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Why “Coaching”?

Fundamentally, we here at Jackrabbit English want to help you develop a skill that should add to your ability to earn a living. How we do that makes us more like a sports coach or trainer than a classroom teacher. You already have a lot of English vocabulary. You already have the fundamentals of English […]

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Course Design Theory

UNL’s page “Planning Your Course” is a good review for how to set up a new course. First, define your view of the purposes of education. I don’t think there’s one answer here – it depends on the course and, ultimately, the student. But it’s an excellent idea to give this some thought, as the […]

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Course Planning

In preparation for building Jackrabbit English’s online courses, I reviewed course planning ideas from different universities, businesses, and coaching programs. University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s page about course planning was very helpful. The first step is about defining the underlying purpose of the course and a suggestion for how to achieve that: To make the […]

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How Talking Is Like Reading

Language skills are usually broken down into four domains. In order of acquisition, they are: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. When I taught English in school settings, I had to put the cart before the horse and teach reading and writing in English from day one, while students are just beginning to hear for the […]