The Book of 25 Celebrates 15,000 Downloads & Co-Authorship of learning material.
At the beginning of this project and to prove in parts several aspects of the THE BOOK Of 25, we opened up this academic tome as a Free download, mixed up the Videos, moving from Academia to fun and funk. The Book was to be comprehensive in its abilities to merge the past as presented in the historical perspective of language development and move forward to reference current events and language evolution.
The Book of 25 criss-crossed the globe and was downloaded quite surprisingly in the English speaking world. Downloads from the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada were in the 80% of all downloads. Next up was Europe, India, Pakistan, Africa, and Asia. Making up the last 20%.
This was surprising as the Book of 25 is a lexical and cognitive approach to learning English language. This approach was only recently accepted, as an ideological concept into the ESL markets and applied into English language classrooms from a high school perspective and on into university. Its usage was limited or segregated into a method of learning more advanced lexicon and its functionality was primarily focused on linguistics rather than average routine study.
An Eclectic Living Book that develops Writing Skills and grammar and lends itself in particular to Student – Centered English language and linguistic language development including English as a Second language. Sample chapters are provided.
It’s a book written to work within any curriculum that requires English language, without the need to fully study, each chapter or lesson. Parts of chapters can be adapted as per the students’ ability. All chapters can be studied in parts, due to the learners’ levels. Its ease of function allows it to be used in High School, Middle School and onto University. Student ages and levels are addressed by the practical functionality of each Chapter and Story. So press on with your study of English language development. The book is designed to be written with your notes and stories within the book. The Book of 25, acts as a WORK BOOK and a language reference guide. It highlights many of the grammatical issues that ESL learners and all students will encounter, with a focus on a Lexical Approach. I refer to writing as a Co- creative; venture as we are all influenced by each other through all communication mediums. Writing is an act of Co-Creation and a lexical approach uses vocabulary to teach vocabulary and to assist in the understanding of language drifts and the creation of blended languages, such as the creoles, Spanglish,Tringlish, Manglish and Konglish. And it also may well create true cognates versus false cognates in language development. The Book of 25 introduces Language Harmonics as a progressive field of research.
The book of 25 was developed over 10 years of teaching and studying how ESL/EFL students learnt English and that segued into Language Drift and what was once the classical approach to studying language through grammar based rules. I observed students in Korea, Japan, Oman, Taiwan, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Malaysia. As well as, students, from Trinidad, Iran and Pakistan. I had to address their learning curve and take apart their Canadian curriculums to redesign it into lexical chunks to foster their academic development. The Book of 25 grew from my exposure of all the academic material that the learners experienced. As I wrote each chapter, I addressed the quantitative experience of many learners. I have review sections written in most chapters, to keep an old school application and added the Lexical tables and the process of chunking to start the learner, as early as possible to cognitively establish what the brain was formatting. Language was naturally learned in clumps and lexicon built on lexicon and the rules were applied to make structure. A lexical approach teaches that such structure is inherent once you have the vocabulary.
Every chapter has a review portion that seems informal. And as soon as the learner is seduced with its familiar ease, the lexical structure is emphasised and the journey into academic literacy is accelerated. The Book of 25 is a writing work- book, a reference book, your personal dictionary for your increasing vocabulary and a guide to expanded academic literacy. For the ESL / EFL and native Learner it identifies language drift and a lexical approach being used to either learn words in clumps or the creation of new words that clump English into a hybrid language that combines English with other languages. I reference Trinidad, as Tringlish, Korea through Konglish, Malysian through Manglish and Pakistani English through P.E. Many bi directional languages such as Arabic are influenced through its own understanding of lexis.
Each chapter can be used to augment any curriculum, as it teaches Literacy through the joint motto’s of Read-Think-Write and WRITER’S WRITE. The book has a high visual appeal and seduces the learner into reading, thinking and writing. It was deemed by academic colleagues as an essential learning tool. The Book of 25 is being sold as an E-Book. It’s available on Flash Drive, upholding the Green concepts that exist circa 2015. A Living Book that can be updated as per the Institution’s or Ministry of Education’s directives. Students can download specific chapters or parts thereof, reducing costs and keeping a green environment.
The Book of 25, explores writing as a major theme in literacy. Hangul is related to Hebrew as an example of complex-text languages, which are also bidirectional languages. This relationship can be explored through language shifts and harmonic codes. Is it a case of false cognates, where the relationship between the languages is based on spatial orientation, or does the high number of false cognates prove to illustrate, that the two languages are more similar than dissimilar? If the case of false cognates is proved accurate, is English then, as a second language increasing the amount of false cognates in the populations that use it as a second language and is that an example of linguistic harmonic coding or language shift or both/
The Issue of Co-authorship is explored. We at this time are co-authors in this common expression of life with writing being a complex mix of culture, idiosyncratic life experiences and the extraordinary influence of social media.
The amount of language development sites that claim ownership over the teaching of language development and act in an old school proprietorial manner is so out of touch with any students learning ability. Long gone are the rules based learning and education is poised to be forever changed. In fact De-schooling is actively explored in the UK and America, with more Avant-garde or progressive methods such as the book of 25, leading the way.
That interaction with Social Media led to the books success as a green download and ensured that 100 % of the material was in easy access of all students. The metrics indicated that 90% of “the downloads” took place on devices such as i-phones and tablets.
I had pitched the Book in Korea, Japan, Oman, Dubai and in Kuwait as a book that could travel with the students and be incorporated into their daily lives. Homework or assignments could be easily accessed by their personal devices.
And by all means – you can access my Facebook account and post to it as you will. I was shocked by the controls other facilitators have had in restrictions as they do not own or create the language, nor its rules and therefore limit the learners. All the categories are now so old a paradigm that it’s sad that the past is an educational mire.
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