second language acquisition

Episode 75! What's The Best Way to Learn a Language (With Dave Weller)

Episode 75! What's The Best Way to Learn a Language (With Dave Weller)

For our 75th episode, we discuss a question which is both very simple and highly complex: What’s the best way to learn a language? We challenged each other to fit everything we could about language learning onto a single page of A4 paper, then compare our notes in a marathon 60-minute discussion. For maximum effect, prepare your own notes on “What’s the Best Way to Learn a Language” before you listen.

How Do L2 Users Think Differently from Monolinguals? (Vivian Cook’s Career Highlights)

How Do L2 Users Think Differently from Monolinguals? (Vivian Cook’s Career Highlights)

We interview second language acquisition legend, Vivian Cook about his career in second language teaching and learning. Professor Cook tells us about how L2 users think differently to monolinguals, his own experiences as a language learner, teacher and researcher and what has changed in language teaching over the course of his career.

What Teachers Need to Know (and What’s Stopping Them) (with Stephen Krashen)

What Teachers Need to Know (and What’s Stopping Them) (with Stephen Krashen)

We talk with Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, about the teacher research knowledge gap: what do teachers need to know about second language acquisition, what are the barriers stopping them and what we can do to solve this problem. We discuss open access journals, the Grateful Dead compressible input, compressible output and evidence based language teaching.

Who Learns Languages Best and How Long Does it Take? (with Professor Patsy Lightbown)

Who Learns Languages Best and How Long Does it Take? (with Professor Patsy Lightbown)

Patsy Lightbown, Professor, author and second language acquisition researcher tells us about language learners of different ages. Are kids better language learners than adults? Who learns languages faster? Are there any advantages to learning a language later in life? Listen to find out…