Last time you updated iTunes or downloaded the latest iOS to your phone you may have noticed an app or feature called iTunes U. This is essentially a section of the Apple ecosystem dedicated to podcasts, vodcasts and other resources for an Open University-type approach to learning. You don’t have to be an attendee of any of the institutes running the courses to take advantage of the media they publish.
I was having a browse when I came across a course of lectures from Columbia University on TESOL and Applied Linguistics. One of the lectures was by Dr. Patsy Lightbown entitled ‘Easy as Pie? The Myth of Child Second Language Learning’.
I highly recommend watching the lecture and reading the accompanying paper which is available on-line as a downloadable PDF here.
There is a lot in her talk which is very relevant to our situation here and some interesting food for thought.
To find the lecture on iTunes, go to the iTunes store and search for TESOL in iTunes U or just click this link.