Author: Ben McMurry

  • Listening to Hi-Res Apple Lossless on the Cheap

    I’m no audiophile. I can’t always tell the difference between compressed and lossless files.  However, I love listening to lossless audio. I feel like I’m getting everything the artists intended for me to hear. It doesn’t matter if my ears can’t always hear the difference. You can test your ears here. I’ve enjoyed Apple Music […]

  • Hello world!

    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

  • A Langauge Learning Framework

    As a linguist, language learner, and language teacher I am often asked questions similar to the following: So how do you actually learn a language? What can I do to learn a language more easily? How can I learn a language more quickly? What’s the trick to learning a new language? In your experience, what […]

  • How do I teach Listening?

    I gave a presentation at the annual I-TESOL conference yesterday. The topic was on how to teach listening. I’ve linked my presentation and handouts below. More to come later . . . How do I teach listening? PowerPoint Listening Strategies

  • Waterfall Lesson Planning

    [Adapted from a post I made on another blog a few years ago.] I often have the opportunity to sit on a panel of experienced teachers [1].  Being on panels like this where novice teachers [2] ask questions about teaching is always an enlightening experience. It makes me reflect a lot on my past teaching […]

  • First Day with the New Commuter Bike

    In case you were unaware, I sold my trike to buy a commuter bike . . . . and so far I love it! Today was the first day of commuting by bike. I have always wanted to be bike commuter, but the trike just wasn’t doing it for me. It’s so hard to store […]

  • Standing Desk

    I’ve read all about standing desks. I like them. I’m never going to be a full-time stander though. I like to stand and work on days that I don’t stand in front of a classroom all day. But, after 4 hours of teaching, I prefer to sit. I’d seen this great Ikea hack a while […]

  • Using Siri in the Classroom

    This isn’t really a post about how to use Siri in the classroom. Well, it could be. This semester I have a deaf student in my class. He’s fluent in Russian, Uzbek, American Sign Language, and Russian Sign Language. He’s here to learn English. Communication with him involves an interpreter or a series of notes […]

  • Why do interfaces always change?

    It’s been a long time since I have written anything. I logged into the new blogger today with it’s new interface. I upgraded to Lion with it’s newer interface. Why do people always change the interface? Why are there so many themes, skins, or whatever you call them? I think I might have an answer. […]

  • Dana Ferris at BYU

    The Linguistics and English Language Department at BYU is sponsoring a lecture series on second language literacy. Today, Dana Ferris was the speaker. It was great to here her speak. She is a very intelligent person with a clear perception of the field. She provided some very helpful insights about teaching. She listed 10 things […]