Education, Teaching & Language

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

I’m against private schools, but could a new cheap ‘no frills’ option sway me?

A plan to open a school with annual fees of £2,700 sounds superficially appealing – it wouldn’t be a place just for the rich<p>I must admit that I felt a slight, guilty thrill when I heard that an educational foundation in Scotland is trying to pioneer an “easyJet”-style, no-frills public school, …

Education

Can we learn a second language like we learned our first?

<b>Robert William McCaul, winner (with Marek Kiczkowiak) of the TeachingEnglish blog award, examines the influential ideas of linguist Stephen Krashen,</b> …

Language Learning

Are We There Yet? Artificial Intelligence in Education

“Hey Siri, What do you think of Artificial Intelligence?” <b><br>“I think, therefore I am. But let’s not put Descartes before the horse.” – Siri</b><p>While they …

Artificial Intelligence

THE ECSTASY HYPOTHESIS

The Ecstasy Hypothesis<br>Stephen Krashen<br>Peerspectives, 14: 7-9, 2015. (Kanda University of International Studies) http://peerspectivesonline.org. <br>A …

6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Routines and consistency matter greatly and are necessary for creating a smooth learning environment in your classroom. Routines help with creating …

Teaching

From Seaspeak to Singlish: celebrating other kinds of English

Dialects that blend, bend and offend the rigid rules of traditional grammar can be a delight<p>It was recently reported that the government is being urged to create opportunities for Britons to learn languages like Polish, Urdu and Punjabi, in order to effect more social cohesion. According to …

Language

Bilingual babies listen to languages — and don't get confused

Are two languages at a time too much for the mind? Caregivers and teachers should know that infants growing up bilingual have the learning capacities …

Language

Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains

Prior to the 1960s, scientists thought children who spoke more than one language had a handicap for learning because they had to spend too much time …

Emotions

How To Measure Tech's Success in Schools

How should we measure the benefits of technology in schools?<p>For the most part questions revolve around asking if technology will:<p>increase student …

Education

Simple Text

Gif Lingua was created to provide simple reading material for both struggling and “reluctant” readers and ELLs (English language learners). There was …

Teaching

Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders

We are in love with the word <i>Eureka</i>, and for a good reason. Creativity is magic: it’s the ability to create something out of nothing, to make …

Leadership

StudyCELTA Interviews with the Author | StudyCELTA

Share:<p>We talk with Jim Scrivener, two-time ESU Duke of Edinburgh Prize winner and three-time ELTon award-nominee, about an ESL teacher’s best skills, …

Teaching

A Matter of Imagination by Sugata Mitra

TED prize winner and founder of School in the Cloud, <b>Sugata Mitra,</b> describes his experimentation with causality, using computer simulation to explore …

Quantum Mechanics

Dalai Lama: We need an education of the heart

When the president of the United States says “America first,” he is making his voters happy. I can understand that. But from a global perspective, this statement isn’t relevant. Everything is interconnected today.<p>The new reality is that everyone is interdependent with everyone else. The United …

Buddhism

How does your brain pick one word from 50,000 in 0.6 seconds?

BBC News<p><b>The average English-speaker has about 50,000 words in their mind. But how do they find the right one in 600 milliseconds?</b><p>A Bangor University expert believes the constant battle for prominence between words like "cat" and "dog" could help to explain.<p>Dr Gary Oppenheim, of the university's …

Amazing

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

United States

Teaching the “Netflix Generation” #LT8keys

<i>“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”</i><br>– John Dewey, 1915<p>The availability of content and the multitude of …

Teaching

The Future of Teaching, Curation of Meaningful Learning Experiences

Content creation requires insights, relevance and the ability to anticipate future interests.<p>As Clay Shirky has famously pointed out, publishing is …

Learning
Education

Librarians as Teacher-Leaders

When talking about teaching and learning teachers do not immediately think about a school library. Most teachers see a library as just a place filled …

Teaching

Grassroots language technology: Wiktor Jakubczyc, vocab.today

It’s been a while since the last post on teachers doing it for themselves technology wise. Do check those out if you have not or need a reminder. The …

Mobile Apps

Irish teachers step up campaign against ‘unfair conditions’

In one of the latest events organised by the Unite trade union, teachers and students gathered outside a language school in Dublin to protest against …

Education

10 Ways Edtech Tools Can Facilitate the Teaching and Learning Process

For many education professionals, the thought of implementing technology into the classroom can often be a worry. Not wanting to offer learners new …

Education Technology

Dogme & TBLT - What do you do in the classroom?

This is a response to a post by Andrew Walkley of Lexical Lab on his about how teachers can use coursebooks in a principled way.I am not actually …

Teaching

Supporting Students With Interrupted Educations

Before he was my student, Jose grew corn and watermelon for years in Honduras instead of attending school. He said he had stopped in sixth grade …

Education

The work of 213,284 kids was analyzed. These are the writing and critical-thinking skills that stumped students.

It’s often said that young people today don’t know how to write, or, at least cannot write as well as their parents’ generation did. (Not that their parents were great writers, either). So how bad is the problem?<p>Pretty darn bad, and in specific ways that have now been evaluated by the people behind …

Critical Thinking

Dutch courage—Alcohol improves foreign language skills

A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University and …

How to Prevent Another Leonardo da Vinci

EDIT: This post has been chosen as a finalist in the 2007 Edublog Awards! Thank you to all its readers! :)<p>Earlier today, a friend and former teacher …

Leonardo Da Vinci

On Tyranny in the ESL Classroom: 20 Lessons from 20th Century Pedagogy

(Pace Timothy Snyder – originally this post was going to be “Democrating Backsliding in the ELT Classroom”, but I haven’t actually read the relevant …