education -- history, info, theory
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The Internet TESL Journal S. Kathleen, Kitao Doshisha Women's College (Kyoto, Japan) s.kitao [at] lancaster.ac.uk Kenji Kitao, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) k.kitao [at] lancaster.ac.uk Testing language has traditionally taken the form of testing knowledge about language, usually the testing of knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. However, there is much more to being able to use language than knowledge about it. Dell Hymes proposed the concept of communicative competence. He argued that a speaker can be able to produce grammatical sentences that are completely inappropriate.
Problem-based learning ( PBL ) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving.
The fact that TED , Bill Gates , and the media love Khan Academy shows the failure of education. Khan Academy looks great because our country has reduced teaching and learning to preparing students to bubble in answer sheets for multiple choice tests. But if we shift the purpose of education from consuming knowledge and stating answers to creating knowledge and exploring solutions, the fallacy of Khan Academy “reinventing education” is blatently apparent.