Monthly Archives: February 2011

Teaching reading strategies is great for teachers but not for readers : Striving Readers does not work. Stephen Krashen.

An interesting article from Krashen, which again shows that teaching reading strategies is not as effective as just making it easier for kids to read. Several hundred million dollars have spent on the Striving Reader program with relatively little… Continue reading

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The best way to learn languages.

What is the best way to learn languages? What is going to lead to success in the shortest possible time? There are so many people offering advice on the Internet on this subject, myself included, it is hard to know what works the best. If you chec… Continue reading

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Academically adrift. College students don’t learn much because they don’t read much.

A recent study shows that most college students don’t learn very much, largely because they don’t read enough. The more they read, the more they learn. The more they study in groups, the less they learn. Reading is the probably the single most use… Continue reading

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Three years to fluency in any language!!

If you google “fluency in ..months” you will find lots of web sites promising fluency in weeks or a few months. Who is kidding whom?It struck me that most language learners would be very happy to achieve genuine fluency in three years. Most langua… Continue reading

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The Seven Secrets to Successful Language Learning: #7 Become an Independent Language Learner

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The critical period hypothesis

Here is a presentation at TED which again stresses how we become less proficient language learners as we get older. I have seen so many people past their 20s do very well at difficult languages like Chinese and Japanese, that I simply do not buy t… Continue reading

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The Seven Secrets to Successful Language Learning: # 6 Get the tools.

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