Fluency in the EFL Context: a simple truth

Truths It finally sunk in the other day. For the past few years I’ve been trying to define the EFL context for myself as somehow unique and wholly distinct from the ESL world. Suddenly, as clear and as simple as the greatest truths tend to reveal themselves, the idea of “fluency”, and the need for…

Spontaneous Learning Opportunity Windows (SLOW)

Has this ever happened to you? You discover some new thing, something you weren’t really familiar with previously, and suddenly you notice it everywhere. This happened with the first car I bought: a 1964, baby blue VW beetle; 400 dollars and sporting a homemade wooden floor. It got me through my university summer job, and…

Olympic swimming’s individual medley as a metaphor for studying English: Can you see Japan’s handicap?

Ironic? “The 400m individual swimming medley has been an Olympic competition since the 1964 Summer Olympics, Tokyo, Japan.” (Wikipedia online) Metaphors describing the difficulties of studying English in Japan have come and gone over the years: studying English is like learning to ride a bicycle; like learning to play a musical instrument like the flute;…

The simplest messages are always the most powerful. Can’t wait to show this to my students on Monday. Thanks to Curtis Kelly for passing the video on to friends at facebook.