Monthly Archives: October 2010

Is self-learning something that can be taught in schools?

Can we cultivate self-learning in schools? Can schools teach kids to develop a strong interest in learning, and recognize that learning is essentially their own responsibility. Can we do things differently and nurture a pleasure in learning all li… Continue reading

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English cultural pollution.

One of the most pleasing things about visiting a country used to be the chance to hear the local music, in bars, restaurants and elsewhere. This was part of the flavour of the country, like the language, the food, the countryside. Now this has bee… Continue reading

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5 ways to learn to notice a new language

Good language learners notice what is happening in a language. They notice the sounds of the language, and the structure and the vocabulary. They notice as they listen and read. They notice when they use the language. How can we train ourselves in… Continue reading

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Language is a habit. To change a habit we need to notice it.

Language is a behavioural habit. Learning another language is like learning some of the behavioural habits of another culture. If you do not notice these habits you cannot learn them or acquire them. If you talk too loud, or always eat with your m… Continue reading

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In my ideal school I would increase teachers’ salaries – a dream?

I would offer higher salaries than what teachers are getting in the public school system, but would hire only the most outstanding teachers. And they would have to perform or they would be gone. They should be enthusiastic, creative and models for… Continue reading

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You can only learn what you already know (Sufi saying)

This is one of my favourite bits of wisdom, when it comes to language learning. That is why I prefer a lot of input before trying to learn any grammar. But it does not only apply to language learning. I am visiting Italy, Lucca to be exact. I was … Continue reading

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Minority languages and the rights of Tibetans to preserve their language.

China is imposing Chinese as the main language of instruction in areas of the country which are majority Tibetan, and are even designated as “Autonomous” regions. This has sparked some protests within China according to this article.I was just in … Continue reading

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