Category: Applied Linguistics

Help! Overwhelmed by research!

This is a short, rather personal post; a bit of a call for help! In my head, thoughts are flying around: researching, compiling bibliographies, literature reviews, not having enough time in the day to read everything properly, wasting time reading the 'wrong' things, and feeling swapmed and out-of-touch with the latest state of affairs.... And … Continue reading Help! Overwhelmed by research!

#BridgingTheGapChallenge: Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Teachers

There is SO MUCH research going on into languageĀ teaching methods, approaches, etc. But the sad fact is, it has turned into a big jumble of research strands, hard to untangle and find the right connections! Let's be honest, how many classroom teachers have access to it? And time to read and digest it all? Probably … Continue reading #BridgingTheGapChallenge: Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Teachers

Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how

Planting seeds may not guarantee that they will grow; but not planting them is scarcely a superior strategy. (Swan, M., 2006) Introduction - A sense of relief At the weekend, I attended a talk by Michael Swan entitled "Some things that matter in grammar teaching... and some that don't" at an event hosted by ELTA … Continue reading Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how

Everyday Examples of Mental Lexicon Representations

I had a conversation with a colleague the other day, which really made me laugh. I think most people would have found it funny! But I also found it fascinating - through my linguistics-tinted glasses šŸ™‚ My colleague was talking about her old, lazy lodger, who was rather reluctant to do jobs around the house, … Continue reading Everyday Examples of Mental Lexicon Representations