Last week, one of my Twitter friends asked what he should reply to a student who asked what he needed to do to be as successful at English as his wife. The query made me think of my own classroom experiences and how with a few exceptions, most had been filled with women who excelled at learning English and men who struggled to learn and acquire English.
I posted up a survey on our ELT Professionals LinkedIn group and here are the results. The comments are enlightening and I’d like to highlight and summarize the thoughts of the many much more “expert” than myself on this topic. Why do women succeed more often than men at reaching higher levels of language fluency? Or do they?
What are your thoughts on this issue? Is there an underlying cause to women being better at language or is this just plain wrong? A brain is a brain is a brain? Let us know here or on the LinkedIN group!
I highly recommend this read and debate between Steven Pinker and Elizabeth Spelke dealing with gender differences. Fascinating and Pinker covers a lot of territory.
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