Ed-Psyche reports are generally junk

Over the years I’ve been asked to read quite a few Ed-Psyche reports. Without exception they have been absolutely rubbish. That is both shocking and tragic as it misleads educators and disadvantages pupils. How is it possible for “professionals” to...

Efficiency is your friend.

About four years ago I met an American lady near Estepona on the southern coast of Spain. She previously lived and worked in America and knew no Spanish. This was unfortunate because she had a dream – to live and work in Spain. How to do? She solved her lack of...

A very good use of lockdown time in my view.

Well, that was fun! I set out on March 17th to learn Italian and I finished my programme on schedule yesterday, November 30th. A very good use of lockdown time in my view. I don’t like it when people make vague statements like “I have learned...

What’s your plan for maintaining peak fluency?

In 1989 Stephen Covey published his book – The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. Habit #2 was “start with the end in mind”. Sound advice. Let’s follow it! I don’t start learning a language until I have a plan in place to maintain...