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Multiple intelligences and education

Many foreign language teaching methods have emerged throughout history, most of them trying to ratify or reject the validity of the principles and tenets of the previous ones and providing new guidelines for language teaching. However, these methods will never work for all students even if they are the most innovative and engaging one. The… Continue reading Multiple intelligences and education

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Critical Thinking: Reevaluating the Education Model

The idea that the current education system might be failing to prepare pupils for the complexity of postmodern lives is not new. Neither is the idea that the competences that the education is prioritizing in our curriculums are not only obsolete but scarcely useful in our current context. It’s been almost 70 years since Martin… Continue reading Critical Thinking: Reevaluating the Education Model

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Teaching English for Gifted Students

I have sometimes heard teachers talking about their fear of having gifted students in class, claiming that the majority of them has never been trained to help these students improve their abilities and get them to be motivated towards the different activities carried out in class. Nevertheless, there is no need to worry. Here you… Continue reading Teaching English for Gifted Students

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Conference: Teaching students with Down Syndrome

On Wednesday 14th of December we attended the V Conference Innovation in Philology and Communication Studies: Methodological and Research Applications. In this blog entry I am going to summarise the main points of a very interesting paper: Second Language Learning in Down Syndrome children by Laura Sicilia Polo, UCM.  This topic is of great interest since… Continue reading Conference: Teaching students with Down Syndrome

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The Past, Present, and Future of World English by David Crystal (Summary)

The prospect of English becoming a global language is uncertain as there is no historical precedence. That is why is necessary to have a look to what happened in its past in order to speculate about its future. A language achieves a genuine global status when it develops a special role that is recognized in… Continue reading The Past, Present, and Future of World English by David Crystal (Summary)