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CHAPTER I: ATTITUDE
A talent for language learning
Freedom
Good language learners
Make sure you have fun
No learning without motivation
Find the time
Uncertainty
Speak when you feel like it
Passive learning
Rubem Alves, a wonderful educator
You cannot push on a rope
Curiosity
We all have our price
We are different
Why I decided to learn Russian
Why I decided to learn Korean
CHAPTER II: NATURAL LEARNING
Understand before you speak
False friends to avoid
There are many ways to enjoy a language
Language learning research
Don't believe the myths
Three laws of language learning
Take it easy and enjoy your silent period
Language learning is like falling in love
Seek out high resonance situations
Avoid low resonance situations
CHAPTER III: INPUT AND CONTENT
Stephen Krashen, a pioneer
Context, context, context
Bored with Korean
Listen to learn
How often should we listen?
Use it or lose it?
The exciting new world of podcasts
Buy the smallest grammar book you can
Grammar learning may be an obstacle
"You can only learn what you already know"
An English teaching certificate holder
English grammar and Russian grammar
Rules
CHAPTER V: WORDS
Words, the basic building blocks
Phrases, chunks of the language
Vocabulary over grammar
Three questions about words
Idioms
Paul Nation's four strands and my vocabulary acquisition zone
One word a day
Study conversations to master phrases
Getting the big words
Why do they do it?
Academic and business English
Global English
The big muscles-the words and phrases
And the small details
Slang
CHAPTER VI: OUTPUT - SPEAKING AND WRITING
Moving to output
Do not seek perfection
Corrections
Mistakes are good
Take it easy
Overcoming fear
Talk to yourself
How much writing and speaking is needed
Output activities and learning
Pronunciation
How bad is your accent?
To reduce accent or not
CHAPTER VII: LEARNING TECHNIQUES
Learn like children
Mastering a language
Hard work
Language learning and physical training
Starting the kids off right
Repeating
Talk is not cheap
Fitness
Memory
Don't try to remember
Rote memory
Lazy learners
Hard working learners
Shortcuts
Language learning is a hockey stick
Dogs
Globish
Adult learners
Chinese characters
CHAPTER VIII: WHICH LANGUAGE?
Which language to learn?
The most popular languages in Europe
How long does it take?
Three phases of language learning
How long does it take for an immigrant to learn English?
CHAPTER IX: EDUCATORS
Public education
Schools
Classroom "make-busy" time
French immersion
New Brunswick, bilingual province
Teachers know best?
What makes a good teacher?
What to learn
Universities
A humanities learning providence fund
Dialoguing as a theory
Testing
TOEIC
TOEIC and Japan
How many words do you need?
CHAPTER X: IMMIGRANT LANGUAGE LEARNING
Immigrant ESL
How useful are existing adult ESL programs?
The US Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Center for Applied Linguistics
Immigrant language learning in the USA
CHAPTER XI: LITERACY INSTRUCTION
To read better, just read more
Literacy as ideology
Literacy as an exercise in academic hair-splitting
"Higher-order thinking"
Language is not math
Critical thinking
Reading strategies
Reading is more important than studying
Promoting literacy
The fourth grade slump
The importance of listening
Oral comprehension
This is also true for foreign language learners
CHAPTER XII: CULTURE AND POLITICS
Culture
"French is a value"
CHAPTER XIII: HOW THE BRAIN LEARNS
Gerald Edelman
Manfred Spitzer – A German Neuroscientist
The brain and our attitude
Mind over brain
Darwinism in the brain
CHAPTER XIV: THE INTERNET
The Internet is fun
The Internet is the classroom
Convivium, sharing life on the Internet
Teacher as guide
Rosetta Stone
Live Mocha
Language Learning Misconceptions at Live Mocha
Censorship and favouritism at Wikipedia?
How I would teach a language class using LingQ
LingQ in the classroom: Feedback Part 1
LingQ in the classroom: Feedback Part 2 - Should education be free?
LingQ in the classroom: Feedback Part 3 - Putting the learner in charge
LingQ, a language learning community
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