Can exercise help ESL students learn English?

Can exercise help ESL students learn English?

Too busy to learn a new language? Try taking your language lessons to the gym!

No, this isn’t the latest “multitask for success” tip — working out while you study has actually been proven to improve memorization and retention of new vocabulary.

Recent research of Chinese university students with a basic knowledge of English demonstrates physical activity’s positive impact on language learning. The study published in PLOS Oneshowed students who rode exercise bikes while being introduced to a set of new English words improved performance at both the word and sentence level.

Teachers need improved training

Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit


“It is obviously most important that what teachers are taught reflects the practices that can actually make a positive difference for student learning. That is, the content of professional development matters, along with its form,” said the report titled “Effective Teachers Professional Development.” Its authors include Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute and chairwoman of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Music and Rhythm + Grammar and Language

Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

Check out this story via NPR.

“Reyna Gordon was an aspiring opera singer fresh out of college when she began contemplating the questions that would eventually define her career.

“I moved to Italy when I finished my bachelor of music, and I started to take more linguistic classes and to think about language in the brain, and music in the brain,” she says. “What was happening in our brains when we were listening to music, when we were singing? What was happening in my brain when I was singing?”