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01/16/2020

The examples are there, but in the beginning, as it always is when learning a language, you are told the information but not how to learn it. There is very seldom that you hear it in the context of how you’re going to use it in the real world. There is an emphasis on learning to speak and understand rather than understanding how to

The examples are there, but in the beginning, as it always is when learning a language, you are told the information but not how to learn it. There is very seldom that you hear it in the context of how you’re going to use it in the real world. There is an emphasis on learning to speak and understand rather than understanding how to
That is the way to acquire the language and then use it in other situations, too. And so when you’re teaching English, don’t start with sentences containing “how,” unless they’re relevant from the beginning. Start with examples and how they’re used outside of language learning. If there’s a “how” situation that’s important, and it involves language, don’t go back to the basic vocabulary to teach it. Start with the “what” and how it’s used outside of language learning. That’s the only way to learn to talk and understand in any language.
The above quote is from Professor Henry Jenkins in his latest book, The New Language of Education: A Practical Guide to Teaching English to Children. I recommend it to all students, parents, and teachers who are interested in improving their English.Lately, after I wrote that the recent presidential elections have brought the first major political challenge to America’s constitutional order since the Revolutionary War, lots of folks sent me emails and Facebook messages asking exactly who I was writing about, and what the crisis was. The answer will surprise you. Not surprisingly to me, this is only the second time our federal government has been challenged by a national insurgency in the past four decades, and it’s probably the fourth or fifth (maybe more) since the Civil War. That is, Americans have been waging an insurgency throughout their lifetimes against the political, cultural, and economic forces that have made our world so successful and prosperous. They are an insurrectionary, even a terrorist, movement—one that will probably continue for years to come, until Americans finally wake from this nightmare to figure out what to do about it.
So what exactly is an “insignificant” insurgency? Well, most terrorists and militants, if not all insurgents