Speaking two languages may delay getting Alzheimer’s

By on February 22, 2011

In an article written on Friday, February 18th, Lauran Neergaard, Medical Writer for the Associated Press reported on some late research that indicates that learning a second language offers more advantages than simply knowing another language…even for those who learn

ACTFL PROFICIENCY GUIDELINES in English as a Second Language (ESL)

By on February 22, 2011

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has developed a set of oral proficiency standards and testing procedures that can be applied to learners of any language, including ESL learners (Breiner-Sanders, Lowe, Miles and Swender, 2000). These

Does vocabulary selection really matter in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)?

By on February 21, 2011

It has been well-established that English is the language of business.  As many as two billion people worldwide are learning ESL at any given time.  The impetus for the “Global English” movement has come from the discovery that most communication

Adaptability: A Vital Aspect in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

By on February 19, 2011

Not all ESL learners are alike, and individual learners will struggle with certain language acquisition concepts or skills and not with others. One difficulty of teaching is challenging learners who are ready to move ahead while helping learners who need

The importance of spaced review in English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching

By on February 17, 2011

In order to use the language, ESL learners need to be able to retain what they have studied throughout their language learning process and to use it when necessary. Part of becoming a fluent speaker is having the ability to

Task-based language learning applied to English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching.

By on February 16, 2011

Many language textbooks and other ESL learning materials are organized around grammar principles, teaching them in order of perceived usefulness or frequency.  However, research in second language acquisition over the past three decades has shown that focusing ESL instruction on

Communicative Language Teaching in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.

By on February 14, 2011

The Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is learner-centered and emphasizes the use of language for communication in real-life situations. An ESL syllabus using this approach is designed around the real-world tasks that

Blended Learning in English as a Second Language (ESL)

By on February 11, 2011

Blended Learning System Blended learning refers to the combination of multimedia elements on a computer with classroom instruction with a teacher and peers. Although the TALL system began using blended learning over a decade ago, the concept has only recently

TALL: The Fastest Route to Language Learning.

By on February 10, 2011

In the last twenty years, continuing language learning research has enhanced our understanding of second language acquisition and cognitive theory.  However, the findings of much of this research have yet to be implemented in language learning.  In his keynote address to