It’s widely known that humor has a great impact on learning. It breaks down the barriers between teacher and student, reduces classroom anxiety by making the students feel more comfortable, and stimulates the brain to think critically and creatively. But what impact can it have in an ESL classroom? It is certainly possible to tell […]

The recent #collegecheatingscandal created an outcry from the non-cheating, less “well-off” students; and justifiably so. It sucks to think that rich kids and their families can pay to cheat their way into a good college while the less-fortunate get gobsmacked for not cheating. Furthermore, the lack of financial resources means less, or no access to […]

The teacher walks into his foreign language classroom for the first time and sees a wide variety of students. It is a combination of male students and female students, younger students and older students, and students from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. He thinks he has the diversity of the class figured out. Or does […]

Of course, we want to learn a second language.  Besides being a cool skill to have, many cognitive scientists now feel being bilingual is good for the brain. It can improve one’s ability to stay focused and maintain a good attention span. Moreover, many now believe it can put off memory loss and keep our […]

It’s hard to find someone who has little or no interest in learning a second language. Who among us isn’t tempted by the lure of jumping into a foreign language conversation while riding on an elevator or giving a helping hand to someone in need who is speaking a language other than English? Unfortunately, for […]

A recent story in the news talked about a young, struggling college student in Birmingham, Alabama walking twenty miles to work because his car broke down.  His boss rewarded his work ethic and determination with the gift of a car. The story made national news and became a real feel good story of the holiday […]

It is easy to dispense tips for getting better sleep while in college. Just about everyone knows the obvious: go to bed at a reasonable hour, try and establish a regular sleep cycle, consume less caffeine and alcohol, and get regular exercise. Unfortunately, in the college environment, those things are easier said than done. Realistically, […]