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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Technique to advance education

Nothing so furthers education as loving and being loved (St. John Crysostom). Dear All, Have you ever taught to a big class of students? Have you managed to show your appreciation to each of them? Impossible? Well, that’s the art of teaching. There are many techniques to advance education. Audio-visual aids, for example, is one …

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Teaching and learning English, French, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian

Dear All, I have just come across an excellent resource for teachers and learners of English, French, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. This is a blog devoted to teaching and learning these languages. The blog is called Féru: https://ferulang.wordpress.com/ While teaching and learning resources are abundant on English and some other languages, they are much more …

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Linguistic Web tool

Hello Everyone! Today I would like to share with you quite an interesting linguistic tool. It is called Reverso. Reverso can be useful to people who are interested in linguistic matters such as: translation, conjugation, spelling, dictionary forms, and usage examples. This tool can be of use to learners of foreign languages who want to …

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Nine tenths of education is encouragement

Nine tenths of education is encouragement (Anatole France). Dear All, This quote by Anatole France underlines the importance of encouragement in education. Certainly, encouragement advances education and improves information retention, but what is the way to encourage students? In fact, there are many ways. Some of them are: 1) show respect to your students by …

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YouTube

Video credit: Chemical Engineering Resources, “Making educational videos” March 9, 2014, via YouTube. YouTube is a media tool: It has a lot to educate and entertain. Be like a bee, collect only the nectar which is cool; From other stuff you can refrain. You can also use it to educate, To make information easier to …

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds into your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover (Mark Twain). Dear All, Whatever we study, whenever we conduct …

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Knowledge, hardworking, sincerity, and humility

Dear All, The picture above was posted by S. Stallard on one of professional networks. Although originally, it was in the job context, in my opinion, it is also applicable to education. The basis of education is certainly knowledge, but knowledge is by far not the only thing one needs to succeed in academia. In …

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By working faithfully

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day (Robert Frost). Dear All, The saying above by the famous American poet is, certainly, a joke. However, there is a share of truth in every joke. Specifically, this joke underlines that with the growth …

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Becoming proficient in foreign languages

Dear All, Have you ever wondered, how long it takes to become proficient in a particular language? Typically, the evaluation of language proficiency is based on four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. However, how long does it take to become proficient enough to be able to communicate in a foreign language? The Foreign Service …

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Simplicity is …

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication (Leonardo da Vinci). In my opinion, there is always, or at least should be, a place for simplicity in research and instruction. The research that is simple is accessible to our colleagues (researchers) and to other people. By making our research simple, we allow it to have a bigger impact: …

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Kindness is …

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see (Mark Twain). In my opinion, this quote is applicable to education. A kind and supporting instructor can teach much more effectively than a strict or detached one. For example, it is always pleasant to go to classes to a kind professor …

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Curiosity is …

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly. – Arnold Edinborough I believe that curiosity is important in linguistics because it often leads to new discoveries. Moreover, students who are interested in linguistics are much more likely to …

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