什麼是「廣泛閱讀/視聽」? (Extensive Reading/Viewing)

廣泛閱讀(Extensive Reading)是一種完全不同於正規學校上課模式的學習策略,而近來因資訊化媒體的發達,廣泛視聽(Extensive Viewing)也開始流行。其核心概念非常簡單:「在利用英語去理解 ( Comprehend ) 的過程中,學習者自然而然就能取得(acquire)語言能力,不需要特意去記憶學習(memorize & learn)」。

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謝孟媛–國高中文法

在廣泛閱讀/視聽的邏輯下,文法不應該存在。然而,基本的文法概念卻有利於廣泛閱讀的核心理論「comprehensible input」,因此,我們推荐學習者也要了解一些基礎文法才好。然而請注意以下幾點:

  1. 利用廣泛視聽至少100小時之後,再來看這些影片才會事半公倍。
  2. 不需要特別去記憶或背誦,只要看過去,了解一下原來英語有哪些特殊結構即可。

謝老師的文法課程相當清楚,上面影片也推荐立志當老師的學習者觀摹其教學方法。

oodles 我該學這個字嗎?

oodles and oodles of sth 大量的某東西 (

在 Cambridge 字典裡,可以看到這個單字被標示為 「old-fashioned, informal」,老就算了,還不正式!但這個字看起來超級好記耶……

illusion, delusion, hallucination 錯覺,幻覺,妄想 的意思和用法

illusion 錯覺(正常人判斷錯誤): Something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real, e.g.,
The video game is designed to give the illusion that you are in control of an airplane.

hallucination 幻覺(被影響的正常人): an experience in which you see, hear, feel, or smell something that does not exist, usually because you are ill or have taken a drug, e.g. A high temperature can cause hallucinations.

delusion 妄想(指瘋子的想法): A delusion is a fixed belief that is not amenable to change in light of conflicting evidence, e.g., she is under the delusion that we will finish on time.

Internal/External Validity: the Control of Independent, Dependent, and Extraneous Variables in Laboratory or Field Experiments.

  1. Internal Validity, External Validity
  2. Independent, Dependent, and Extraneous Variables
  3. Laboratory or Field Experiments

The internal validity is usually a mess, especially in the education research field, partially because of the extreme complexity regarding human brains and minds; partially because of a variety of different context and goals education could have. The problem not only lies in the control of independent or dependent part, but most seriously in the extraneous variables that are literally uncontrollable or even unnoticeable in the education field. Worse yet, to overcome this intrinsic complexity issue, the only way is to go big and make use of the large sample size to balance the uncontrollable bias. As a result, people go field experiments for more samples at lower cost, and in turn further worsen the internal validity.

In my research, we utilize the power of information technology. By moving the whole class online, we are able to track much more detailed information, especially the learning behavior information–which is of much higher quality compared to academic test or survey when it comes to scientific research. In my humble opinion, this is actually the beginning of a phenomenal revolution that opens a brand new door for education researchers to get to the truth.