Monthly Archives: January 2011

Teaching strategies for guessing at new words in language learning.

The following comment is from an exchange amongst language teachers.”While guessing might not be exactly what’s called for, I’d hope that practitioners would encourage some informed guesses some of the time (working from context, etc etc) – so tha… Continue reading

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Learning French and other languages in school.

According to this article in the Vancouver Sun, French is to lose its position of privilege in our local schools. I think this step is long overdue. Most kids are not at all motivated to learn French, and as a consequence don’t. If kids are able t… Continue reading

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The Language Learners’ Declaration of Independence.

The Language Learners’ Declaration of Independence (draft). I welcome additional clauses.We have the inalienable right to pursue happiness, well-being, and prosperity through the pleasurable study of the languages of mankind. We have the inalienab… Continue reading

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English as a universal language, a new teaching paradigm?

In this article in the Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese expert on English teaching, Kumiko Torikai, explains that a new paradigm is needed in English teaching. Since English is the universal language, it needs to be taught, not as the natives spe… Continue reading

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Japan LingQ meet ups.

I am looking forward to our Japan LingQ meet ups. My only problem is that I got food poisoning on Wednesday morning, and have not eaten a proper meal for two days. With rest and a diet of Pocari Sweat, I think my system is ready, but I may have to… Continue reading

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Akita city

We landed despite the snow. The drive in from the airport would suggest that Akita city is not an architectural wonder. Lots of Lawson convenience stores, and Pachinko parlours and gas stations and restaurants with garish neon lights or so it seem… Continue reading

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Day 1 in Japan

Last night I arrived in Narita. Tonight I am sitting in Chitose (Sapporo) airport waiting to fly to Akita. I may have to return here says JAL, because of snow in Akita. (The ever careful and under-promising Japanese). It sure makes it easier to de… Continue reading

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