Learning Myths

If you enjoyed listening to episode one on Learning Myths and would like to learn more, you can go to the following sources to find out more about the research mentioned in the podcast.

 

MYTH 1: YOUNGER LEARNERS LEARN BEST

Muñoz, C (ed.): Age and the Rate of Foreign Language Learning, 2006.

 

MYTH 2: YOUNGER GENERATIONS DEMAND MORE TECHNOLOGY

Prensky, M, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, 2001

Since Prensky's publication on Digital Natives in 2001, there have been numerous publications and studies that debunk his arguments, such as the one below. 

Beetham, H; Sharpe, R, Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: Designing and Delivering E-Learning (2007)

 

MYTH 3: READING HELPS US TO ACQUIRE VOCABULARY

Waring, R; Taktaki, M, At What Rate do Learners Learn and Retain New Vocabulary from Reading a Graded Reader? Reading in a Foreign Language, Volume 15, Number 2, October 2003.

 

MYTH 4: LEARNERS HAVE A PREFERRED LEARNING STYLE

Marshik, T. Learning Styles and the Importance of Critical Self-Reflection. TEDx Talk

 

MYTH 5: VOCABULARY SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SEMANTIC SETS

Folse, K. Myths about Teaching and Learning Second Language Vocabulary: What Recent Research Says. In: TESOL Reporter 37, 2 (2004), pp. 1-13.