Selling English course downloads and support to learners produces some interesting contact behaviour on social media such as Facebook and Skype. Most learners who contact us are looking for a free English teacher who can correct their text chat messages, answer questions and (if they are really lucky) have a few speaking practice conversations with them.
That's the big question that English Out There's friend and colleague Jason R Levine (AKA Fluency MC) asked 34 fairly well-known English language teachers (see image from his blog post). We were asked to contribute as one of the 34, which we were very happy to do on the basis that we felt we knew a little bit about the topic and we wanted to encourage others to take part and give their best suggestions.
People assume that babies and children learn English and other languages far quicker than adults. But adult learners have far more cognitive power to call upon. So what do the experts think is happening to us? One of Stephen Krashen's newsletters alerted me to the work of Dr. Patricia Kuhl. I found it fascinating and asked him some questions about it. He sent me another paper which I have commented on here from the point of view of what I think English Out There does. I'm not a neuro-scientist or professor of psycholinguistics but over the last ten years I have made it my business to do a lot of reading. This is the article I posted on our old website in 2008/9, see below.
English Out There came out of an idea by Jason West about how to improve English courses for foreign students in London. We began using the streets of central London and talking to complete strangers in our lessons from day one. The first ever test EOT lesson was taught in the turret room at Conway Hall, the home of the Ethical Society, a very famous and important venue.
Discussion between Professor Stephen Krashen and Jason West about English teaching and learning, language acquisition and English Out There; inspired by the audio before and after case study of the adult Chinese English learner, Jane.
The continuing debate between Professor Stephen Krashen and Jason West about English teaching and learning, language acquisition and English Out There; inspired by the audio before and after case study of the adult Chinese English learner, Jane.
As the debate with Professor Stephen Krashen about English teaching and learning, language acquisition and English Out There continued we got onto the main area of disagreement, focus on form.
This is the final part of my debate with Professor Stephen Krashen about English teaching and learning, language acquisition and English Out There. In it I try to sum things up, mention some other research in support of the positive effect of emotion and senses on linguistic memory and Professor Krashen introduces some new thoughts about transparency and how they might relate to the EOT content and process.
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