Neuroplasticity in the SLA Classroom: Connecting Brain Research to Language Learning

Neuroplasticity research is one of the most exciting areas for me as an education professional.  It opens completely new opportunities and hopes for learners of all ages and backgrounds.  I love it! The brain allows us to be forever learners! Follow this link to read some information about Neuroplasticity research and its implications for the learning of languages.  Read “Neuroplasticity in the SLA Classroom: Connecting Brain Research to Language Learning” at

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25 Ways to Find or Create Comprehensible Input

This article was a great find that gives ELL learners ideas on how they can learn the new language. Some of these ideas I would never have thought to recommend to an ELL student.

One great idea from the article was:

Dubbed Movies: Finding your favorite movie dubbed into the language you are learning can be an excellent source of comprehensible input. Your interest is high,  you have great amount of background knowledge and you can watch scenes or the whole movie again and again.

Click this link to see all  awesome ideas!


25 Maps that Explain the English Language

English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It’s spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today.

Click the link below to get to the article by Libby Nelson on March 3, 2015:


New Adventures: Grad School and Baby Ngaiza to be!

babyannounce4babyannounce2babyannounce3I am really looking forward to my new adventures in my life! I have begun my Master’s for Teacher Leader with an Endorsement in ESL in the same year Edwin and I are expecting our first baby! I am really looking forward to blogging again and sharing teaching strategies with others. I have had some great experiences working with ESL students while teaching in Kongiganak, Alaska and now at Western Middle School. It will be great learning new strategies and sharing what I know!

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The pictures above are; Native Alaskans showed Amanda, another teacher, and I how to hunt duck, my 4/5 split class, and the walrus the village caught and brought to shore to have a feast!