Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article details the rationale and development of a new, easy-to-use scale to measure student comprehensibility. The scale is applicable to multiple L1 backgrounds, does not measure speakers against “natives”, and has practical uses in the classroom.
Reading Time: 6 minutesNot only does working memory play a major role in the learning of a target grammar structure, but it may play a large role in learning of productive skills through explicit instruction. Explicit instruction on novel grammatical constructions is more successful than implicit instruction.
Reading Time: 1 minuteAnthony Schmidt looks at a number of research articles that look at the effect study abroad has on language learning, and his own experiences living and learning abroad. Thanks, Anthony!
Reading Time: 1 minuteMatthew Noble mixes it up a bit with an “audio bite” of an article that looked at an instructor who recorded a narrative monologue as reflective practice. Well worth the listen. Thank you, Matthew!
Reading Time: 6 minutesThis article looks at a peer-led small discussion group activity called Collaborative Reasoning, which was found to have benefits on reading and listening comprehension as well as oral and written production activities.
Reading Time: 1 minuteFor our second blog carnival entry, Nicola shares research that looks at how teacher training translates to classroom practice.
Thanks for sharing the great article!
Reading Time: 4 minutesRepeated reading, a technique where a level-appropriate text is read multiple times to build word recognition skills, may lead to increased comprehension.