Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Interesting thoughts on bilingualism in schools

This article from the New Zealand Herald discusses the benefits and problems with second language acquisition.  It starts:

'Proficiency in languages opens many doors but needs maintenance - the ultimate 'use it or lose it'.

My view is that 'a little often' when learning a new language will have a positive impact on on language acquisition,  but the important thing is to be consistent  

To read the article in full, click here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Students need to know that their work is valued

Watch this TED presentation, then have a think about why feedback is so important.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Five Great Education Talks on TED

This came to my email today as a TED subscriber; Sugata Mitra's five favourite education talks on TED. Click here for the link to hear the talks listed below.
  • Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity 
  • Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning 
  • Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born 
  • Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge 
  • Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish