CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition) supports the professional development of second language teachers through an annual summer institute program and a wide array of international conferences and regional seminars.
This website is aimed at English language teachers. Unlike other sites, it paints an authentic picture of the profession. It provides a constant source of comfort to teachers in crap jobs throughout the world.
ESLarticle.com is an article database dedicated to teaching articles for the English language teaching community. We provide a free space for schools, teachers and students to post and share their knowledge and expertise in the area of English language.
Welcome to the Theory Into Practice (TIP) database!
TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.
Whenever I am introduced to someone who then learns that I am an English teacher, the person frequently comments that English was his worst subject when he was in school. If my new acquaintance then learns that I spend most of my time teaching grammar, he usually remarks that he had better watch the way he talks, as if I were a “grammar cop” waiting to issue a summons to illiteracy court at the mention of a split infinitive or the drop of a dangling modifier.
For twenty-five years, a Bulgarian doctor and psychiatrist, Georgi Lozanov, has been studying the link between perception and learning. The result is a new approach to teaching based on new insights into how the human mind really functions. The fruit of Lozanov's findings is a teaching system called Suggestopedia. After twenty years of using this approach and experimenting with its tenets, I am convinced of its effectiveness, and would like to share my enthusiasm.
Like Professor Heslep, I too am fed up with political correctness. While advocates of political correctness berate well-meaning innocents for an unfortunate use of words, matters of great importance are often overlooked. Professor Heslep reminds us that the advocates of political correctness drive people into taking themselves too seriously. We seem to have lost our collective sense of humor and modesty.
TPR is based on the premise that the human brain has a biological program for acquiring any natural language on earth - including the sign language of the deaf. The process is visible when we observe how infants internalize their first language.