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Mission Statement

        This website is intend to offer open and honest professional advice, including learning advice, and to inform, discuss educational issues,  with supporting references.

        Free papers written by Howard and reference to other free papers and website links will be provided. This website also intends to educate the public and media about 'fake news' educational claims and nuero-myths.  

This website is also related to ,  "" campaign. Citations will be made with supporting documentary evidence about dubious claims made in the media

      This is a private website. Every effort has been made to make this website as accurate as possible. There are papers and two pdf book available for reading on this website (H.G. Papers). This a professional website aimed at those who understand and speak the language of education. Readers are asked to respect this.  There is a bibliography for references cited on this website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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About Howard

       
Howard Gunn is a retired professional teacher, who possesses a higher educational (Teaching) degree. He also possess a higher degree in Certificate in Continuing Professional Development. He has advanced skills teaching status.  He is an authority on formative learning. He has no political affiliations. He is a generalist who has a cross curricula perspective on learning, who has teaching subject specialism in maths, music, science and history. He is Q.T.S. qualified advanced skills teacher.
 
        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 five privately published book.

 Howard improved his Welsh language in his retirement. He has written a leading edge Welsh language learning methods, which he wrote for Welsh adult learners, but owing the disinterest in his work, the personal abuse and prejudiced that he has received, he no longer has an interest in developing his Welsh language work.  He has a basic understanding of Welsh.

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

       Anyone who wishes to make constructive improvement on the presentations, such the researched papers, are welcome to contact Howard. Most of his research refers to authorities in their fields.

The next pdf is from the Oxford researched Dictionary. It illustrates that only Q.T.S. school and Q.T.L.S. further education teachers are only entitled legally to call themselves teachers, even university academics are tutors, instructors, not teachers. 

Socpie
  

       Professor Graham Donaldson, who independently advised the Welsh Government on its curriculum, warned of the damage political interference can have on children's education. In Wales it is now a legal human right for each child to be given the opportunity reach their full learning potential.

       The words "Save of Children from Political Interference'", which were used by Ann Mortz Editor of the Times Educational Supplement in response to English primary 2016 Sats, raise the bar standards fiasco.

       There remains a political, media and public view that children are inaminate objects that can have learning, education injected into them. However, the learning potential of children is not equal. Their learning potential is not unlimited either and however many hours they devote to their learning, all children will not reach the same level of attainment.
 Learning is something that children or adults can only construct for themselves by responding to appropriate presented learning experiences.

     Socpie will cite anyone making invalid claims without supporting reliable references. There is an intent to develop it into association of people whose sole interested will be children's learning needs.


Welsh Institute of Affairs

       Howard is a member of the Welsh Institute of Affairs, which is ' An independent think tank which is designed to make Wales better'. He will probably contribute to writing papers for them. Welsh readers are invited to raise Welsh arguments presented on this website on their website.

      


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


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 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.

    Contents on pdf (Click)

  •      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.

     

    Book Forward

                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.                                                                                                      


    Contents pdf (Click)


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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.
                   Click on book to have free pdf copy

         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.

    Click book for free pdf copy of the Third Edition


              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. 

    Pdf Book Lies, Damn LIes and Statitics. Pisa International Ranking


       The Pisa book is available as pdf on this website and the former Pisa book is likely to be made available also.


    Welsh Learners Book (Method)


            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.

         

    Teachers Council.pdf