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August 22, 2010

Best English Learning Blogs

Teaching and learning English can be difficult, complicated and - at times - isolating.

Sometimes all we need most is a sense of how other people are handling similar situations. The problem often however...

is that those people may be millions of miles away. Or at least it might feel that way.

Thanks to the internet, it doesn't matter any more where people might be. Here's a list of the best blogs regarding teaching and learning English - http://www.universityreviewsonline.com/2005/10/50-best-blogs-for-literacy-teachers.html.

Each of these blogs has a slightly different approach to the teaching of English. Most of them allow - or even encourage - readers comments, questions, observations and horror stories. You can raise issues or give crucial advice based on your own experience.

Consider these words from their website;

"The ability to read and process information is an absolute necessity far beyond the borders of a classroom. In almost every career path, one must be able to communicate clearly and competently interpret incoming information – and some situations they may also mean the difference between life and death. However, building literary skills requires not only compliance and persistence on the student side, but teachers as well. The following blogs open up teachers and parents from different backgrounds and philosophies to new perspectives, ideas, and observations on how to educate the populace and promote one of the most fundamental of life skills."

I couldn't agree more. Language is the most powerful way that we express and explore who we are and where we are going in our lives.

We have much to learn from each other and I know that I always value what I hear from others as they move into new territory when it comes to language learning.

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

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

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

There is a wealth of information online. I encourage you to go to the websites of major universities and poke around. I am sure you will find appropriate resources for any teacher or learner.

On an unrelated note, I always urge my students to step out and pursue their passions. I have just recently had the opportunity to pursue one of my longtime passions. I'll be hosting an online radio program. You can hear my voice - and some of my stories about music - at tacoma.fm http://www.tacoma.fm/tfmdjssaturday.php. My program is on from 10pm to 2 am (Pacific Standard time) every Saturday evening and rebroadcast Sunday evening 6pm to 10 pm. Hit the "Listen live" sidebar on the upper left side.

I guarantee music that will make you think. Most of the lyrics are memorable and easy to follow.

You never know what you might hear. It might be familiar - or it might be like nothing you've ever heard before.

I hope you can listen. Please send me a note and let me know what you think.


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 prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at August 22, 2010 12:14 AM

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