Give me an example of 2 strategies…

Monday, April 21st, 2014


“Give me an example of 2 strategies.”

So there I was, giving a presentation to a group of teachers taking about how much I believe in Strategy Based Instruction (SBI) for language learners when…

Someone in the audience said, “Give us an example of two strategies you use with your students.”

Umm…so I drew a blank.

Frantically thinking about all the workshops I’ve delivered. Papers I’ve written. Books I’ve read.

Complete blank.
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5 Steps Towards Accent Reduction

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


One of the most frequent goals that I hear from my language students is, “I want to speak like an American.” Whether they are graduate students or professionals, mastering the American accent is their end-goal. Accent reduction takes time, however, and patience. Even after years of study and living abroad, non-native speakers will still struggle to “lose” their accent. As such, this post takes on the challenge of accent reduction, not necessarily accent elimination. Here are 5 helpful strategies to get you started: …Continue Reading

Adjusting Audio Speed

Monday, April 14th, 2014

If you’re struggling to keep up with the speaker’s rate of speech, you can always adjust the tempo, or speed, of the audio file. You can accomplish this using the different tech tools below. …Continue Reading


Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I snagged this photo from a recent teacher training. The word labels describe HOTS – or higher-order thinking skills – and LOTS – lower-order thinking skills. …Continue Reading

Language Learning Challenge Bust?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Guardian did this article back in February 2014 discussing the different language learning apps and online products which are enjoying brisk business these days. The article closes with a challenge – whether or not a person can learn a language ‘successfully’ online.

I take issue with the rather subjective measurement of ‘successful’, …Continue Reading