Tag: communication

The Language of Lockdown

As we continue to connect digitally for work and even with loved ones, body language has become more important than ever. Gestures have to be performed in a more exaggerated and obvious way since we cannot rely on eye contact with delays in video calls—which means the way we present ourselves to others and accentuate our speech may have...

Parental Guidance Required

The unexpected transition to remote learning brought on by COVID-19 has led to a newfound respect amid both parents and teachers. Between teachers scurrying to prepare virtual lesson plans and curriculums and parents juggling multiple children, jobs, and housework, each party has their own set of challenges that they’ve had to overcome. Parents are now stepping into a new, unfamiliar...

Language Teacher vs. Acquisition Facilitator

Fill in the blank with the correct form of the word. Select the correct tense of the verb for the following statements. Which subject pronoun is correct? If this is reminiscent of your language study experiences, you are not alone. Over the past century, the majority of language study has resulted in little more than flashbacks of blank filling, memorized dialogue practice,...

Jan. 4 is #WorldBrailleDay

Today (January 4) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in November of 2018 as World Braille Day to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that people who are visually impaired are more likely than those with full...

Intercultural Mediation

How shall I talk of the sea to the frog,if it has never left its pond?How shall I talk of the frost to the bird of the summerland,if it has never left the land of its birth?How shall I talk of life with the sage,if he is prisoner of his doctrine?Chung Tsu, 4th Century B.C. (Fantini n.d., 26) Judging from...

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 craft that she values is getting to know her students, how their linguistic and cultural resources can enrich the class, and what fosters their learning. Additionally, during planning time, Irene...
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