It’s Just Like Riding a Bike

By Dr. Katharine B. Nielson – Usually, when I tell people that learning a language is learning a skill, like cooking or surfing, I get nods of understanding. That seems to make sense, intuitively. And then when I go on to say that, because those are skills, they require copious amounts of practice and individualized …

Produção Escrita em Aulas de Idiomas

Por Dra. Katharine B. Nielson – Uma das perguntas que mais ouço de professores durante a implantação de cursos de idiomas online é como estruturar a comunicação entre as pessoas. Eles perguntam porque a observação empírica sobre ensino à distância confirma que o engajamento dos alunos é condicionado ao sentimento de pertencer a um grupo. …

Naomi Sveholm: 3 Reasons language teachers should be language learners first

As a language learner-turned-teacher, I believe all language teachers should study another language—especially with another teacher. There are numerous benefits to practicing what you preach, but I’m going to cover just a few. Teachers often find themselves in a sort of bubble: they’re focused on leading their own classes and rarely see other teachers at …

Brett Fogarty: The Unique Experience of Learning Online

Teaching a language online is certainly a different experience than teaching in a physical classroom, and most people like to point to its limitations and drawbacks. But do we ever consider the undeniably unique experience of being in an online language class? Perhaps the biggest advantage is students getting to connect with each other. This …