Tagged: language

The #1…. (language reference book)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language – by David Crystal I’ve long been a big fan of David Crystal. See a nice video below, to get a sense of the “gentle” man. If anyone ever...

Music is more than the language of love…

It also might be the origins of thought…… think about it. This video is fascinating. It shows music on a very intense and personal level, conveying information just like language. Music is language, the language of personal expression. Jesperson’s long ago suggested a “sing –...

12 To Dos for Student learning English

It isn’t easy learning a language. I’ve learned 3 of them and had success in 3 completely different ways! I’m going to work on a fourth and probably will stumble along with a 4th method. What this means is “to each his own”.  We have...

What is Language?

“in the beginning was the word, and the word became flesh” Today I was reading Roger Cohen’s column (I’m quite his fan, never was but recently he’s take some very intelligent and courageous stands on issues from nuclear disarmament to Palestine) Loos and Language. That...

The World’s Most Difficult Language?

Here’s an article from this week’s Economist. Though I seldom agree with the writers there (mostly because they are so libertarian) – I love the intelligence and wit of their writers and so usually devour even their articles on the most boring of topics. This...

The #1 …….. (book on language)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Let’s not beat around the bush – no question: Thought and Language – Lev Vygotsky This book is the “Origin of Species” for language. A collosus. It has everything a mind interested in language...

Essential Resource for Language teachers

It is so important for language teachers to understand “the world” of their students and/or the society they are entering/visiting/living in…. One of the essential handbooks for gaining quick and valuable information about a foreign culture is Understanding Your International Students – Jeffra Flaitz, U....

USING Vs MANIPULATING LANGUAGE

Recently, I came across two lesson activity ideas online. On the surface both seem like good activities however one they contrasted nicely with each other and highlight the difference I see between USING and MANIPULATING language. First the activities. MANIPULATING Language : Cut up letters...

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