I wonder what further significance the study of gender differences referenced in the article found at http://durandus.com/phaedrus/2008/03/07/gender-differences-in-language/ could have for foreign language teachers. Already, I have observed that by and large male sophomores perform better than freshmen. Most of the reason for this phenomenon I attributed to maturity. With this study, I have a lot more to think about when planning lessons and especially assessment.
It is not surprising to learn that gender differences in language may be biological because grown men and women have different communication styles, which sometimes cause big problems. I found this chart
A quick google search will bring up tons of links that contain theories and notions about the variations in the way that women and men express themselves. As stated in phaedrus, “This could be the missing piece of the pie and the implications could be far reaching.” We may be able to disprove the old hypothesis (j/k) that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.