Tag Archives: language learning

what language wires in to us

Another very interesting interview with Moshe Feldenkrais: “When the brain comes into the world, it is fit to do only what any animal brain can do: it attends to breathing, to digestion, to the automatic processes of the body. Beyond … Continue reading

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The ethnosphere – Wade Davis

Wade Davis explains that all the many cultures of the world “as well as thousands of others that might readily have found a place in this book, make up an intellectual, social, and spiritual web of life that envelops the … Continue reading

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The 4G Spectrum debate

The most recent episode of Te Tēpu dealt with the 4G spectrum claim and was really interesting – the arguments presented are incredibly valid and merit serious consideration by educators. Te Tēpu Sunday 14 July 2013 http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/te-tepu/S09E014/te-tepu

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Numeracy and Literacy concepts

In their book, Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice (2007), (designed to help educators improve their abilities to develop young children’s numeracy and literacy), Fleer and Raban make some of the following comments about numeracy and literacy (with regards to … Continue reading

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science and language

Wellington and Osborne explain that “The debate about language in science education goes back a long way. For brevity,” they continue, “we start in the 1970s [by citing Postman and Weingartner:]” (p.3) “Almost all of what we customarily call ‘knowledge’ … Continue reading

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Language wars, death of languages, minority languages, etc.

I am throwing out papers again and just wanted to note down this document: The UNESCO Courier, April 2000, which had a special section dedicated to languages: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0011/001194/119473e.pdf There are a couple of interesting articles in it that address the … Continue reading

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Babies read lips

According to the latest Education Aotearoa, “New research suggests babies don’t learn to talk just from hearing sounds – they’re lip-readers too. It happens during that stage when a baby’s babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables and eventually into … Continue reading

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