Social-Constructivist Assessment and The Problem of Standards

Introduction In my position as the so-called native English teacher, my primary responsibilities are to teach communicative English and culture. Part of that responsibility includes a performance-based assessment, or speaking test. For the students, this has been a frought time, since they have to get used to a new teacher, learn very new content and … Continue reading Social-Constructivist Assessment and The Problem of Standards

Ludonarrative Dissonance, Conceptual Metaphor and Language Learning

1. Introduction One important way tabletop gamers get introduced to new games is through video playthroughs that local in-person groups shoot together and upload on popular websites like youtube or boardgamegeek. Over time, the familiarity a viewer has with a particular play-group gives them a sense of trust that the games they play might be … Continue reading Ludonarrative Dissonance, Conceptual Metaphor and Language Learning

Bridging the digital-tabletop divide and why it’s a good idea

1. Introduction The theories of language learning and the pedagogical practices I work through deal almost exclusively with the content of digital language learning. Internet-based social language learning in CALL or MALL or whatever other area is an exciting place to practice language learning and teaching. In my own Vygostkian sociocultural theoretic practice, the main … Continue reading Bridging the digital-tabletop divide and why it’s a good idea

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