There are countless apps, programs, and services available that facilitate independent language learning. With promises like âLearn any language for free,â questions are raised about the necessity and place of foreign language teachers in this self-guided world. Although I feel the Internet has turned the world of language learning on its head, thereâs still an important place for real language teachers, albeit the role is slightly different. Let me explain.
With all the hype surrounding them, why arenât more schools and institutes adopting fluent in three month language courses? Although I wonât rule out a conspiracy to promote monolingualism, there has to be some reason why schools still use standard textbook methods.
To speak a foreign language quickly and clearly, you need practice. Unfortunately, opportunities to actually speak with other people may be rare depending on where you live. So why then do I suggest treading lightly when it comes to discussion clubs?
Despite the amount of time we dedicate to listening, it is still, as a skill and process, in a kind of fog; theories contradict one another, study results are ambiguous, and testing methods are a bit questionable.
Considering all of this uncertainty, how can I tell my students with any sort of confidence that they wonât become amazing listeners by just watching Game of Thrones in English and listening to the BBC?
Colloquial language is fun. Itâs different, itâs edgy, itâs a pie to the face of âstuffyâ textbook stuff. It can better reflect a personâs character, mood, and attitude. So why donât I push it in my classes?