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Por que conteúdo autêntico é importante

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Authentic content gives learners exposure to the kind of language that they ultimately want to understand and create for themselves. If you don’t use authentic content, and teach learners with scripted dialogs or simplified materials written by language teachers, you’re not giving them models for how to produce or understand the language they’ll encounter in the wild. Not only is this ineffective, it’s also inefficient.

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 …

Rebecca Wagoner: Learning English Through Pop Culture

The most common question I’m asked by ESL learners when we first meet is, “How can I become fluent in English?” The answer to this is tricky, because it truly depends on the individual and a number of factors, such as agreeing on what fluency even means. It’s my job to help people become fluent, …