Education, Teaching & Language

By David Deubelbeiss | A reader featuring all the latest news, research & resources for teachers.

Why Is It Hard For Adults To Become Fluent In English?

What You Need To Know About Adult Language Learning<p>When you are a child and are learning your first words, you are learning both the concept for …

Language Learning

Technology and Teaching

Professional Development

Do conversation-driven lessons make any sense? – Part 3

“But, quiet, my fair lady. I shall now tell the tale of the brave Sir Dante. This brave knight travelled great lengths to seek his justice and help …

Storytelling

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

Teachers have long known that rote memorization can lead to a superficial grasp of material that is quickly forgotten. But new research in the field …

The Brain

What happens in an internet minute in 2017?

Just a month ago, it was revealed that Facebook has more than two billion active monthly users. That means that in any given month, more than 25% of …

Yankee Stadium

Using Video In The Classroom – A Teacher’s Handbook - EFL 2.0 Teacher Talk

I’ve been posting a lot lately about the best tips, advice, resources related to video in the classroom. Find these and more articles on my own …

18 Incredibly Inventive Teachers Whose Classes I Wouldn’t Skip

Each of us had at least a couple of teachers with an amazing sense of humor. They brightened up our student life, not being afraid of appearing funny …

Teaching

Numbers 'were my mother tongue': How autistic savant Daniel Tammet sees language

<b>Daniel Tammet</b> is a most extraordinary man. He sees the world very differently than most people.<p>For him, words and numbers and pictures and emotions …

Autism

‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball

When he returns home from the stadium, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis often gets into bed and watches reruns of “Friends.” Even though Galvis, 27, is from Venezuela and grasped English late in life, he is so addicted to the sitcom that he has watched every episode of the 10-season …

Wilmer Flores

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

Cambridge University could allow laptops and iPads for exams amid fear young people are losing ability to write

Cambridge University is considering axing compulsory written exams and allowing students to use laptops or iPads instead, after tutors complained that students' handwriting is becoming illegible.<p>Academics say that the move, which would bring an end to more than 800 years of tradition, has come …

Education

Cracks in the Wall?

Recent tweets by the usual suspects – coursebook writers, teacher trainers, publishers, examiners and paid conference speakers – suggest that members …

Education

The case for translation in foreign language instruction

<b>Introduction</b><p>This article was inspired by www.frenchteacher.net Steve Smith’s very informative and insightful post ‘What is the point of translation” …

Language Learning

Education by the Numbers

There are as many American public school educations as there are students. One shared factor that affects a vast number of them, however, is race. Its impact drives the four narrative features in this week’s Education Issue. But numbers can tell their own stories too. The statistics here suggest …

Education

The sad story of public education in St. Louis

This is the story of public education in St. Louis and the challenges it has faced, an instructive tale in an era when the U.S. president and education secretary are intent on increasing alternatives to traditional public schools.<p>Rich in history and detail, the piece is long, but worth the time. It …

Education

Why are there not more ESL/EFL teachers working in schools? A case for collaborative professional development

Collaborative

Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots? – Gaston Dorren

Ah, for the days of fact-free linguistics! The pre-scientific era might have produced a lot of codswallop and hogwash, but how entertaining it is to …

Linguistics

Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake.

The current debate over public education underestimates its value—and forgets its purpose.<p>Public schools have always occupied prime space in the excitable American imagination. For decades, if not centuries, politicians have made hay of their supposed failures and extortions. In 2004, Rod Paige, …

Education

America is slowly sucking the life out of education—starting with its teachers

Education pays.<p>According to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), adults with a college degree are 10 percentage points more likely to be employed, and will earn 56% more on average than adults who only completed the end of high school. They are less …

Education

How Americanisms are killing the English language

A book released this year claims that Americanisms will have completely absorbed the English language by 2120. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>So it turns out I can no longer speak English. This was the alarming realisation foisted upon me by Matthew Engel’s witty, cantankerous yet nonetheless …

Language

Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy

Classrooms in the U.S. often focus most attention on literacy and math, largely because those skills are considered foundational and are tested. …

Teaching

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Paper ... or glass?<p>Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?<p>It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow …

Education

Reflective Teaching

Professional Development

The party’s over – how tuition fees ruined university life

With the poorest undergraduates now racking up £57,000 of debt, the traditional student lifestyle – all alcohol, sex and essay crises – is being replaced by an enormous pressure to succeed. Has turning education into a commodity had a damaging effect?<p>Before he went to university, Jack O’Neill …

Education

6 Traits Of A Successful eLearning Team

Top Traits A Successful eLearning Team Should Have<p>eLearning teams come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the scope of the eLearning course. The …

Project Management

Dear Teachers, Don’t Be Good Soldiers for the EdTech Industry

Dear fellow teachers,<p>Thank you for coming to this meeting on such short notice.<p>I know you have plenty more important matters to attend to this …

Education

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

MAPLETON, N.D. — One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo.<p>Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on …

Education

P is for Predictions (part 1)

I’m regularly asked to make predictions about the future of ELT: it’s one of the liabilities of being on a conference panel, for starters. I seldom …

Education

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

<i>“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach</i> …