Jul 22

Learner training with young learners

Learner training is about developing students’ awareness of how they learn. It aims to develop students’ learning strategies with the intention of making learners more effective and independent. Author: Lynn Gallacher, British Council, Spain Learner training can be started with students as young as 5 years old! The article that follows contains learner training activities …

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Jul 22

Now students are expected to study a language until age 16, the work to rebuild begins – Olga Gomez-Cash

The government’s decision that all pupils will now have to study a language GCSE as part of the English Baccalureate (EBacc) could be the moment when languages are restored to their rightful esteem in England – but there is still work to be done to ensure that. For those who have fought to promote languages …

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Jul 22

We need to fall back in love with learning languages – Dawn Marley

The drop in applications to European language programmes at UK universities will not have come as a great shock to anybody teaching languages. For at least the past 15 years, the number of students applying for modern language degrees has been in decline. More than [a third of UK universities](http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/07/european-language-degree-courses-abandoned-universities](http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/07/european-language-degree-courses-abandoned-universities) have given up teaching European …

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Jul 22

How to improve children’s language awareness at primary school 4 septembre 2017, 12:25 CEST Making language lessons count. via shutterstock.com by Karen Roehr-Brackin Senior Lecturer & Angela Tellier

Young children have a lot to fit into each school day. So making the best use of the little time allocated to learning a foreign language is paramount. In England, state primary schools have been required to offer children aged seven to 11 a foreign language since 2014. This seems to chime with the common …

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Jul 22

Intense after-school tutoring holds many lessons – for learners and teachers

Pre-service teachers must spend a few months working in schools to practice their craft and learn from qualified educators. This is an important part of their training, but it doesn’t allow pre-service teachers to work for an extended period with the same group of learners. The absence of such a sustained, intense interaction deprives pre-service …

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Jul 22

How smartphone apps are revolutionising language learning – Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

When the iPhone launched in 2007, few could have predicted the impact it would have on education. One of the most powerful developments in education has been the arrival of language learning apps. Regardless of which device you use, one of the main drivers in the mobile learning revolution is the sheer number of apps …

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Jul 22

Just how effective are language learning apps? Mike Groves

Around 70 million people – including Bill Gates – have signed up for the language learning app Duolingo. The app has received plenty of media attention, and its creators claim that it can help anyone with a smart phone learn a new language. The app is free, and promises all kinds of cutting edge features, …

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Jul 22

Now or later: when should children learn English? Novi Rahayu Restuningrum

It is important to encourage children to learn English as long as they already master their mother tongue. www.shutterstock.com Novi Rahayu Restuningrum secured a funding from the Indonesian government through DIKTI program to continue her PhD from 2011 to 2015 at Monash University, Australia. The use of English in everyday life is on the rise …

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Jul 22

Learning to speak English? Making yourself understood isn’t all about the accent – Talia Isaacs

Senior Lecturer in Education; Director of the Second Language Speech Lab, University of Bristol Talia Isaacs received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (with co-author Pavel Trofimovich) and the European Commission (Marie Curie Career Integration Grant) to support this study. Kazuya Saito received Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research funding in Japan. …

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Jul 22

Is it a case of ‘the younger, the better’ for children learning a new language? Florence Myles

Florence Myles received funding from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Funding Council) for the study ‘Learning French from ages 5, 7 and 11: an investigation into starting ages, rates and routes of learning amongst early foreign language learners’ (ESRC RES-062-23-1545). As primary school children bound through the first weeks of their summer holidays, perhaps …

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