Create Opportunities for Language Learning Success

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Language learning websites and newsletters are filled with discussions about making language learning your New Year’s resolution.

Awesome! I heartily support this resolution, but … let’s fast forward three months…

Life happens. We all get busy. There are groceries to buy, projects due, and papers to write. We spend time with friends and family. We play video games, talk on the phone, chat, and text. Sometimes we just want to do nothing more than spend an evening watching TV.

Knowing this, the next step in helping you maintain your motivation during your language learning journey is to build language learning reminders into your daily life. …Continue Reading

Learning Styles: Controversial but Oh-So Compelling!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

This past week I gave the following presentation to a group of colleagues:

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The First Step to Become a Self-Directed Language Learner

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I was working with an English learner from China the other day, and she mentioned that she was getting her driver’s license. In China, the first step in getting a driver’s license involves studying for and taking a 100 question multiple choice exam and passing with at least 90% accuracy.

My response: Wow! 100 questions? I’d never pass!

Her response: No. It’s no big deal. We’re Chinese. That’s what we do. We’re very good at taking tests. …Continue Reading

Are you a self-directed language learner?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

So there you are. Sitting in front of your computer. You suddenly get the urge to learn Cantonese. Do you know what to do? …Continue Reading

What’s wrong with language learner compensation strategies at the higher levels?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

A common attitude held by language learners is that one course or a series of sequential courses will allow them to meet their individual goals. The reality of proficiency development is that while the lower levels breeze by for learners, at the higher levels it will often seem as if the same learners plateau.

In fact, by the time language learners reach the advanced levels, they have often developed a complex set of compensation strategies which allow them to …Continue Reading