Monthly Archives: April 2011

Linguists, unijambistes and diplomatists.

The proponents of the position that “linguist” should mean student of linguistics, and not speaker of several languages, are continuing to defend their position after my recent video, “The joy of being a linguist and the power of input.” But for m… Continue reading

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Language and culture

Language and culture are at the core of education, or should be. With all the debate about language learning methods, the definition of “linguist”, input versus output versus grammar, the role of the Internet etc. it is sometimes useful to take st… Continue reading

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Long before Krashen it was understood that languages are best learned through input.

Krashen’s ideas about the primacy of input and reading are not new, according to this fascinating article, that should be the subject of ongoing discussion. Here are a few choice paragraphs.John Locke, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1692),… Continue reading

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Are you a linguist?

Who is a linguist? I am reading my book “The Linguist, a Language Learning Odyssey”, in Russian. Here is what I wrote in the introduction to the book 8 years ago.Note: The book has been translated into 8 or 9 languages. As I see it, everyone is a … Continue reading

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Language politics again

A law has been proposed in, where else, California, making it illegal to insist on a specific language of work!!”SB 111, authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would make it a violation of the state’s civil rights law for a company to requi… Continue reading

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Funding, the biggest obstacle to education reform and initiative.

Cornell University officials are complaining that funding cuts will mean shutting down programs in “lesser-known languages that hold national importance, like Khmer and Burmese”, “What these grants do is allow us to offer languages that may not ha… Continue reading

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In praise of “hanging thoughts” that inspire us.

Reading and listening are great ways to bring thoughts into your brain that will be of use later. I often remember words and phrases from the first texts that I listened to so often in Russian a few years ago. Six months ago I listened to the audi… Continue reading

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