About Howard

       
Howard Gunn is a retired advanced skills professional Q.T.S.teacher, who possesses a higher educational (Teaching) degree. He also possess a higher degree in Certificate in Continuing Professional Development. He is an authority on formative learning. He is a generalist who has a cross curricula perspective on learning, who has teaching subject specialism in maths, music, science and history.

        Howard has qualifications in curriculum development, readability and the presentation of teaching materials, child development and psychology, and educational research methodology. He has undertaking classroom based research at initial and higher degree.
   
        Howard has undertaken accredited initial and post graduate research at initial and post graduate classroom based research.

         Howard has a higher degree diploma in the teaching of all the primary school subjects. He is Q.T.S. qualified to teach maths, languages and Welsh.

        Howard has done some part-time work teaching adult learners with learning difficulties.

      Howard in his retirement has researched second language acquisition, language cognition and working memory. He has written six privately published researched books.  A seventh is being written.

     Howard improved his Welsh language in his retirement. The
experience provided with a fascinating interesting experience of learning a basic skill. It enabled to view learning from the learners perspective.

  Howard remains a member of his professional association, the NAS/UWT.

      Evidence of Howard's qualifications are deposited with third parties

Howard's Publications

       This researched book discusses the teaching and learning of second languages in general. It is the first book written by an educationalist that directly addresses the issue of learning Welsh.

       The book addresses the general principles of learning; problem solving; metacognition; developing positive learning attitudes; developing vocabulary and grammar; developing fluency; and how to teach. 240p


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        Effective teaching and learning is increasingly being based upon scientific principles. This book provides a basic overview of what is now known about learning and how it can be applied in the teaching and learning of second languages, including English as second language and foreign languages. It will relate what is discussed to the authors’ experience of learning the Welsh language as a mature student. The issues that are considered and discussed will include:-

  • the basic learning principles, including multi-sensory learning;

  • how to develop successful independent learning through problem solving;   

  • how to learn vocabulary and grammar more effectively;
  • how to develop language fluency in accelerated timescales;
  • the learning difficulties that will be encountered in language learning and pragmatic methods of addressing them;
  • a basic introduction to how to teach a second language.

The book is intended to provide teachers and students with an understanding of how to establish effective learning approaches that can be tailored to suit learners individuals’ learning needs. A useful reading list is provided for readers so that they will be able to investigate the issues that have been discussed in more detail.

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       This researched book discusses the teaching and learning of second languages in general. It discuss memory, working memory and language cognition.

       The book also considers the working memory relationship between language, music and mathematics. 240p


 Book Forward

          Effective teaching and learning is increasingly being based upon scientific principles. This book provides a basic overview of what is now known about learning and how it can be applied in the teaching and learning of second languages, including English as second language and foreign languages. It will relate what is discussed to the authors’ experience of learning the Welsh language as a mature student. The issues that are considered and discussed will include:-

  • the most recent basic teaching and learning principles, 

  • the principles of cognition and memory in relation to language learning;
  • the major issues in second language teaching and learning;
  • assessment of second language learning.
  • children’s second language learning;
  • adult’s second language learning ;

  •         This book is intended to provide teachers and students with a more advanced  understanding of how to establish effective learning approaches. A useful reading list will be provided for readers so that they will be able to investigate the issues that have been discussed in more detail.

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  •      This researched book discusses the applied learning implications of Developing a New Perspective. It considers language learning, second language learning, music and mathmatical learning. 240p

          Effective teaching and learning is increasingly being based upon scientific principles. This book is developed from “Developing a New Perspective on First and Second Language Teaching and Learning” (2016). It is intended to consider what was researched and discussed.

     

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                It has been written from an applied cross curricula perspective. It reviews the trends in education throughout the world.


           The issues that are considered and discussed will include :-

    •   the most recent basic teaching and learning principles, and the principles of cognition and memory in relation to language learning

    • Improving applied musical educationimproving applied first and second language teaching and learning;

    •   a review of the role of technical terms;

    •  a review of the role of Welsh Language in Wales on Children’s Education.

        This book is intended to provide teachers and students with a more advanced understanding of how to establish effective learning approaches. A useful reading list is provided for readers so that they will be able to investigate the issues that have been discussed in more detail.                                                            

          The principle conclusion is that learning must be a process of cognitive growth and maturation, where the process must be dedicated to foster children’s individual learning potential is not equal.                                                                                                      


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             The first book was distributed to certain educational institutions and professional teaching language authorities in the United Kingdom.

             The second and third are subject to private distribution to suitably qualified educationalist and educational institutions. Kirsch (2005) that there was not a clear accepted notion of how to learn a second language effectively. These books offer pragmatic answers to that question.
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         It has been claimed that planet earth will become so hot by 3700 human beings will not be able to live on it. It is reasonable to conclude that the school standards war that has such a long history will have ended by then. Many political reforms have failed to change standards.

           The English, Westminster’s’ government ‘knee jerk’ reactions to their Pisa rankings, estimated scores, had no impact on their 2015 results. Few people understand, let alone, know what lies behind the Pisa assessments and statistics.

    The issues that are considered and discussed in this book will include a review of :-

    • the high attainment of Far East countries;
    • the absurdity of the Pisa ranking and the unreliability of their estimated average scores;
    • the O.E.C.D. Manaul;
    • how the results are calculated and how they should be interpreted;
    • an evaluation of the type of questions asked;
    • an evaluation of the 2015 Pisa resuts.

    This book seriously question the validity of the Pisa international assessments, which is popularly viewed as the educational equivalent of the world cup, the gold standard approval of educational systems.

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              The future of the living Welsh Language has been described as being in crisis. This book contains researched papers that considers the future of the Welsh language, Welsh for Adult tutoring and the contentious proposal that all children in Wales should learn be taught through the medium of Welsh. There remains a lack of researched literature on these issues.

    The issues that are considered and discussed will include:-

    • the use of over traditional rote teaching methods in Welsh for adult tutoring;
    • the fundamental problems with the Welsh language that makes it difficult to learn and threatens its future;
    • the difficulty of achieving Welsh Language fluency;
    • the crisis with Irish Gaelic;
    • whether requiring all children to learn through the medium of Welsh;
    • whether the proposals to create a million Welsh speakers in Wales by 2050 can be achieved.

    This book is intended to provide teachers and the public with an indication of what are the key issues that lie under the cloud of emotion and political rhetoric that relates to Welsh leaning. This book draws up the three research books that the author has written that investigate second language learning and the cognitive science of learning. 

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            These books have been written from a cognitive learning perspective and they have the potential to address many of the problems Welsh learners confront.

            Howard wrote the books when he was improving his Welsh as an adult. He developed them from his learning notes and his unique experience of learning a basic skill. He gained an appreciation of how hard it is to learn a second language and the difficulties they experience in learning Welsh.
              The books should help them retain the language they learn during holidays and for all those learners, who had tried to learn Welsh and failed to learn it.
             He rote them for adult learners learning Welsh, especially for the thousands of native speakers in Wales who have attempted to learn Welsh and failed.  He can understand Welsh, but he cannot speak it. He published initial book in 2011, but there has been no interest in his work. 
              Howard has no interest in politics. His interest is only learners interests.  He has not current interest in making them available for Welsh learners, because of the response to his work, including personal abuse and Welsh tutors claiming to be world authorities on language learning.

          These book can be valuable for second language teachers because they gain a insight how to learn through an unfamiliar languages. Howard will be approaching authorities to translate them into other languages.




            This book was written for the Welsh Language that was developed from Howard's work, and it has value for second language teachers who have interest in basically experience how to learn a new unfamiliar language.