BlogPosts Tagged "Education" (Page 6)
Motivation is at the heart of language learning and literacy. The interest we have in the subject we are reading is a major motivator for reading, enabling us to struggle with difficult texts and as a result, learn. Here we are told to read the Ne...Read more Why do teachers like to tell you what to read?
Language learning effectiveness depends to a large degree on timing. There are times when we are prepared to learn certain things, and other times when we are not. If confronted with information at a time when we are not ready, or not interested, ...Read more Timing and language learning effectiveness.
On Fiction is a fascinating website that describes iteself as follows; "OnFiction is a magazine with the aim of developing the psychology of fiction. Using theoretical and empirical perspectives, we endeavour to understand how fiction is created, ...Read more The psychological benefits of reading fiction.
I heartily recommend that language learners get a hold of good quality audio books, narrated by people whose style and voice they like, as I pointed out in an earlier post. Listen to them over and over if necessary. Even if you do not understand i...Read more More on the power of audio books and language learning.
Here is a succinct summary of the value of input from a letter that Stephen Krashen submitted to Newsweek. I agree with him. Of course it is great to speak, when you have enough words, when you have the opportunity. However, listening and reading ...Read more Krashen on input, brief and to the point.
At LingQ, each of our lessons consists of audio and text, which are available for download. These are mostly provided by our members. We are having a discussion at our Forum on what constitutes the ideal length of content for learners at different...Read more The ideal length of a language lesson.
Google alerts directed me to this blog post on whether independent language learners can be influenced by teachers. In my view, if teachers cannot influence the motivation of learners, then there is something very wrong.Read more The myth of the independent language learner.
I am not sure when I started on Czech, but I know that I had my Cantonese radio interview on July 23, so it was not before July 24, Sunday. I am assumng I have spent 2 weeks on Czech. My activity has consisted mostly of downloading lessons from ou...Read more Learning Czech, an update
Here is an article that I recently wrote for lifehack.org on this subject. This kind of relates to the issue of accepting what we achieve in language learning, at every stage, even while striving to improve.Read more Learning to accept our achievements.