Why this blog?
I decided to start writing this blog as a way of bringing together my passion for teaching Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and my love for linguistics. I am by no means an expert, but I am an educated enthusiast and I am sure that through collaboration, we will all become experts – or at least- the best teachers of modern foreign languages that we can be!
My hope is that among my readers, I will attract the interest of linguists and teachers alike. In my humble opinion, it is imperative that pedagogy and linguistics come finally together in order to create a basic know-how of teaching languages in the MFL classroom. I certainly cannot do it on my own, but I hope that you would like to collaborate by either commenting on the posts, writing a post or by allowing a researcher into your classroom.
I feel particularly lucky to have met so many passionate teachers and linguists in my career as a language teacher and a student of German and Linguistics. The effervescence in both fields has always taunted me and tempted me. As a student of Linguistics I was very keen to pursue a PhD in Second Language Acquisition, however, my desire to teach was greater and with a few years teaching experience under my belt, I feel that it is time to dust off those research skills and get writing!
So to wrap this first post up and because I love bullet points! Here are my aims and motivations for starting this blog.
- To open communication among Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teachers and share best practice. If resources is what you are after, please check out this favourite links page.
- To create a link between MFL teachers and Linguists- Specially those interested in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Research within the MFL classroom.
- To make SLA theories accessible to teachers and other readers.
- To provide ideas on how to incorporate SLA techniques and ideas in our practice.
Thank you for reading, and do stick around, get in touch, let me know what you think and if you are at all tempted to collaborate, you have already made my day!