Book Review & Reflection: “How Languages are Learned” by Lightbown and Spada

How Languages Are Learned by Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada is probably one of the best-known books that gives an overview of the research on language acquisition. Its latest edition—the fourth edition—was published in 2013, so it combines information about some of the early, foundational research studies on language acquisition along with some more …

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Singular “They” & Latinx: Talking to Students About Gender-Inclusive Language

I try to use gender-inclusive language when possible in my own speech (though I'm definitely still working on it!), but, until recently, I had never talked with my students very directly about the topic or taught an entire lesson about it. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been more intentional about using gender-inclusive language …

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Book Recommendation: “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, I’m trying to do more to explore how I can become more anti-racist in my teaching. I’m hoping to write more about this topic in future posts, but I wanted to start off with a book recommendation. I recently read the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by …

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