Monthly Archives: June 2013

Teaching Technique: Scaffolding

What is Scaffolding? Scaffolding is a model for describing an effective form of instruction. Taking theories of child development as its basis, the term “scaffolding” seeks to describe the interaction between a learner and teacher in relation to the learner’s

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The Monitor Model

Krashen’s Monitor Model has been extremely influential, largely as a result of its easy applicability to teaching practices. It makes a short list of memorable claims, and was fairly revolutionary when held up against the pedagogical norms of its day.

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All I know so far

I taught myself Japanese in around 3 years, and am currently doing a master’s course in TESOL. I’m not an expert yet–not by a long shot–but I know a thing or two about picking up a new language. I wish

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Chomsky on the Responsibilities of Teachers

The willingness to rely on “experts” is a frightening aspect of contemporary political and social life. Teachers, in particular, have a responsibility to make sure that ideas and proposals are evaluated on their merits, and not passively accepted on grounds

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How to Pronounce the Japanese Nasal, ん

In phonology, we refer to ん as a phoneme. A phoneme is a mental representation of a sound, which native speakers will usually receive as the same sound, and we usually represent that with slashes, like this: /ɴ/. That’s the

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