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: 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).
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.
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.