Category Archives: Language Education

Value, respect, liking, and acceptance

For unless the teacher values, respects, likes, and accepts him/herself, he or she cannot reach out to value, respect, like, and accept the students; unless the teacher has a high opinion of him/herself, he or she cannot have a high opinion of the students; unless a teacher is sensitive to him/herself, he or she cannot …

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Thanksgiving in academia

Dear All, The Latin proverb (pronounced as [ˈɡraː.ti.a   ˈɡraː.ti.am   ˈpa.rit]) above can be translated as “grace gives birth to grace” or “kindness begets kindness”. Today is the second Monday of October which means that some people celebrate Thanksgiving. In this connection it is interesting to reflect on Thanksgiving in academia. Is there place for …

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Faith, hope, love

Dear All, In academia, it is acceptable to pursue three goals at the same time: teaching, research, and career. Teaching, in my view, is one of the key components since this is where a lot of learning happens – professor transfers his/her knowledge to his/her students and students also work through a course acquiring new …

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Mother tongue

Dear All, If you write a paper on teaching/learning foreign languages, sometimes it is desirable to find an appropriate synonym that fits the context best and corresponds well to the given context. Below are the forms which are synonymous to “mother tongue”: native language native tongue first language father tongue arterial language L1 (the use …

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It takes a village

It takes a village to raise a child. Dear All, The proverb above concerns upbringing of a child and means that in order to raise a child properly, it is necessary to apply efforts of many people. This proverb is also applicable to research, particularly to writing a dissertation. In order to write a proper …

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Work joyfully and peacefully

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results (James Allen). Dear All, Taking a course at a university or doing research rarely yields anticipated results straight away. This may lead to disappointment and even cessation of work. The quote above by James Allen is right encouragement …

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Hide not your talents

Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what good is a sundial in the shade (Franklin)? Dear All, Each of us has a talent or a set of talents. The quote above by Franklin underlines the importance of using our talents. This is perfectly applicable in the the sphere of education. Do you …

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Set aside mornings for work

A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone (Emily Bronte). Dear All, The quote about by English novelist and poet Emily Bronte points at the importance of fulfilling the duties as early during the day as possible. In my opinion …

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Educating the mind

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all (Aristotle). Dear All, It is not uncommon to hear some students complaining about the necessity to take courses which are only indirectly related to their area of specialization instead of focusing on their majors or minors. The quote above by Aristotle underlines the …

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Reading aloud to enhance language skills

Dear All, Technically, there are four basic language skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. However, in reality, they are inseparable and work together to produce what is known as language proficiency. For example, when a person participates in a conversation, s/he is expected to both speak and listen; if the conversation is over Skype, then …

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We are what we repeatedly do

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit (Aristotle). Dear All, Have you ever seen and marvelled at a person performing breakdancing: hand hops, head spins, crickets, windmills, flares, air tracks, turtles, hand glides, halos, elbow spins, etc.? I totally enjoy watching people showing this art. Interestingly, they …

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Competence, health, and decisions

Video credit: The Globe and Mail, “Chris Hadfield’s three tips for success” October 24, 2013, via YouTube. Dear All, The video above is about Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut and Commander (Expedition 35) of International Space Station. I am posting this video on the blog because an important question is asked and Chris Hadfield has …

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