Author: ericupsidebrown

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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...

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Grammar byte: What’s a determiner?

Determiners are words that express information about a noun such as definiteness, proximity, relationships and quantity. They typically come before nouns. They are different than adverbs, which describe the qualities of a nouns. They...

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The Value of Immersion

There’s no doubt about it, language immersion is effective in learning a second language. It is used extensively in the school systems in Canada and has been quite successful. What makes immersion in school...

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Communication is more than words

Verbal communication is just one aspect of human communication. Paraverbal, nonverbal and extraverbal communication channels are central to interpersonal interaction. What cannot be communicated through words alone can be readily understood when supported by paraverbal (or...

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MovieTalk for Comprehensible Input

Movie Talk is a term that refers to using video as a opportunity for the teacher to provide comprehensible input. The input does not come from the movie itself, but from the teacher’s commentary....

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Concept Mapping in ESL

If anyone has followed my thoughts on teaching English as a second language, they know that I believe that teaching with written materials, especially in the early stages of learning, is detrimental to the...