Embarrassment in the Language Classroom

“Embarrassment is a true enemy of learning,” writes Thomas Newkirk.  I just finished reading Newkirk’s book, Embarrassment: And the Emotional Underlife of Learning. It’s a book about how feelings of embarrassment and shame often hold learners back in the classroom. In order to learn anything new, we all go through a period of incompetence, which …

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Book Review: “While We’re on the Topic”

I just finished reading Bill VanPatten’s newest book, While We’re on the Topic: BVP on Language, Acquisition, and Classroom Practice, and I thought I would write a review. The book is available on the ACTFL website. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Bill VanPatten is a prominent researcher in the field of Second Language …

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