Learner agency is not a new topic in education but it is, perhaps, the one we should be talking about the most. In general terms, agency is action that arises from deliberation and choice, or, in other words, the power to act.
While many students ask this, what they fail to understand is that learning a language does not mean only learning how to speak that language. Of course, it depends on your goal as a language learner; what are you hoping to achieve? If fluency is the focal point, then you should definitely focus on the … Continue reading Practicing Speaking English
The 2019 Disruptive Education Conference happened last weekend, on April 6. It was a five-guest-speaker marathon on edupreneurship, immigration and learner autonomy. Ada Draeden and MC Anesh Daya Ada Draeden, expert on immigrant success, opened the conference with a talk on “Canadian English: How to Translate your Job Search”. As she states, “language does not … Continue reading Highlights: 2019 Disruptive Education Conference
As soon as any student starts their journey towards becoming a speaker of English, a couple of pre-made sentences, a learner’s ‘toolkit’, is handed them. Statements such as “I am (name)” or “my name is (name)” are the tip of the iceberg. Soon after students are presented with the predictable and unskippable “he is”, “she … Continue reading The social impact of “Where are you from?”
If English isn’t your first language and you want to live or study abroad, odds are you will have to write an international proficiency test. There are several proficiency exams out there and you need to figure out which one is the right one for you. Those of you immigrating to Canada, for example, will … Continue reading What you need to know before you choose your proficiency exam