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Grit, Resilience, and Conation in Adult ESOL

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Two learners, both smart, both with strong extrinsic motivations to learn English, beset by similar adversities: one adapts, persists, overcomes, and emerges that much the stronger. The other becomes frustrated, loses heart, gives up, and ultimately fails to achieve fluency. … Continue reading

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Developing Writing Skills Through Personal Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was studying English in an intensive English program, I asked my writing instructor what I could do to improve my writing skills. I had a hard time coming up with ideas, so I asked … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Two New Year Classroom Activities

Sarah Sahr

Celebrating the start of a new year has always been a favorite holiday of mine. During this time of year, in most countries I’ve lived in, regardless of religion, a country’s true culture rings through in song, festivals, and food. … Continue reading

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Investment, Identity, and Language Learning

Bonny Norton
Bonny Norton

In my early research with adults in Canada (published in the TESOL Quarterly, 1995), I observed that existing theories of motivation in the field of language learning were not consistent with the findings from my research. Most theories at the … Continue reading

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