, I found postcards like these (see left) scattered around the coffee area at work, along with leaflets, badges and teabags! I was intrigued, so I picked one up.
It turns out that the postcards (and the rest) were reminders that today, 5 February, is Time To Talk Day in the UK.
This morning on the London Underground, an ad caught my eye. Well, several did — but this one held my attention a bit longer because it mentioned accents, a particular interest of mine.
And this wasn’t the only recent advertising campaign to have put accents centre-stage… here’s a quick round-up of some memorable offerings. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about this post for a while.
I’ve been trying to work out the connection between thoughts that have been floating around in my mind, sometimes coming up to the surface for closer examination and sometimes sinking back down to the depths until something stirs them up again.
Today I had a conversation with a friend about how hard it can be to weave together many strands of thought into one coherent piece, and he said, “Just say it like that. Like you just told me.” So I’m going to give it a go. Continue reading
Or rather, let’s not forget the real cost, costs and value of teaching and teachers.
Earlier today I posted this. It was an April Fool. (Gotcha!)
But it did have a serious underlying message, and when I quoted the Secret DoS in the original post, I wasn’t being flippant (as opposed to when I quoted Jessie J…). Continue reading
I think this may be one of the best things I’ve arranged to do in 2014. This event is such a wonderful idea. I really believe that encouraging interest in language/linguistics from a young age is a hugely valuable aspect of education. Continue reading