Author Archives: Steve

How Children Learn Language

In this selection from his Floating University lecture, Professor Steven Pinker deduces the nature of language acquisition by examining the generative use of grammar in children. Advertisements

How can we support children in learning more than one language?

There is little doubt that knowing more than one language carries tremendous advantages. Young bilinguals are known to be flexible thinkers and better problem solvers. They have a competitive edge in the labor market, with those fluent in English along with another language showing higher earnings. What’s more, research shows that knowing more than one […]

Why Peer Teachers Learn More

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/learning-through-teaching/ We’re hard-wired to learn from our interactions with others. Not only do we get information from listening to other people, we also learn a lot from teaching. According to Rolf Ploetzner, and his co authors on the paper Learning by Explaining to Oneself and to Others, “In research on collaborative problem solving and learning, it […]

Back to Motivation – Ought To

A great day today chatting to students about what motivates them to study and what their motivation is for choosing their particular field of study. Through these conversations I was reminded of how many of my students fall into what Higgins (1987,1996) categorises as ought self motivation. Put simply, ought-to motivation is characterised by students feeling a […]

Free Articles and Journal Access

I spent a few hours collecting the following websites that offer free articles. The Internet TESL Journal Directory of Open Access Journals Teaching Expertise NZ Journal of Teachers’ Work NASA’s Education Program Humanising Language Teaching Centre for Effective Learning BBC Teaching English Publications EARIC ESL Monkeys School of Educators Reading Rockets Please comment if you […]