Reblogged: “A New Way to Teach Grammar: The Bilingual Option” by Wolfgang Butzkamm

Reblogged from the German SLA blog “Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century”:

A New Way to Teach Grammar: The Bilingual Option.


Wolfgang Butzkamm has long been an advocate of what he calls ‘enlightened monolingualism’, calling for language teachers to draw on the conscious and sub-conscious systemic and lexical L1 knowledge of their foreign language learners. In this guest post on , he showcases one of the techniques described in his 2009 book “The Bilingual Reform” which was reviewed by CLERA’s Elisabeth Wielander in “Für Sie gelesen”, Info-DAF 38 (2/3), April/Juni 2011, 181-183 (available for download here).

Butzkamm, Wolfgang & Caldwell, John A.W. (2009). The Bilingual Reform. A Paradigm Shift in Foreign Language Teaching. Tübingen: Narr.


Infographic: Blogging in the classroom


Useful book on English grammar from a foreign language learner’s point of view

Teaching the grammar of a foreign language can be a tricky business, especially since learners may, on occasion, have a rather tentative grasp of their first language’s grammar.

A colleague at Aston recommends the following resource for supporting learners of French whose first language is English in their study of French grammar:

‘My Mom is a teacher of French in the US, and she was telling me about how good this book was for teaching English/American students about French grammar, via the explanation of English grammar concepts. For example, how to get from an English structure to an equivalent French structure, grammar explained as it relates to English but anticipating concepts necessary for French etc.’

For more information, click here.

The book is also available for learners of German and Spanish.

In fact, the German version was recommended to a German tutor at Aston by one of her students, an indication that other students might also find it helpful.

10 ice-breakers for teens and adults

It won’t be long until the next academic year brings old friends and new classmates together in our classrooms. Getting to know each other usually doesn’t happen automatically, which is why most teachers have a handy store of ice-breaking activities to get things started.

For new ideas, follow this link to a slide show offering 10 ice-breakers for teens and adults.