I’ve been looking for quite some time for a metaphor for what I am about to raise and write about. On a gloomy, dark, autumnal day like today, Ursula K Le Guin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” comes to mind: in the story, a perfect, blissful,… Read the rest
In terms of vocabulary that learners (any learners) are presented in any content based mainstream lesson, we can distinguish between content-obligatory and content-compatible vocabulary.
Content-obligatory vocabulary is the sort of vocabulary necessary to master the objectives and key concepts of a lesson. These words and phrases are directly supportive of… Read the rest
Any school – indeed, any teacher – who treats English as an Additional Language (EAL) as if they were English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners does them a disservice. Thomas and Collier report on some US schools “pulling out” (withdrawing) their ESL (“s” meaning “second”) learners for English language… Read the rest
Cathy Davidson is a Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative and works at Duke University in the US. Her work usually focuses on technology, collaboration, cognition and technology. In one of her most notable books, Now You See It, she describes the following video (see below):… Read the rest
Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), a German philosopher, coined a term ‘lifeworld‘. Lifeworld is, in his words, “everyday practical situational truths” and “a realm of original self-evidences” (Husserl, 1970). Such self-evidence is for coming to know in the form of looking, touching, smelling or hearing – through repetition of… Read the rest
The title relates to something I touched on rather briefly in my 40-minute workshop/session at a recent ResearchED conference in Oxford; something which seems to have generated some interest both at and following the event – on Twitter.
I hasten to add that what is about to follow can and,… Read the rest
In this series of blog posts, I intend to focus on the notion of dialogic teaching as not only a strategy for teaching in our classrooms (mainstream or not), but one of the guiding principles behind how teachers run their classrooms and approach interacting with their students. We’re not looking… Read the rest
Yesterday late at night I came back from ResearchEd English and Literacy conference in Swindon. Primarily, I was one of the speakers – speaking, of course, on EAL (details below), but I was equally as keen to simply attend ResearchEd as it promotes this one thing that, shockingly, is missing… Read the rest