Category Archives: Learning Language

Summoning the Spirit of the Dodo

This post will be re-posted as the feature article on the Oxford University Press ELT blog site on March 14.  (http://oupeltglobalblog.com/) In a previous post I talked about the infamous dodo bird that mysteriously became extinct in the late 17th … Continue reading

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Is the Teacher Going the Way of the Dodo?

Is technology a giant meteor that is threatening teachers with mass extinction? Are teachers perhaps like the infamous Dodo bird that mysteriously went extinct from its remote island off of the eastern coast of Africa in the late 17th century? … Continue reading

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New Posts Coming Soon

I’ve been remiss in maintaining my blog site this year but that is about to change.  I am planning to restart creating new blog posts on a regular basis.  The big challenge for me is setting up an editorial calendar … Continue reading

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Ensuring the Inclusion of Culture in Language Learning

This is the final post in a four part series discussing why the approach to language learning should not be reduced to grammar rules and vocabulary words as is so often the case.  I believe that when people choose a … Continue reading

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Culturally Relevant Language Learning

In the previous three blog entries on this topic, I argued for the wisdom of not employing a teaching approach that reduces language down to its sub-components, a bunch of grammar rules and vocabulary words.  By doing so, something that … Continue reading

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Choosing a Culture to Learn or a Language?

In part one of this four part blog series, I talked about how trying to replace eating real food with scientifically formulated meal replacement shakes strips out the joy that is inherent in eating.  Reducing eating to being nothing more … Continue reading

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Language Learning More Like a Meal or a Shake?

I once knew of a young guy in his early thirties who was a former college baseball pitcher.  He was obsessed with being fit and was always working out.  As an outgrowth of his obsession with being fit, he eventually … Continue reading

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