Reading Time: 6 minutesThis post explores cognitive load theory and its relevance for education in general and language education in particular.
Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article describes a motivational framework called directed motivational current (DMC), which advocates getting a focused vision, blasting into hyperdrive, staying in the zone, riding a directed motivational current, experiencing eudaimonic well-being and authenticity, and finally landing with feelings of joyful fulfillment, job done.
Reading Time: 6 minutesThis Research Bite looks at the Reading to Learn (R2L) method as well as additional research on its effectiveness.
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: 4 minutesA meta-analysis by Spada and Tomita (2010) shows that explicit grammar instruction may be more effective than implicit grammar instruction.
Reading Time: 5 minutesKirschner and colleagues look at the evidence against minimally guided instruction (e.g. discovery learning, inquiry-based learning) and in favor of direct instruction. In particular, they look at how minimally guided instruction does not consider what we know about the cognitive elements of learning.
Reading Time: 5 minutesThis study examines the rhetorical moves frequently found in different phases of EAP lessons and the particular language features common in each phase. The insight from this study may enable teachers to create more accessible and easily navigable lessons.