Monthly Archives: April 2014

How To Learn a Language From a Hole In the Wall

Okay, let’s start again. One professor with a TED Prize wish tells a hall full of English teachers that sometimes kids learn best with no teachers around. Teachers react differently. Teachers have discussions. Teachers write blog posts, ask questions (the professor answers some of them). I want to move beyond teachers today. There’s plenty in […]

My Review of “Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese”

  Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese by Shaolan Hsueh My rating: 4 of 5 stars There are very few beautiful language learning tools out there. This is one of them. The myth of Chinese language is nearly always the same: the learning process is arduous, the speech itself – shrouded in mystery and […]

How Sugata Mitra Annoyed English Teachers (& why I care)

What is the role of good teaching? Why does learning sometimes happen on its own? Is there something children cannot learn independently? These were some questions brought about by Saturday’s morning plenary talk at IATEFL – an international English language teachers’ conference. For foreign language learners, the debate which ensued can be quite inspiring. Let’s […]