About this blog:
Language Teaching & Learning
Big ideas don’t always need to be expressed with big words.
I’m trying to avoid too much academic, artistic or slangy language in this blog, because I want to write about language teaching and learning in a way that anyone can read easily; either as a teacher or a learner (or both, as many of us are).
I am a big fan of reading, but I only read in English. I have created a space on this blog for news and magazine articles that I have rewritten in everyday English, I’ll also post a link to the original text and provide a vocabulary list for difficult words. I hope this will develop into something useful, and I invite others to share their easy ESL writing here as well. I enjoy simplifying difficult language in texts, and maybe this can be interesting for second language English readers and their teachers, too.
Reading is fun, but quick quizzes are funner. Check out the quizzes – they’re famously difficult!.
Language teachers and language learners have overlapping interests; I’m interested in looking at language from both ends, and I hope you are too. My mission for 2015 is to begin learning Arabic and to lift my game in Malay. Will my teacher-self be able to guide my learner-self toward good language learning strategies? I’m not completely optimistic, but I’ll never find out if I don’t even try.
I’m also going to be looking in other blog spaces to see what learning and teaching ideas are inspiring other people. I hope my reading inspires me to follow suit. I’m going to blog my way to becoming a better language teacher and learner than I was in 2014.
I also like pictures, so there will be pictures as well.