BlogPosts Tagged "Education" (Page 4)
I had lunch the other day with a college language professor. He told me that the dropout rate for students of Asian languages at his university was very high. Most students who start a first-year program give it up in the first year. Apparently this is not unusual. The attrition rates for online language learning […]Read more Language learning drop outs
My grandchildren in Vancouver attend French immersion school. This means that their classes, most of them, are in French. French immersion is very popular amongst English-speaking parents, because it enables their children to go to a school where there are fewer special needs learners. On the positive side, students in French immersion develop good French […]Read more Developing Listening Skills
En général oui. Les enfants apprennent mieux. Mais les adultes peuvent apprendre des enfants comment mieux apprendre.Read more Les enfants, apprennent ils mieux les langues que les adultes?
Reading a grammar book is like reading a manual. Grammar explanations are very hard to understand and absorb until we have enough experience with the language. As a person commented on a video I did a few years ago called “Krashen and Grammar“: “This is consistent with James Paul Gee’s statement that textbooks are “manuals”, […]Read more Reading a grammar book is like reading a manual
We had a lively discussion at my YouTube channel about how to say “I” in Japanese. In my recent video Learn Japanese an Introduction, I used the following sentence to illustrate how the Japanese language works. 私はカナダ人です. (I am Canadian) . I pronounced ”私” わたくし rather thanわたし。A number of people who follow my YouTube channel, all of them non-native speakers, […]Read more Language details: How to say “I” in Japanese?
I recently did a video on the relationship between linguistics and language learning. I am trying to explain that in many ways linguistics contributes to an over complication of language learning and language instruction. I referred to the work of Amorey Geithin. Here is his article called ” The Mirage of Linguistics”. To give you […]Read more The Mirage of Linguistics
The Internet is a treasure trove of interesting articles and sources of information. Here is a wonderful article on the rational learning of foreign languages. It is written by Amorey Geithin, someone who has taught English as a foreign language for more than 35 years. The the article begins by laying down the gauntlet. I […]Read more The Rational Learning of Foreign Languages
Two evenings ago I had dinner with a Brazilian couple and we spoke Portuguese. Last night I had dinner with a Chinese person and we spoke Mandarin. I just finished a Skype conversation in Czech with a person in Prague, who is a member of a political party there. In all cases I was able […]Read more The power of listening
Yet another thread at LingQ on vocabulary learning. I am quoted as having said the following: “To me a word is like a person you get to know and who is going to help you learn the language. You know lots of people without knowing them in detail. The more often you meet them in […]Read more Quantity over quality in vocabulary learning