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July 07, 2009

Every Body Have Fun Right Now!

Learning a language is a lot like learning to play a musical instrument - you start out with the basics. With language it would be grammar and vocabulary, with music it would be the scales. It might not always be fun...

...but once you have the basics established you can start improvising - or truly playing - in every sense of the word.

I have recently heard a few talks by Stuart Brown, a physician and director of the National Institute for Play, who says that pleasurable, purposeless activity prevents violence and promotes trust, empathy, and adaptability to life's confusions and complications. He advocates and sponsors "serious" research into human play, and draws on a rich universe of study of intelligent social animals.

He premise is that we all live fuller and richer lives if we fit play into our lives - and become depressed if we don't. He defines play as "purposeless activity". It could be almost anything - but it should be fun and not necessary.

I urge you to make language learning fun - do something different to stretch yourself - and let us know what works.

For an extended talk and some truly remarkable photos of people and animals at their fullest, check out -
http://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital.html

And you have to see this link and the video clips of animals at playhttp://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2009/play/

We are all learning. And it is always more fun to learn together. We can learn as much from the past as from the present.

I have asked readers of this blog to submit their dream job (related to language instruction). Send yours. The best length would be about 200-350 words. Over the next week or so, I'll be collecting them and I'll post the best one(s) and send the best writer this CD.

Yes, I'll send it anywhere in the world as long as you have a valid mailing address. Sound good? Then get writing!

I'll be doing several of these over the next few months. Good luck to all!

Morf

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

He is also waiting for an irresistible job offer...

Posted by mmorf at July 7, 2009 11:09 PM

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