Why Don’t Teachers Encourage Their Students to Read More?

Last week, I wrote about why students don’t read more. Today, I’m writing about why teachers don’t encourage their students to read more. Because, of course, one of the main reasons why language students don’t read more is because of their teachers. Teachers often don’t encourage students to read extensively and/or don’t provide materials to…… Continue reading Why Don’t Teachers Encourage Their Students to Read More?

What is the Role of Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Acquisition?

When I was first learning about the research on second language acquisition and was trying to figure out what it meant to teach using comprehensible input, one of the biggest obstacles for me was understanding the role of explicit knowledge. “Explicit knowledge” refers to being able to state a fact or a “rule” about a…… Continue reading What is the Role of Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Acquisition?

On Comprehension Checks and “Holding Students Accountable”

A few years ago, I read a book about designing listening activities for ESL students, and the author said that you should never have students “just listen”; they should always “do” something, like answer comprehension questions or complete some sort of activity after they listen. I think the reasoning was that if students don’t have…… Continue reading On Comprehension Checks and “Holding Students Accountable”