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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Jul 22

Younger is not always better when it comes to learning a second language

Learning a language in a classroom is best for early teenagers. from Warren Midgley Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Southern Queensland Warren Midgley ne travaille pas, ne conseille pas, ne possède pas de parts, ne reçoit pas de fonds d’une organisation qui pourrait tirer profit de cet article, et n’a déclaré aucune autre …

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Jul 19

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken in the World Today

Language evolution is like biological evolution—it happens minutely, generation by generation, so there’s no distinct breaking point between one language and the next language that develops from it. Therefore, it’s impossible to say that one language is really older than any other one; they’re all as old as humanity itself. That said, each of the …

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Jul 04

Operational Excellence is a Mindset! by Bryan Brulotte

The concept of operational excellence effectively started in the manufacturing industry with concepts like Lean and Six Sigma and the Toyota Production System. A challenge is that we have become so heavily reliant upon these methodologies that we sometimes forget to use good judgment and common sense. Operational excellence is a mindset, not a methodology. …

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Jul 04

A few discussion activities for English language students By Tekhnologic

What discussion activities work in class? Tekhnologic, winner of the British Council’s TeachingEnglish blog award, shares a few ideas in one of our top five articles of all time, illustrated by artist Jamie Johnson. A discussion can bring out your students’ interests and motivate them; it’s a chance for them to talk about the things …

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Jul 03

The Role of Self-Esteem in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching Authors: Habrat, Agnieszka

This book demonstrates how foreign language self-esteem (FLSE) affects foreign language (L2) learning and teaching, and how it fluctuates with growing proficiency. Further, it explains the interaction between FLSE and a range of factors of recognized importance in second language acquisition (SLA). The theoretical part of the book presents the main pillars of self-esteem as …

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Jul 03

Challenges of Second and Foreign Language Education in a Globalized World

Studies in Honor of Krystyna Droździał-Szelest Editors: Pawlak, Mirosław, Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Anna (Eds.) This edited collection brings together papers by eminent scholars who attempt to demonstrate how challenges can most successfully be ameliorated with an eye to enhancing the effectiveness of the processes of language teaching and learning. In Part One, emphasis is placed on challenges …

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Jun 30

Ice breakers – a crowd-sourced list by Jenni Field

Last week I took to Twitter and The IC Crowd to ask for ideas for ice breakers for around 12 people. Thanks to the lovely people out there for all their ideas – I thought I’d compile them here for anyone else asking the same question! Company Speed Dating Split your group into Group A …

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Jun 24

Improving Your English Speaking Skills

You have heard us say this before. In your journey to improve your English, focus on developing your skills in all aspects of the language – Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing (LSRW). We have talked about focused listening practice as a way to help develop your ear for the English language and gradually increase your …

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Jun 24

How many words do you need to speak a language? By Beth Sagar-Fenton & Lizzy McNeill

Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue? That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4’s More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, they …

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