Stupid Questions : Learn to Love Getting Stuff Wrong

Lots of question marks. Don't be afraid to ask questions! Image by Kerbstone, FreeImages.com

“There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.” That nugget of wisdom, often attributed to Carl Sagan, reminds us to keep seeking knowledge, even if we make (sometimes very public) mistakes. And nothing feels more public and exposed than whole… Continue reading

The Listening Monster: Language teacher tips for taking the sting out

Listening can be one of the most challenging skills in a foreign language. Image from freeimages.com.

Same objectives, different worlds – the polyglot and school classroom teaching communities strive for identical goals, but it often feels like they are leagues apart. It’s a perfect match waiting to be realised, as both have so much to learn… Continue reading

A Tale of Two Learning Styles : Accelerated Input vs. Restraint and Repetition

A lecture hall - which learning styles reign here? Photo by Gokhan Okur on FreeImages

Learning styles are like fine wines – there’s one for every taste, occasion or whim. And this week, I had the chance to return to a mode and pace that enthusiastic, independent learners sometimes miss out on. On Wednesday, I… Continue reading