December 6, 2016
At the recent celebration of the 75th anniversary of the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute, one panel focused on the many legendary textbooks that came out of the ELI and that were ultimately published by the University of Michigan Press. The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cBHlFGGL00. Other videos from that day-long event can be found here: https://lsa.umich.edu/eli/about-us/eli-75th/eli-75th-anniversary-colloquium-videos-.html.
May 17, 2016
Listening Myths Five Years On Steven Brown I recently had a chance to both write a handbook article and give a presentation on current approaches to teaching listening. The preparation for both gave me a chance to look back at Listening Myths five years after its publication (Brown, 2011). I want to look at four themes that I cover in the book that have, if anything, increased in importance: vocabulary, pronunciation, affect, and captioning. One of the major themes of Listening Myths is the necessity of acquiring a robust, active listening vocabulary. Often vocabulary teaching is assigned to a reading […]