Monthly Archives: January 2015

Some thoughts on teaching and English-language imperialism

In 2010, I moved to Japan, a country whose language I barely spoke, and whose customs I barely knew. I was put in charge of a classroom, despite having no formal background in teaching and only two weeks of training.

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My MA Thesis is finally finished!

Good news! I finally finished my MA thesis and turned it in this week. It’s titled Computerized Training in /r/-/l/ and Stress Distinctions for Japanese Learners. I’ll be defending it in early February. If you’re interested in reading it, you

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Japanese—the fastest language in the world?

A couple of years ago, there was a minor to-do in popular media on a study of speech rates. Scientific American, Time, The Economist, and many other outfits reported on a paper in the journal Language that seemed to indicate basic

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Teaching critical thinking skills in the classroom with Future Problem Solving

I’m going to make kind of a bold claim: I don’t think teachers really impart a whole lot of knowledge to their students. Yes, we provide guidance, and scaffolding, and advice and so on, but if your goal is to

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[Listening Activity] Happy New Year!

皆さん、明けましておめでとうおめでとう!新年の誓いを立てましたか?今年こそ、英語をちゃんと勉強しますか?僕は今年の誓いとして、もっと学習者向きの教材を作ること。そして、「一年の計は元旦にあり」というので、今日から始めます! 今日はリスニングの練習で、テーマはやっぱりお正月です。

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