The Political Economy of Language Use In Global Relationships: Some Useful Concepts

The intersection of power, language and globalization as understood through the relationships of international couples.

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Applying For the Job: Using Work Simulators in the L2TL Classroom

The EFL Situation ESL/EFL teachers will immediately recognize the theme of "jobs" as a staple of almost all ESL/EFL textbooks. Even very young students in most places recognize that their parents work or that there are people in their community like police officers or restaurant workers. It is this, assumed, shared understanding that makes "jobs" … Continue reading Applying For the Job: Using Work Simulators in the L2TL Classroom

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”

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)