A Model for MOOCs : Dublin City University Setting the Standard for Language Learning

The Liffey, Dublin. Dublin City University provides some excellent MOOCs via the FutureLearn platform. Image from freeimages.com.

This week I completed the final week of one of Dublin City University’s Irish language MOOCs on the e-course platform FutureLearn. And I can honestly report that it was one of the best online language learning experiences I’ve had. If… Continue reading

Micromastery: chunking and rationalising your language learning

Trying to complete a Rubik's Cube - a case for micromastery?

Always on the lookout for new learning hacks and tips, I’ve been digging into Robert Twigger’s Micromastery this week. The premise of the book is simple: learn new skills by breaking them down into manageable chunks and deal with them in… Continue reading

Duolingo: Five reasons it’s a show-stopper for linguists

An owl, much like the Duolingo mascot!

I was quite late to the Duolingo party. It might be a wee bit of jealousy, perhaps; as an educational app developer, you look at software like Duolingo and think: wow, that is an educational app. But lately, I’ve bitten the… Continue reading

Free for all: language courses from Live Lingua [review]

Which language do you choose out of 7,000 in the world?

Language learning can be an expensive business. Course materials can be so expensive. And despite free resources like podcasts, online video and websites, sometimes, nothing beats a good coursebook. If only they were free, right? Free for all Well, thanks to the… Continue reading

Procrastination, begone! The 12 Week Year [Review]

A calendar page, which you might use to beat procrastination!

Confession time: I get hopelessly lost in optimistic procrastination. I always think I have time for everything. That goes for language learning, too. I start with great intentions of doing a bit every day, yet quickly fall behind when everyday life demands… Continue reading