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The term modern foreign language (MFL) is used to distinguish between foreign languages that are currently in use such as French and German and dead classic languages such as Latin, Classical Chinese, Attic Greek, and Sanskrit. One of the most popular methods to teach MFLs is the language lab. A language lab is an audio-visual or audio installation that is used to aid language teaching. Students get to learn through audio, video, flash-based games, and the Internet. A
Throughout their career, most teachers will have classes of students with a wide range of learning abilities. This means they have to cater for all these students. They cannot use a 'one model fits all students' teaching pedagogue. This article looks at four different approaches to teaching most types of classes. An experienced teacher might use all four approaches, at different times, to get the best learning outcomes for each class.
Curriculum and instruction go hand in hand when it comes to meeting standards. Without a strong curriculum, instruction becomes lost and weak. Curriculum guides instruction and without curriculum there is no instruction. My theory is based on research and classroom experience as a teacher.
Excellent instructors know the power of metaphor, analogy, and story. They engage in elegant leverage by using something their students know well in order to introduce, explain, and anchor that which is being taught and learned. Additionally, systems thinking is rife with metaphor, analogy, and story. The simple diagrams of systems thinking serve to sketch reality, using circles and arrows and graphs we know and understand to create images that represent abst
Your students are deathly afraid of making mistakes and looking stupid in front of their peers. Failure hurts...especially at school...especially in front of their friends. Were you ever humiliated in front of your classmates? I was. It still hurts!
This is a short follow-up to a previous article on the viability of virtual worlds as language learning/teaching platforms, in specific Second Life. Focus here is the use of SL (Second Life) as a component of blended learning. http://eslarticle.com/pub/articles/english-as-a-second-language-esl/virtual-world-scepticism-792.htm