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procedural knowledge vs. declarative knowledge Procedural knowledge is, in a nutshell, knowing how to do something. It contrasts with declarative knowledge, which is knowledge about something. For example, I may read about the importance of perfect arm strokes and coordination while swimming and yet drown like a stone when inside the pool. This may sound obvious, I know, but as far as language learning goes, there’s more to it than meets the eye. 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. Although the Principles have been modified a little, they have stood the test of time very well.

Earth - 17 of Hubble's greatest space images The Hubble space telescope is 25 years old. It has been inspiring and astounding us by capturing previously unseen secrets from far-away galaxies, stars and black holes. In its lifetime it has circled our own planet 137,000 times and given us a clearer insight into the majestic nature and age of our Universe. Hubble truly has brought us a "golden age" of astronomy. Pictured are about 2,000 young stars glittering 20,000 light years away. This is Hubble's official 25 anniversary "Celestial Fireworks" picture. ELT Calendar of Conferences on Second Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition in Japan This page shows upcoming conferences, book fairs and other large-scale events of professional interest to language teachers in Japan. For past conferences, see the archive of past conferences. If you're interested in giving a workshop or presentation at one of these events, please see the calls for papers. February 2016 Kansai ETJ EXPO Date: February 14th (Sunday), 2016 Organization: ETJ Osaka (English Teachers in Japan) Location: Kyoto International School 2nd Joint International Methodology Research Colloquium Dates: February 16th (Tuesday) - February 17th (Wednesday), 2016 Organization: Okinawa Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching Location: Tenbusu Naha, on Hokusai Dori, Naha, Okinawa

Teaching Village Hi! I’m Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto. I’m an English teacher currently living in Kitakyushu, Japan. I’ve taught English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) for a little more than 20 years, and in those years I have taught all ages in many different environments–private language schools, public schools, businesses, community centers, my home, and even a university extension class or two. Recycling Language in a Dogme Classroom – chiasuanchong I have often have teachers asking me, ‘If language just emerges, how do you ensure learning takes place? How do you recycle the langauge?’ Many of you have read, or written blogposts on the same subject, but I thought I’d share my favourite ways of recycling language (which I’ve, of course, stolen and adapted from all the wonderful teachers and colleagues around me).

Interlanguage fossilization Interlanguage fossilization is a stage during second-language acquisition. When mastering a target language (TL), second language (L2) learners develop a linguistic system that is self-contained and different from both the learner’s first language (L1) and the TL (Nemser, 1971). This linguistic system has been variously called interlanguage (IL) (Selinker, 1972), approximative system (Nemser, 1971), idiosyncratic dialects or transitional dialects (Corder, 1971), etc. Interlanguage[edit] According to Corder (Corder,1981), this temporary and changing grammatical system, IL, which is constructed by the learner, approximates the grammatical system of the TL. A five-step guide to not being stupid Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking. If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been attempting to capture “electrical fire” in glass jars as a primitive battery.

ELT CONFERENCES 2015 I’ve decided to make a few tiny, tweeny-weeny changes to this year’s Conference Calendar! Yes, that image is the first one – heck…if Warren Buffett can say something outrageous about the States (and 1776), I thought I’d just borrow his words a wee bit (and apply them to our conferences here in canım Türkiyem)! “Bizim konferanslar”, here in Turkey, have been getting a pretty good reputation over the last few years…and this year is shaping up to be the same! The second change is that I am not kicking off with the International “big boys” this time around. Yani, those conferences that are far too far away (and too expensive for most of us to get to) …unless we work for an EDUorganisation that sends all its TEACHers on an “international jolly” (while all the administrators / managers stay back at home to look after the “shop”)!

for teachers by teachers by David Dodgson “But you only teach six lessons a day and you have a guaranteed summer holiday…” Ah, the common misconception that being a teacher is somehow an “easy” job! We all know the truth, however. ESL Teacher Burnout: Here's How to Avoid It - Now, I realize the irony of this post on ESL teacher burnout. I, myself, am totally and completely burnt out on the teaching and am in fact moving to Canada in about a month after living in Korea for a decade. However, I did have a really solid nine years where I liked my job and truly didn’t mind going into work each day.

Brain-based Learning Definition This learning theory is based on the structure and function of the brain. As long as the brain is not prohibited from fulfilling its normal processes, learning will occur. Please note: since this article was published, Geoffrey and Renate Caine, leaders in brain-based learning research, have modified their principles on the topic.

An A-Z of ELT – an encyclopedia-dictionary of terminology relating to English language and English language teaching. by charquis May 13