The following from our Linguist Forum may be of interest. One of our learners, Assad, sent an MP3 file of him reading a text. This enabled our tutors to pick out areas to work on and provide the following recommendation on improving pronunciation....Read more Improving Pronunciation
I read the following books on vocabulary, all published by Cambridge and purchased through Amazon: Vocabulary in Language Teaching by Jack Richards, Learning Vocabulary in Another Language, by Paul Nation, Vocabulary, Description, Acquisition and ...Read more More on vocabulary and learning
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 ...Read more Skiing and words
I guess I got a little carried away on my last post. I was hoping to create some controversy but only got one comment, and that seemed to agree with me. There are many dedicated teachers and university professors. However, most of the insitutions ...Read more Free up education, more random thoughts.
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 ...Read more Caleb Gattegno
To be a successful language learner you have to deal with uncertainty. You have to accept that there will always be words that you do not understand, and words that you pronounce wrong. There will always be times when you do not really get your me...Read more Dealing with uncertainty
I have been reading "The Mind and the Brain, Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force" by Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley. What becomes clear is that the brain constantly responds to stimulus to adjust and create neural networks. Language ...Read more More on adult learners
Further on Chinese characters. I recommend learning more than one per day for the following reason. Language learning is a process of training the brain. In fact one needs to stimulate the neurons in the brain to create a network than can process ...Read more Chinese characters II