As in any field, education evolves and innovates. While, these days, much of the excitement and noise comes from the ever-evolving scene of EdTech, different changes are happening in the field, farther away from the public eye. These changes have more to do with how and what we teach as humans than supplementing the process with technology.

Of course, not everyone agrees on what the best changes for learning and teaching are but, in general, these new views are condensed under the heading of the new learning paradigm. So, today, we’re taking a look at what these new approaches entail.

From knowledge to skills


While it’s certainly possible to acquire a new language at any age, it will come as no surprise that there are certain changes that happen both in the brain and in the person that make adult language learners different from their child counterparts. From changing brain plasticity to developing a stronger sense of “self”, these aspects will both help and hinder the adult language learner on their road to fluency.

In the first part of this two-part post, we’ll consider what changes in the brain cause children and adults to have a different learning experience. …


COVID-19 hit the scene some ten months ago, at the start of the new decade. And ever since then, the world hasn’t been the same. Stable economies have deteriorated, people are unemployed, and life as we know it has changed.

It can easily be said that the unprecedented situation has kept everybody on the edge of their seats because no one can say for sure what more this year will bring.

Where on the forefront things have been the absolute worse, some fundamental life aspects have been affected too. …


In the previous instalment to this post, we covered how adult brains differ from that of children’s, and how a declining brain plasticity can affect the learning experience adults have when trying to acquire a new language.

But brain connections aren’t the only thing separating adult learners from children.

And so, today, we’re taking a look at how more mature students approach the learning process. Here, too, there are certain factors that help and some that hinder. But, using correct strategies and keeping your motivation high, there’s no obstacle to keep you from learning a new language at any age.

A strong sense of self


Did you know that Afrikaans was first brought into South Africa, where it is still spoken today, with the arrival of Dutch settlers? At first, Dutch was spoken but, over time, Afrikaans started emerging from a mix of languages spoken by the newcomers. These days, it’s recognised as a distinct language belonging in the West Germanic language group.

Here are ten more interesting facts about Afrikaans:

1. It’s the youngest official language in the world

Although it’s rather difficult to determine the age of any language (or what a language itself is, for that matter), Afrikaans is the youngest official one in the world. It was only decreed “a…


English is quite simply the most popular foreign language for people to learn, quite probably due to its status as the lingua franca for pretty much all international communication. In addition, more than half of the content on the internet is also in English. So, it is probably no surprise that there are so many great online resources for people learning English, it is difficult to give an overview.

We have already given some recommendations about which resources English learners should use in Part 1 of this post but since there are so many to choose from, we’ve put together…


We’re all familiar with the famous Pavlovian dogs — ring a bell and the dog begins to salivate, because it’s been trained to associate the bell with food. This is an example of classical conditioning — a small example of what is called the behaviourist school in psychology. What is more interesting than dogs associating bells with food, however, is how these same principles also apply in education, whether we want it or not.

To improve your teaching technique, it’s important to understand how different stimuli can start to affect students after they’ve associated them with a particular reflex. …


Take a few minutes to think about the best teacher that you have ever had. Have you ever wondered what made him or her so special? Take a look at the following qualities and keep in mind that one teacher that surprised you — you might find a lot of it familiar.

1. Empathy

To begin with, empathy has a great impact on a teacher’s life and it’s one of the most important qualities. A great teacher always possesses an understanding of what the learner is going through and has the power to put him/herself in their shoes. We were all once…


English is quite simply the most popular foreign language for people to learn, quite probably due to its status as the lingua franca for pretty much all international communication. In addition, more than half of the content on the internet is also in English. So, it is probably no surprise that there are so many great online resources for people learning English, it is difficult to give an overview.

We have already given some recommendations about which resources English learners should use in Part 1 of this post but since there are so many to choose from, we’ve put together…


When one thinks of education, the imagery that comes to mind is probably that of attending university with classmates in a classroom. Though this method of attaining a good education is applaudable, the means of getting a good education have evolved. Those who don’t wish or have money to spend on attending university or college are longer be side-lined. The meaning of education isn’t anchored solely in university degrees.

Being educated means having expertise knowledge in your capacity and putting this to use in different ways. Fortunately, learning materials constantly surround you; it’s just a matter of spotting these.

Here…

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