Second Language Identity Crises

 In simple language: Adults learning a second language sometimes express feeling ‘blocked’ in their communication. In my Business English teaching experience, this often occurs to professionals engaging in business meetings – or telephone calls. This ‘feeling’ can be quite intense. Such students may experience high anxiety or even ‘panic attacks’. This is due to – […]

Postmodern Pedagogy and beyond…

Five quotes sum up Postmodern TEFL’s position on pedagogy:  “We are reminded that schools and universities, through their institutional discourse, sustain and perpetuate the world view, values and interests (or hegemony) of those who happen to be the rich and powerful at the time… Through such discourse, citizens are also constructed. And these constructions serve […]

Writings on Postmodern TEFL

Concerning academic writings on Postmodern TEFL – quality outweighs quantity.  Should any visitor to this blog be researching Postmodern TEFL for their studies, the following works may be of interest: Postmodernism in TEFL – Andrew Edward Finch Life-Long Learning: The Postmodern Condition of Education – Richard Edwards The Post method era: Opportunities & Challenges    – Naser Rashidi and […]

Empathy

Hard facts and figures. Rationality. Logic. Quantification. Grammar rules, course books and syllabuses.  These all belong to the modernist phenomena – learning language as we learn mathematical equations. This is like software programming a computer with rules of musical harmony and melody, then expecting the computer to create music on a par with Mozart – or […]

Social Change

Societies change, imperceptibly -like a snail, or dramatically – like a rampaging bull. “In life, the only constant is change” (Heraclitus). Nothing is static. Open up those fixed-looking company organograms and you open up Pandora’s box. And what a surging mass of political, inter-departmental, interpersonal issues we see swarming inside!  Here – ‘Truth’ is debated, defended and defined. […]

Second Language Acquisition (SLA)

  Second language acquisition is very commonly compared and contrasted with first language (mother tongue) acquisition. A lot of TEFL research has gone into this and possibly hundreds of books have been written.  However, it’s not an exact science as we muddle along trying out different approaches with different groups of students. So, within TEFL, […]