Take Your Learners to Work: A L2TL Review of “MyCafe: Recipes & Stories”

This review is part of a series of posts that examine different games for their usefulness in teaching ESL/EFL under a game-design enhanced approach to TBLT. Want to know more about that first? See this foundational post for background information and an actual example.  Introduction I have from time to time, played facebook games. I know … Continue reading Take Your Learners to Work: A L2TL Review of “MyCafe: Recipes & Stories”

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How To Give Effective Feedback to Language Learners?: An Example of Vygotskian Responsive Assistance

Previously, I wrote a piece critical of what many EFL teachers might think is good advice for giving student feedback. I mentioned in that post that a more effective method would be Dynamic Assessment. This post then is a follow-up to that post. Here I detail what exactly DA is and then provide an extend example with … Continue reading How To Give Effective Feedback to Language Learners?: An Example of Vygotskian Responsive Assistance

Using A Game-Design Enhanced Approach to TBLT: The Example of The Social Deception Tabletop Game “Coup”:

This essay attempts to both describe and motivate the Bridging Activities Cycle for game-design enhanced TBLT. For further foundational reading into the philosophical and theoretical motivations for using games and taking a game-design approach to TBLT, see here. Introduction Vernacular video games, or commercial video games, have in the last decade begun to be examined … Continue reading Using A Game-Design Enhanced Approach to TBLT: The Example of The Social Deception Tabletop Game “Coup”:

Error Correction in Language Teaching

This essay is a short review of one specific aspect of Brown and Larson-Hall's 2012 introductory book Second Language Acquisition Myths. In particular, this review addresses the myth of error correction, which Brown and Larson-Hall phase as "Language Learners Always Benefit From Error Correction". Introduction The question of error correction is certainly perplexing to many of us … Continue reading Error Correction in Language Teaching

I’m not lesson planning because blog

My 7th graders recently spent some time trying to figure out the difference between “because ______” and “because OF _____” in preparation for their midterm tests.  It caused a whole lot of consternation, even though the answer is fairly straightforward and easy to follow. Simply, “because [reason]” is used to introduce a secondary clause; while … Continue reading I’m not lesson planning because blog

The one where I get Final Fantasy VII into a lesson

In my 7th graders textbook, the reading portion for our current chapter is focused on art history and linguistically on color/feeling words and “makes me feel” type phrases.  They are taught to associate colors with feelings and then make a commentary on a piece of artwork. (“The blue colors in this picture make me feel … Continue reading The one where I get Final Fantasy VII into a lesson

Language Exchange Lament (and a lesson plan for Listening)

There is a popular method for informal language learning here in South Korea (and I’m sure other places) that goes by the name “language exchange”.  The name is appealing.  It suggests a business-like approach to the learning of a language, a fair trade in which you give and then take equal shares of a product. … Continue reading Language Exchange Lament (and a lesson plan for Listening)