Gamification of the Language Classroom

Guest contributor: Faten Alzaid Faten is a master's student in McGill's Second Language Education program. She has come from Saudi Arabia to conduct research related to the gamification of education, motivation, and second language acquisition. She believes high quality education grows by enhancing motivation, curiosity and desire. "I should have studied more!" I find this …

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What role does group work actually play in language learning?

By Melissa J. Enns Spoken language production has been a recurring theme in recent posts on oral corrective feedback and in guest contributor Jihoon Kim's examination of off-task behaviour. Each of these posts has touched on the topic of pair or group work. Perhaps many of us have never stopped to consider why we use pair/group work or …

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Corrective Feedback and Linguistic Ideologies

By Jihoon Kim and Melissa Enns The scholarly discussion surrounding corrective feedback (CF) has mainly focused on how to correct, when to correct, what to correct, and who should correct errors (for an overview, see Elllis, 2017). What is often missing in this discussion is the social dimension of CF. That is, when a teacher …

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Giving Corrective Feedback on Spoken Language Production

By Melissa J. Enns Recently, guest contributor Yerim Lee shared an insightful post on giving effective written feedback (you can read it here). Today, I'd like to continue in that vein and discuss verbal corrective feedback. Written feedback has its challenges, but it also has the benefit of premeditation; we can take time to put some …

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Is off-task behaviour in the language classroom bad?

Guest contributor: Jihoon Kim Jihoon is a master's student in Second Language Education through McGill University's Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Jihoon's research interests include peer interaction in the language classroom. In North America, communicative approaches to language teaching prevail in most second language instructional settings. Go and check a second language textbook made …

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