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What is ‘fluency’? What does it mean to be ‘fluent’?

If you’ve ever learned another language to a reasonably high level, you’ve probably had people ask you if you’re ‘fluent’. Probably half of the conversations I have with new acquaintances take this form: New Friend: How long have you been

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TESOL warmup: Who Are You?

I made a little warmup activity in PowerPoint to introduce stative vs. active verbs in the present tense. It’s a little quiz show about famous English-language singers. I put on the Who song “Who Are You” in the background for

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Getting the most out of authentic materials

Nearly every day, I see posts up in /r/LearnJapanese and similar forums for language learners, asking what kinds of resources are good and how to learn from materials made for native speakers. These people are definitely on the right track.

Posted in Getting Started, Learn Japanese, SLA, Study Habits

Hot Button Issue: using students’ native language in the classroom

Everyone knows that full immersion is the absolute best way to learn a language, right? Ideally, we all want to learn a language the way native speakers learn it, so that our own language doesn’t conflict with our new language.

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Aptitude and Motivation

Among all factors affecting successful second language acquisition, aptitude and motivation have the strongest correlation with positive learning outcomes. This may not come as much of a shock to anyone actively engaged in learning a language. For teachers, though, this

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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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