Archive | March 2013

Games in the Classroom – pro or con?

By Mark Hershey Mark Hershey has lived and taught in Asia for over a dozen years and is currently teaching in Vietnam. He has a Master’s Degree in TEFL and is especially interested in theories of learning. One of the first workshops I attended in language teaching could easily have been called “Language Teaching Through […]

The LSU Top 5 #24

This is the 24th of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out – Quartz With incredibly high drop-out rates, there’s something not quite […]

Are international schools bad for you?

By Matthew Cowan, LSU A newspaper article did the rounds on social media in Vietnam recently because it reported that some influential people in Vietnamese society believe early second language acquisition dilutes the identity of Vietnamese children. It also stated there’s a strong belief that  it meddles with children’s identification with Vietnamese culture and their […]

The LSU Top 5 #23

This is the 23rd of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Local students don’t know what plagiarism is: experts – Tuoi Tre This article gives an insight into plagiarism in Vietnam. Dr. Pham Quoc Loc, of Hoa Sen University, […]

Do you see what I see?

By Carol Witney, LSU As an international educator, I have often come across very bright, articulate, lively and energetic students  who are really struggling with literacy skills in English. In the UK with a native speaker, it would be natural for me to ask a few questions to try and determine whether the learner has […]

The LSU Top 5 #22

This is the 22nd of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Are you smarter than a 5th grader? – Behind Frenemy Lines Texas State Representative Gene Wu found fifth grade exams confusing so challenged his colleagues to see how […]

Effort does matter, and effort needs fuel

By David DeBrot, LSU Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem. I saw this Latin phrase written on the wall of a colleague’s office this week and it so tidily summed up experiences that occurred just minutes and days before I’d seen it. The phrase means ‘Being better than the worst is not goodness’. In other words, putting forth effort to […]