Featured image: "TSR Basic Set , circa 1980," by Bryan Costin is licensed under BY-NC-SA 2.0 ... for the most part, if you don’t cooperate you die ... In addition to encouraging students to work together and form social bonds, Callahan and other educators who use Dungeons & Dragons and similar role-playing games claim that their students... Continue Reading →
Europeans have a perception of people from the U.S. as monolinguals. You can add this to the list of things about which the United States should make you ashamed (as though the 45th were not enough). A popular stereotype of Americans traveling abroad is the tourist who is at a loss when it comes to... Continue Reading →
Rebecca Blum Martinez, the director of the bilingual and ESL program at the University of New Mexico, said having every educator qualified to teach English learners makes sense in New Mexico. It’s the same requirement California has because of its large number of immigrant students. What’s more, she believes PED is undercounting the number of... Continue Reading →
An early-view article in the TESOL Journal by Pamela Everly examines how Microsoft's learning management platform the OneNote Class Notebook (ONCN) can facilitate speech activities in a listening/speaking or communication focused classroom. Pamela says the following: ONCN's capacity for handling multiple data types, providing individualized content, and delivering multiple computer‐assisted pronunciation technologies on demand increased... Continue Reading →
A recent article in the journal Second Language Research by Isabel Jensen ... lends support for a theory of second language acquisition called The Bottleneck Hypothesis
https://twitter.com/necromandrea/status/1111080362455773189 This is something I tell my students. I give them the example of the opera history class I took at my undergraduate university. I got every question on the final exam right except one--the only English language opera Handel wrote. The answer was Acis and Galatea. And that's the only question I still remember.
I attended the presentation The Uses of Poetry in the ESL Classroom: Ways to Integrate Poetry in a Reading Class on March 15th by Janusz Solarz of Indiana University at the TESOL 2019 International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Solarz provided three capacities in which an educator might implement poetry in her English lessons. Introductions... Continue Reading →
Shudder quotes, or weird quotes as the the author Chuck Wendig refers to them in the tweet at the end of this post, can be used to indicate your are using a word with ironic intent. Consider when you refer to the "stroke of genius" upper management foisted on everyone, and how all your colleagues... Continue Reading →