Working Memory and Implicit/Explicit Instruction

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.

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Comprehensibility and Intelligibility of International Student Speech

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis study took place in the US against the backdrop of increasing numbers of international students. The concern of the researchers seems to be that international students in US universities might be perceived differently by EAP teachers as compared to their subject teachers (e.g. a Biology lecturer or a History tutor).

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Affordances and learning opportunities in lesson plan templates

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article argues that the lesson plan templates most commonly promoted on teacher training programmes are inappropriately premised on an outcomes-based approach to teaching, and instead proposes an affordance-based approach to planning, giving practical suggestions for modifying the template and its role in lesson observations.

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