It’s hard to ignore the topic of Duolingo crowns on my social media in the last few days. I was one of the later recipients of the new ‘Crowns” Approach but it seems that people are either going to love the change or hate it. If you have not heard of this recent change to… Continue reading My First Impressions of Duolingo’s Crowns.
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Today I thought I would write about something that often comes up when people talk about learning a language and that is that it is okay to make mistakes and experience setbacks. This is something I started to think about recently when tackling a brief at work. I am a researcher and have been carrying… Continue reading It’s not perfect – but that’s okay!
Personally, I really enjoy my language studying but sometimes my enthusiasm means I'm not making the best use of my time. Until recently, my studying tended to be more about 'what kind of thing do I feel like doing today' as opposed to 'what do I need to do to achieve my mini goals?'. I… Continue reading Free Printables for Language Learners
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a common feature in U.K classrooms where a topic or a theme is used as the basis for a range (or sometimes all) subject areas. The premise is that if you can hook learners with an engaging topic which can excite them, then you can use this to teach some… Continue reading Project Based Language Learning
I’ve heard mixed opinions on the usefulness of flashcards to learn vocabulary. Some people swear by them and some people think they are a pointless rote learning exercise that doesn’t teach you how to use and manipulate vocabulary. This got me thinking about context and holistic learning. Obviously, the aim of flashcards is to help… Continue reading Contextualising your Learning with Holistic Experiences
Goal Setting is something I started to write about on my Instagram earlier this week. I started learning Norwegian with the incredibly vague goal of “I want to be able to speak Norwegian”. But what does that really mean? We’ve all seen the SMART targets model where a goal should always be Specific, Measurable, Attainable,… Continue reading Goal Setting
Welcome to my blog. My name is Kathryn and I am a former school teacher. Leaving the stressful teaching profession and entering the world of educational research gave me more time to pursue my hobbies and passions- the biggest of these being learning Norwegian. I recently attended a Norwegian course in London and unfortunately, I… Continue reading From Teacher to Student – Welcome to My Blog