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Grammar is embedded in vocabulary

  If it’s not obvious from reading this blog, I have a strong bias for teaching vocabulary over grammar. Research is conclusive: Explicit learning of grammar does not help language acquisition. It may help...

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Measuring the Immeasurable

One of the big problems with education is how to measure student results. We tend to measure what is easily measurable rather than measuring what’s truly important. And this especially true in measuring language...

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Sounds have no meaning

It’s interesting to read something like this. There are no languages where sounds have consistent meanings from word to word. This generalization is what Charles Hockett (“The origin of speech”, Scientific American, 203: 88-96, 1960)...

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English as a Rock Star

English is a language that many people aspire to learn. Because it’s a lingua franca (universal language) people think that it’s special. But it’s far from being refined or sophisticated. All its complexity has...

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Are Deaf Readers Bilingual?

My brother and his wife are sign language interpreters speaking American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is its own language with syntax and grammar and the signs are not merely replacements for English words. The...

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Evolution of the Alphabet – Free Download

How did the letters of the English Alphabet come to be? Download this Evolution of the Alphabet chart for free: Source: https://usefulcharts.com/blogs/charts/evolution-of-the-english-alphabet And while you’re at it, check out this video on the history...