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More Japanese Scholar in London

In this post, as the title suggests, I will introduce another article by Dr. Kazuya Saito. First, though, I’d like to touch on a question that arose regarding my last post. The abstract to one of the articles mentioned claimed, “Results suggested that explicit instruction had a significant effect on comprehensibility especially in the sentence-reading […]

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A Japanese Scholar in London Kazuya Saito Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, University College London    According to his webpage, Dr. Saito is currently studying audio processing and the role natural ability plays in second language learning. He is also working on a corpus for spontaneous speech of adult Japanese learners of English, […]

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What is the most important thing we can teach young learners? Grammar? Vocab? Well, in my obviously biased opinion, it is the sounds. After years of teaching at the university level, it is clear who my best students have been. Other than those who have been abroad, the best students are those who studied at […]

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In this post, I will do what I often do. I will write about an article I read.This article, though, left me in a strange place – a kind of quandary.   Dr. Paola Escudero is an expert in the field of second language acquisition. She got her Ph. D in the Netherlands and is currently […]

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  Referent Vowels I don’t want to sound like a smarty-pants, but I asked friends and colleagues if they had heard of referent vowels and nobody had. For that reason, I assume many of you don’t know about them either.   Research has discovered that vowel discrimination is often asymmetric. This means that discriminating a […]

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This post, as is often the case, will discuss articles I have recently read. This time though, I will leave one of the articles anonymous. I don’t feel like being polite or diplomatic. I’ve just had it. I’m fed up.   The article that will remain unknown is about phonics. It is a conference paper […]

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Being able to hear the sounds of a second language is important, right?   For listening, pronunciation, and phonics!!   I mean, how can you teach phonics, which is the correspondence between sounds and letters, if the students cannot distinguish all the sounds?   And, how do you teach the sounds to students who cannot […]

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For a bit more of what b4 does:    

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I came across an old TLT interview with Robert DeKeyser. It’s from May/June 2016, and in it he says what I have been saying since I started blogging. Namely, that grammar and vocabulary can be learned at any age. “Pronunciation” however,  “is clearly a function of age.” And this, as I have said perhaps too many […]

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Most English teachers know of the cognitive gains associated with bilingualism.  We love to tell our students about them. But, do you know when these improvements start to show, and what that implies?   At least some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism are attributed to a bilingual’s need to inhibit one language while using […]

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