The season for academic job hunting is upon us. It's a time when graduate students sweat the details of their applications. It's also a time when they all become philosophers — well, philosophers of teaching, anyway.
Improvisation is key to an ESL teacher's survival. I came to Tanzania for three months, living with an African family and teaching at a primary school with 120 kids in the class. There was no electricity and no running water. You have to improvise.
Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council. The study, "Languages for the Future," also rates Mandarin as more vital than German over...
Spelling remains the most relentlessly tested of all the literacy skills, but it is the least taught. Sending a list of words home on Monday to be tested on Friday is not teaching. Nor is getting children to write their spelling words out 10 times, even if they have to...
Many people would see looking at cat memes on the internet as a waste of time, but an app developer believes they could be the perfect way to help people learn new languages. Ben Whately, chief operating officer at Memrise, carried out research to find out which types of...
China's growing importance in the past decade or so has also highlighted the value of learning Mandarin, something Boris Johnson touched on during his recent visit. The London mayor, who is studying the language himself, said British children should be taught Mandarin as...
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