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Implementing a Strong Phonics Program

Lynn Hobratschk, Amy Jones, and Lisa Toole share their best practices for choosing curriculum, training educators, and maintaining focus According to some recent research, phonics instruction is one of the most effective ways to teach children...

Stressing Classy Communication

In a midsized school, a veteran second-grade teacher is working diligently with her students on a unit called Taking Shape. An aspect of Irene’s teacher...

Sharing Selfie Improvement

Outside singles competitions—say, in tennis or the shot put or figure skating—there are very few truly individual athletes. And even for those athletes, odds are they’re not...

Newspapers, Childhood Reading Key to Strong Vocabulary

Researchers at London’s Institute of Education have found that children who are avid readers reap the rewards well into adulthood. The participants of the...
Teacher reading out to students for comprehension in the library

The Case for Comprehensible Input

Stephen Krashen provides the evidence to support his hypothesis of second-language acquisition The work of the last 40 years is the result of a war between two very different views about how we acquire language...

The Amazing Case of El Biblioburro

Lori Langer de Ramirez uses the world language classroom to broaden students’ knowledge of geography and introduce concepts like social justice Language study can open a student’s eyes to social issues around the world. In...

Catering to Individual Differences

Kevin McClure explains how developments in neuroscience can help students receive the instruction that they alone require All language teachers know from their teaching experiences that language learners are different from each other. Now, neuroscience...

‘UNConference’ Highlights Professionalism of Language Contractors

Views on the classification of interpreters and translators will be on offer in Huntington Beach, California. The Association of Language Companies (ALC) will be hosting its annual UNConference January 17-19,...

The ESL Makeover

Danny Brassell gets over himself to make learning fun for all ages When I first began teaching elementary school, my principal asked me...

Adding Madness to Method

Nothing draws more heated arguments in the field of language instruction than methods. Between trademarks and remarks, there has been much divisive...