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Why your wrong to care about grammar

In the year 1712, the essayist Jonathan Swift put forth quite a radical proposal for "Correcting, Improving, and Ascertaining" the English …

Language

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …

Storytelling

Teaching English in South Korea: Blog Story by Lindsey Clifford

● <b>Teaching Location:</b> Seoul, South Korea<br>● <b>Type of Teaching Job:</b> Academy, Private Elementary School<br>● <b>Student Age Group:</b> Kids<br>● <b>Monthly Salary:</b> 2,400,000 won …

South Korea

9 words we almost all use incorrectly, so don’t be embarrassed

Even though we like to consider ourselves mini-geniuses, everyone makes mistakes. For example, there are dozens of words we almost all use …

Language

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research suggests we may be predisposed to speak more than one language and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Quick tip: How to translate words in iOS with a single tap

The Look Up feature in iOS, which lets you tap on a word and look it up in the dictionary, the web, Wikipedia, and more, is one of the most useful things about reading on an iPhone or iPad. But did you know that you can also add new dictionaries, including translation dictionaries for foreign …

iOS

Adjective or Adverb

The Difference between Adjectives and Adverbs<p><b>Summary:</b><p>This worksheet discusses the differences between adjectives and adverbs. It defines adjectives …

Transforming Education, One Student At A Time

Personalized learning is a hot topic in the field of education right now. Aside from some remote exceptions, the concept has struggled to gain broad adoption. Conversations with those working across the sector echo what we’re hearing from thought leaders – that there are some critical barriers …

Personalized Learning

Pick The Plum Of Online Learning

Like ClassDojo, many of the companies making inroads into the K-12 arena are privately held and off-limits to stock market investors.<p>One alternative avenue for tapping into the educational software business is to invest in the industry’s dominant player, U.K.-based <b>Pearson PLC</b> (POS).<p>Pearson …

eLearning

The linguistics of colour names

The news website Vox has produced some good videos on linguistic topics, which can be found amidst their many other clips. Its latest one looks at …

Language

If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?

If we really want to understand how effective educational technology tools are for improving learner outcomes, we need to stop throwing the baby out …

Research

Here are 200 Excel shortcuts that'll make your life a lot easier

Within Excel you can conduct calculations on multiple worksheets and workbooks open at the same time.<p>Each workbook acts as its own separate window on your PC or Mac, while each worksheet acts as a tab within a workbook with separate cells.<p>This section of the Excel Guide offers all shortcuts you …

Adobe

How Certain Words in the English Language Originated From Terms to Describe the Weather

In an atmospheric episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss , linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill …

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction

<b>The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Differentiation is a simple idea that’s less simple to …

Pedagogy

6 Tips For Keeping Your Students Engaged in Class

The image of the bored, half-asleep, daydreaming teen sitting in a high school classroom is all too familiar for teachers. Most teenagers seem to …

What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? 10 New Ideas For Learning

<b>10 Rhetorical Questions To Create New Ideas For Learning</b><p>Lately I’ve found myself squinting a bit at some of the practices and structures in teaching …

Teaching

Feedback in the Classroom

I think that feedback is one of those constructs in education that seems both ‘common sensical’ yet elusive at the same time. It is absolutely …

Teaching

Your Brain Remembers Languages You Think You Forgot

New evidence suggests that the earliest traces of a language can stay with us into adulthood, even if we no longer speak or understand the language …

Why do some accents sound better than others?

When a funeral planning business recently decided to open its new contact centre in Newport, South Wales, it said it was doing so because Welsh …

Linguistics

How a Day Meant to Celebrate Mothers Sparked One of the Longest-Running Grammar Battles

FlickrCC/Virginia L.<p>Some holidays come with controversy, but who would think a day meant to celebrate mothers would have any? Apparently, there is a …

Mother's Day

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That …

Teaching

English Idioms and Phrases: A List with Meanings & Examples

Find Common English Idioms and Phrases<p>This page features a comprehensive list of common English idioms and phrases for language learners and …

Language

Teaching English in Vietnam: Blog Story by Kate and Kris

● <b>Teaching Location:</b> Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam<br>● <b>Type of Teaching Job:</b> Language academy and an international university<br>● <b>Student Age Group:</b> late teens …

Vietnam

Teaching English in Spain: Blog Story by Benjamin Greensmith

● <b>Teaching Location:</b> Logrono, Spain<br>● <b>Type of Teaching Job:</b> Teacher in an Academy<br>● <b>Student Age Group:</b> KIds, Teens and Adults<br>● <b>Monthly Salary:</b> 1150 Euros …

Spain

7 Common Beliefs About Learning (That Science Says Are Actually Totally Wrong)

Understanding the science of how to learn effectively will make you instantly smarter.<p>Every single one of us is legally required to spend over a decade in school. You'd think that, even if you graduate with only a shaky knowledge of trigonometry or Chaucer, after all that time you'd at least leave …

Learning

Grammarly raises $110 million to help fix your spelling

The company uses artificial intelligence to fix your spelling using a Chrome extension, Microsoft Word and a Windows app.<p>Nervous about your syntax? Grammarly has your back -- and also $110 million in funding, after its first venture round.<p>Grammarly uses artificial intelligence to help fix spelling, …

Artificial Intelligence

10 things about learning languages I wish I’d known 10 years ago

I started learning languages as a serious hobby just over ten years ago. It started out as a slow and frustrating process, and I never truly believed …

Language Learning

How to learn a language in super-fast time

Last week, the war of words between the EU and Britain over Brexit took an unexpected turn – when Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, elected to deliver his in French instead of English.<p>Addressing a conference in Italy, Junker claimed that “slowly but surely English is losing …

Language Learning

9 mind-expanding TED Talks to watch if you only have 10 minutes

Big ideas can come in small packages.<p>Take TED Talks, the beloved lectures on technology, entertainment, and design. Some of the most insightful talks …

TED Talks