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5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education : NPR Ed. There are few household names in education research.

5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education : NPR Ed

Maybe that in itself constitutes a problem. But if there was an Education Researcher Hall Of Fame, one member would be a silver-haired, plainspoken Kiwi named John Hattie. Hattie directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He also directs something called the Science of Learning Research Centre, which works with over 7,000 schools worldwide. Over the past 28 years he has published a dozen books, mostly on a theory he calls Visible Learning. Obvious? Small classes. Hattie doesn't run his own studies. ESL EFL Teaching Activities Worksheets Lessons Games. What happens in the brain when you learn a language? Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain.

What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of a growing body of research using brain imaging technologies to better understand the cognitive benefits of language learning. Tools like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrophysiology, among others, can now tell us not only whether we need knee surgery or have irregularities with our heartbeat, but reveal what is happening in our brains when we hear, understand and produce second languages. The Swedish MRI study showed that learning a foreign language has a visible effect on the brain. Young adult military recruits with a flair for languages learned Arabic, Russian or Dari intensively, while a control group of medical and cognitive science students also studied hard, but not at languages. However we learn, this recent brain-based research provides good news. Building a Better Teacher.

People remember 10%, 20%...Oh Really? Publication Note.

People remember 10%, 20%...Oh Really?

7 Ways to Memorize a Language and Understand It. Posted on 08.

7 Ways to Memorize a Language and Understand It

Oct, 2014 by meaghan in Language Learning We published a SlideShare earlier this month discussing “8 Mistakes that Haunt Language Learners”. One of these mistakes is worth a deeper look—the concept of memorizing what needs to be understood. It’s a big problem for anyone who wants to learn a language quickly, but more importantly sustain it over time and use it fluidly. So what, exactly, is the problem with memorizing versus understanding?

Noonan - Teaching ESL Students to "Notice" Grammar. The Internet TESL Journal Francis J. Noonan IIIchipperchina [at] hotmail.comEaston Area School District (Easton, PA, USA) This article explains how to teach ESL/EFL students to notice grammar. There is also a suggested lesson plan. Introduction. Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers - Teacher in a Strange Land. News » Researchers explore links between grammar, rhythm. By Matt Batcheldor | Posted on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 — 9:12 AM Vanderbilt researchers are studying the association between musical rhythm and grammar in children.

News » Researchers explore links between grammar, rhythm

A child’s ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study from a researcher at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Reyna Gordon, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology and at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, is the lead author of the study that was published online recently in the journal Developmental Science. She notes that the study is the first of its kind to show an association between musical rhythm and grammar. Though Gordon emphasizes that more research will be necessary to determine how to apply the knowledge, she looks forward to the possibilities of using musical education to improve grammar skills.

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think. Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?)

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

Might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For instance, he points out, in Chinese, saying “this is my uncle” is not as straightforward as you might think. In Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. The language requires that you denote the side the uncle is on, whether he’s related by marriage or birth and, if it’s your father’s brother, whether he’s older or younger. The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult. How to Make Your Life Miserable Learning Languages.

Today I am graciously presenting you with 7 ways through which you can make your life miserable learning languages.

How to Make Your Life Miserable Learning Languages

The best thing is that you don’t need to follow all 7 pieces of advice to begin hating learning languages, usually only 1 or 2 will suffice. 1. Look up every single word in the dictionary Look up every single word you don’t know (or are unsure of) in the dictionary, and never try to understand or guess the meaning of words from context. Don’t bother just looking up words that are crucial to the general understanding of a particular text; rather, look for every definition you possibly can and make sure reading one page of a book takes at least half an hour. The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class.

Sahlberg: Why Finland's schools are top-notch. Education in the United States is too much defined by testing and data, says Pasi Sahlberg.

Sahlberg: Why Finland's schools are top-notch

Many American parents worry about their kids getting good grades and doing well in school Pasi Sahlberg: Finland has one of the leading education systems in the worldHe says U.S. can learn from Finland in building an education system that enhances equity Sahlberg: U.S. education focuses on testing and data, which skews teaching priorities Editor's note: Pasi Sahlberg is visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and former director general in the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Better Ways to Learn. Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!

American RadioWorks: The Science Of Smart. Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn.

American RadioWorks: The Science Of Smart

In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. On this episode of American RadioWorks: a look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. Over the next month, American RadioWorks will explore the changing face of education in the United States. Emerging Tech from Sloan 2013. Language learning: what motivates us? "Where's your name from?

Language learning: what motivates us?

" Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? Hide captionAt the Lenox Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., educators try to teach kids to see struggle as a normal part of learning. Tovia Smith/NPR At the Lenox Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., educators try to teach kids to see struggle as a normal part of learning.

Tovia Smith reported this audio story in two parts on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Methodologies in Foreign Language Teaching. Brain-based Learning. Definition.

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May 2013. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Some problems with a "super-scaffold me!" approach in English language learning. Natural Learning: The Brain Based Principles. Education and educators are in the spotlight as never before. Parents, politicians, business, and the media are calling for better “results.” And yet almost no attention is being publicly paid to how people learn naturally, and what sort of teaching best addresses natural learning.

We first visited this issue in 1990 with an article in Educational Leadership, and in 1991 with out book Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain, both of which introduced the notion of brain based learning and 12 our Brain / Mind Learning Principles. Since then we have followed science with great attention. Scott Thornbury's blog. Talk to the Clouds. Frontiers of Language and Teaching: Proceedings of the 2010 International ... - Azadeh Shafaei. Log In. ILLiad Logon.

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