Grammar

I often get resistance to the idea that language learning should not emphasize grammar instruction. At The Linguist we believe learning should be driven by enjoyable input and a systematic approach to learning words and phrases. We also favour usi...
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Skiing and words

The last three days I have been skiing at Whistler. There was not a cloud in the sky for two days and today is a little overcast. The snow conditions are not ideal but not bad. A little ice in spots and some bare patches. You kind of have to pick ...
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Caleb Gattegno

Apparently this gentleman is the founder of a school of education known as the silent approach. The gist of this school is that the teacher cannot teach but can only hope to awaken the learner's desire to learn. Gattegno is a wise man, especially ...
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Benchmarks

In Canada there is a system for evaluating the language skills of second language speakers called the Canadian Benchmark system. This program is no doubt the result of a lot of work by many people working in committees. According to this system la...
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Memory

I think adults get more frustrated than young learners when they seem unable to remember things. They probably have poorer short term memory than younger students. Even high school and university students probably have an ability to cram informati...
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