What we Say

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Plagiarism is generally understood as copying words from a text without acknowledging its source. However, the working definition of plagiarism is less straightforward, and is influenced by both personal views...

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Fluency is often associated with the ability to perform a task quickly, smoothly and effortlessly, as Jiang (2016) summarises. However, this aspect of language should not be considered in isolation...

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Blended learning is often defined as the combination of traditional face-to-face learning and online learning experiences (Garrison & Kanuka, 2004). Some critics of this model say that there are risks...

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Viewing politeness as a universally accepted norm is an incomplete or even misleading understanding of the concept. In fact, research in the early development of politeness theory, such as that...

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Discussions in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) tend to focus on variables that pertain to the individual rather than the social context (Peirce, 1995). This is seen in ways that learners...

By James Jenkin The biggest headache for teachers is when students don’t understand instructions. Running around a class of fifty, clarifying what to do, is not fun. The first step is to take instructing seriously. Clear instructions...

By Dr Jeremy Koay A limited view Children who have issues with reading are sometimes described as poor, reluctant, or struggling readers (Jalongo & Hirsh, 2010). These descriptions tend to focus on children rather than their reading...