Publication Archives


TITLE: Academic Achievement and Human Interaction: Nature or Nurture?

TYPE: General Interest Article

FIELD: Psychology, Education

OVERVIEW: Which influences learning and achievement more: genetics or environment?
Or do they both influence a child's future? Psychologists try to unravel
the mystery of human development.


First published in The Owl (Ma Tou Yin), Taichung, Taiwan, 1987




TITLE: CALL and Applied Linguistics--Sometimes the Marriage is Successful

TYPE: Educational Technology Article

FIELD: Computer Assisted Language Learning

OVERVIEW: A brief description of two computer assisted language learning programs
developed in the 1980s--a flashback in time


First published in The Abacus, Macau, 1994




TITLE: Extensive Reading and Language Acquisition--Two Studies

TYPE: Empirical Research

FIELD: Reading and Language Development

OVERVIEW: Two studies (one in Taiwan in 1986, and the follow up in Macau, 1995) trying to
determine the relationship, if any, between reading for pleasure (free voluntary reading)
and second language development-- has been cited occasionally in more recent research.


First published in ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Literature ED 388 110, Washington, D.C., 1994




TITLE: It's the Links, Stupid

TYPE: Educational Technology Article

FIELD: Self Directed Learning

OVERVIEW: A description of the original Schackne Online project, and how it was designed
to serve as a research database for Business, Education, and Communications majors
at the University of Macau.


First published in Proceedings of the International Conference on Teacher Education, Hong Kong 1999




TITLE: The English Teacher's Web Site--A Simple Primer

TYPE: Teacher Education Article

FIELD: Web Site Planning and Development

OVERVIEW: A simple tutorial on how to organize the construction of a web site.
Geared for teachers, especially English teachers, but also proved
useful for non-teaching web novices.


First published in Proceedings of the Eighteenth Conference on English Teaching and Learning in the Republic of China Taipei, Taiwan, 2001




TITLE: Language Teaching Research: In the Literature, but not always in the Classroom

TYPE: Descriptive Research

FIELD: Second Language Acquisition

OVERVIEW: Article looks at linguistic research done in four areas, and questions why
the research hasn't been practically applied to
classroom methodology. An oft-cited article.


First published in Journal of Language and Linguistics, Northumberland, UK., 2002




TITLE: Teaching Useable Language

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Language Teaching

OVERVIEW: Article details a practical approach to teaching functional language,
geared to real-world use. Includes a brief scenario
and a sample simulation.


First published in Developing Teachers, London, 2002




TITLE: Common Behavior Traits of Highly Successful People

TYPE: General Interest Article

FIELD: Self Help, Self Improvement

OVERVIEW: Article details common behavor traits that often determine success or failure in life.


First published as A Brief Analysis of Failure on Schackne Online Macau SAR, China, Sanford, NC, later re-published in
Biz-Whiz.Com by permission, 2003





TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Politics, Education

OVERVIEW: Two op/ed pieces. One, It's Not About Education Anymore, argues that
political correctness in education is distracting us from
more important reform concerns; the other,
Adjunct Nation, briefly describes
the plight of p/t teachers.


First published in Ed Tracker Ezine Xiamen, China, Sanford, NC 2003




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Politics

OVERVIEW: The op/ed piece, Illogic 101, argues that knee-jerk anti-Americanism is illogical and often distracts
America's critics from addressing more important global issues.


First published on Schackne Online Xiamen, China, Sanford, NC 2003




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Education

OVERVIEW: The op/ed piece, The Politics of Language, argues that ESL institutes have become revenue
generators, often at the expense of overseas students.


First published on Ed Tracker Ezine Xiamen, China, Sanford, NC 2003




TITLE: The Common Sense Approach to Treating Errors in L2 Learners

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Language Teaching

OVERVIEW: The article describes a 6-step approach in treating learner errors.
which is practical, non-intrusive, and easy to implement.

Includes examples.

First published on Developing Teachers London, 2004




TITLE: The Common Sense Approach: How One Teacher Organized a Speaking Course for 200 Chinese Graduate Students

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: EFL Language Teaching

OVERVIEW: The article traces how one teacher developed an effective, interesting, and
pedagogically/linguistically sound EFL course from scratch.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2004




TITLE: The Common Sense Approach: Grades and ESL

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: ESL, Grading

OVERVIEW: The brief article argues for the elimination of numerical grades in language skill courses,
claiming them as both misleading and unproductive.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2005




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Sociology/Human Behavior

OVERVIEW: The op/ed piece, Blessed, describes the difference in human attitudes
between 19th century and present-day Americans,
and posits some reasons for the stark contrast.


First published on Schackne Online Macau SAR, China, Sanford, NC, 2006




TITLE: The Common Sense Approach: Liberate Your ESL Students, Lead Them Out of the Classroom

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Curriculum Development

OVERVIEW: The article argues for reduced student-teacher contact as the student moves
through a program, citing nature as a model for the transition from
structured to independent learning. Sample curriculum included.


First published in TEFLAsia Magazine Bangkok, 2006




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Economics/Politics

OVERVIEW: The op/ed piece, Why Isn't Globalization Working?, discusses the unintended
consequences of globalization and why it's creating a political backlash .


First published on Schackne Online Macau SAR, China, Sanford, NC 2006




TITLE: The Common Sense Approach: Advanced EFL

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Curriculum Development

OVERVIEW: The article touches on the difficulties in teaching advanced EFL students, and offers
an interesting and novel approach. Examples and sample modules included.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2006




TITLE: The Common Sense Approach: The Flexible Syllabus--Balancing Time and Content

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Curriculum Development

OVERVIEW: The article takes a look at the sometimes competing priorities of time and
content in the classroom


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2006




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Economics

OVERVIEW: The article, Zimbabwe For Millionaires: Macau and the Unintended Consequences of Rapid Development
takes a look at some of the challenges facing Macau as it develops into a major
gaming/resort destination.


First published on Schackne Online Macau SAR, China, Sanford, NC, 2006, later linked to Bix Beiderbecke's Macau by permission, 2006




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Education

OVERVIEW: The op/ed piece, Teaching Isn't A Profession In America, argues that teaching
in the United States does not conform to professional guidelines.


First published on Ed Tracker Ezine Macau SAR, China 2006




TITLE: Leveling Your Students: The Common Sense Approach

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Curriculum Development

OVERVIEW: The article looks at why expensive standardized instruments and time-consuming
institutional placement tests are no longer practical for sectioning EFL students.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2007




TITLE: A Common Sense Approach: Vocabulary Building

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Curriculum Development

OVERVIEW: The article looks at some traditional approaches to acquiring vocabulary,
explains why these are often not successful, and offers a more effective alternative,
based on the research.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2007




TITLE: The Good Teacher

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Teaching

OVERVIEW: The article looks at practical and personal approaches
which enhance success in the classroom.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2008




TITLE: The First Fifteen Minutes

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Teaching

OVERVIEW: The article looks at natural approaches
which help engage and stimulate students
at the beginning of a class.


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2008




TITLE: From Where We Sit

TYPE: Op/Ed

FIELD: Sociology/Human Behavior

OVERVIEW: The op/ed piece, In the Absence of Decency, comments on the recent
financial turmoil in the markets, emphasizing the moral,
not the economic implications.


First published on Schackne Online Macau SAR, China, Sanford, NC, 2008




TITLE: The Direct Method

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Teaching

OVERVIEW: The article looks at the direct method of the question-answer paradigm,
and the benefits it has in a classroom


First published on Developing Teachers London, 2009




TITLE: Critical Thinking—What the Mainstream Classroom Can Learn from the ESL Classroom

TYPE: Education Article

FIELD: Teaching

OVERVIEW: The article looks at critical thinking in the ESL classroom,
and how it could benefit the mainstream classroom.


First published on Developing Teachers Madrid, 2011