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silent finals

This video was produced by ALG World Co., Ltd. with the cooperation of the AUA Language Center Thai Department in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Rubber trees and language students

I know that we’ve learned that language classes are difficult.  Language study requires hard work, high levels of dedication, commitment, motivation, etc., etc.  Mostly, it requires a lot of practice. That’s what we’ve learned… So the other day, I spoke with a customer at my restaurant.  He and his...

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If you’ve an interest in education, thi

If you’ve an interest in education, this article offers much to think about: http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/national.htm

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Forbidden to Speak! – (and comments about Steve and Benny)

I’m probably that ‘guy in Thailand’ who is accused of forbidding students to speak in the following podcast.  (http://lingosteve.posterous.com/benny-the-irish-poyglot-and-steve-the-linguis)  This is one of two misunderstandings people sometimes have.  It may indicate that I am simply ineffective in communicating in any language whatsoever.  On the other hand, it may indicate that some...

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So you’re no longer a child – but can you still DO what the child does?

This is an introduction to a series of blogs focusing on differences between what young children and adults do in gaining a new language. If we want to gain the same results as children, we need to be doing the same things!Sometimes, when I tell adults that they have...

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Do these classes really work?

I’d like to say thanks to “choaphray” for these questions on our youtube channel: “hmm do these classes actually work? how long before i get to understand what they are on about?” In 1987 I entered the Thai Program and these were my two big questions. They are often asked...

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When does speaking begin?

I’ve said this before, and wish to do so again. The most often asked questions I receive goes something like this, “when will I begin to speak?”   Before I once more offer my thoughts about this, let’s define the word “speak”. What does it mean to be able...

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meaningful text

This video was produced by ALG World Co., Ltd. with the cooperation of the AUA Language Center Thai Department in Bangkok, Thailand.

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LOOK for meaning – listen to what you see.

Have you ever wondered how a blind child might learn a language?  It’s easy to imagine that a blind child’s understanding of a word like ‘sky’ will be more limited than a child who can actually see the sky.  In fact, when a blind child is acquiring a new language, they...

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Level AB 3-4 Guidelines

Levels B 3-4 is a transition level between the Beginner and Intermediate Levels. The format is more advanced than level one, and focuses primarily on stories. The subject matter still changes every day and can be quite challenging at times. (feelings) The level may feel like a big change...

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