Research Shows Diverse Classrooms Improve Learning For Everyone

In the US, there’s evidence that socially as well as racially integrated schools benefit all students. When a school reaches a stable level of about 30 percent middle-class students, the lower-income students achieve at higher levels and the privileged students do no worse, says Halley Potter, the author of one of the Century...
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Brain Training Is a Good Idea That Didn’t Work

Working memory capacity affects thinking, but training it doesn't help.

One of the central aspects of many brain training regimes focuses on working memory, which is the amount of information that someone can hold in mind at any given moment. If you are going to make a complex decision or do a difficult calculation, then you need to hold many...
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Brain Training Is a Good Idea That Didn’t Work

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Student Evaluations of Teaching are not only Unreliable, they are Significantly Biased against Female Instructors.

A series of studies across countries and disciplines in higher education confirm that student evaluations of teaching (SET) are significantly correlated with instructor gender, with students regularly rating female instructors lower than male peers.

Anne Boring, Kellie Ottoboni...
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Student evaluations of teaching are not only unreliable, they are significantly biased against female instructors.

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Study: More evidence for the negative impact of reward on self-regulated learning

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The undermining effect refers to the detrimental impact rewards can have on intrinsic motivation to engage in a behaviour. The current study tested the hypothesis that participants’ self-regulated learning behaviours are susceptible to the undermining effect. Participants were assigned to learn a set of...
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Evidence for the negative impact of reward on self-regulated learning

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Localingual: Listen to Voices of the World

Click on a country to hear the language(s) spoken there.

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Localingual: Listen to voices of the world

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Happy Valley Words

New Free iPhone/iPad App for children

Happy Valley Words is designed to teach basic English vocabulary words and sounds (phonics) through an engaging game. It uses an SRS (spaced-time repetition software) system that recycles the least known words into the game more frequently, ensuring rapid improvement.

Happy Valley Words is playable in 4 languages: English, Japanese,...
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Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains
(TED-Ed Video)

Prior to the 1960s, scientists thought children who spoke more than one language had a handicap for learning because they had to spend too much time distinguishing between languages. With more modern brain imaging technology, researchers can now see how multilingualism actually strengthens the brain. People who speak...
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Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning

Scientific understanding of the influence of emotions on thinking and learning has undergone a major transformation in recent years. In particular, a revolution in neuroscience over the past two decades has overturned early notions that emotions interfere with learning, revealing instead that emotion and cognition are supported by interdependent neural...
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Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning

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Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111

Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard since its introduction some 60 years ago, died on Saturday in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. He was 111.

Adopted by China in 1958, Pinyin was designed not to replace the tens...
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Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111

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There is a second “window of opportunity” for learning in late adolescence and early adulthood

If you want to maximise a person’s intellectual potential, the general consensus for a long time has been that you need to start young. According to this traditional view, early childhood offers a precious “window of opportunity” or “sensitive period” for learning that closes slowly as we reach...
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There is a second “window of opportunity” for learning in late adolescence and early adulthood

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Speak Here Now! Why the silence in Japanese classrooms?

Mike Guest's new blog post.

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Speak Here Now! Why the silence in Japanese classrooms?

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Language Teaching Network

A new social networking site for language teachers based around discussion groups.

Everybody has a profile page with a wall, makes friends with others, sends messages, photos . . ., but the focus of the network is on groups. Members of the network join groups to have discussions and connect with other teachers with the same interest.

All language teachers are...
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The Best Technique for Phonemic Training

Jim Jensen's latest blog post

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The Best Technique for Phonemic Training

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Why Conservatives like to use Nouns more than Liberals do

Across two initial studies, featuring Polish-speaking survey participants in Poland and Arabic-speaking participants in the Lebanon, the research showed that people with more socially conservative leanings tended to favour nouns over adjectives. For instance, participants with a conservative orientation were more likely to say they’d...
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Why conservatives like to use nouns more than liberals do

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Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

We know that adolescents are acutely aware of when adults are treating them with respect and when they aren't. We also know that engagement leads to successful academic outcomes and a greater sense of well-being for both the student and educator. If teens are more likely to engage with adults who respect them, it's safe to say that respect is...
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Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

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Podcast: Universal Grammar - Arguments For and Against

Do all human languages share a universal grammar? And can science shed light on a schism that’s divided the world of linguistics for over half a century?

In the 1960s, world-renowned MIT linguist Professor Noam Chomsky declared his theory of Universal Grammar (UG). Often defined as “a system of categories, mechanisms and constraints,...
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Universal grammar: are we born knowing the rules of language? – Science weekly podcast

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Hidden Cards

The first post of a new 'Finding Out' blog by David Paul

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Hidden Cards

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Some People’s Brains Are Wired for Languages

Brain scans may offer clues to a person’s natural aptitude—and help those less gifted learn how to study better

Babies' ability to soak up language makes them the envy of adult learners everywhere. Still, some grown-ups can acquire new tongues with surprising ease. Now some studies suggest it is possible to predict a person's language-learning...
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Some People's Brains Are Wired for Languages

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There’s A Simple Way To Help Kids Learn More
- Start School Later in the Morning

Because teenagers really need more sleep.

A new analysis from the Center for American Progress argues for one simple step to help raise test scores: Start school later in the day.

The Center for American Progress researchers drew on a previous study out of Wake County, North Carolina. In that study, released in...
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There's A Simple Way To Help Kids Learn More: Start School Later

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THE WARWICK ELT

The Warwick ELT, an ELT-based ezine run by a group of MA ELT students in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, promotes informed discussion of developments in ELT and draws attention to research and innovative practices related to English language learning and teaching and teacher education.

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