May 2018 archive

May 27

Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language by Anne Trafton

Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office A great deal of evidence suggests that it is more difficult to learn a new language as an adult than as a child, which has led scientists to …

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May 27

How to Prepare ESL Students for Getting & Giving Directions

Getting lost in a foreign city is always a frustrating situation. However, it can be even more frustrating when a person cannot help someone who is lost because they just cannot explain the directions in a language that is foreign for them. Your students won’t ever have to worry about that in English speaking countries. …

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May 27

HOW CAN YOU IGNITE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS’ PASSION TO READ & LEARN ?

Hanh Bui, 5th grade teacher at Aeolian Elementary School Instilling a passion for learning is one of the greatest gifts we can give our students. I strongly believe that this goes hand in hand with developing a strong passion for reading. This is by far one of my most rewarding, and difficult, tasks we face …

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May 24

Why Learning This Overlooked Skill Will Make You a Stronger Professional by Paul Petrone

Each of us go through struggles each day, big and small: unwarranted criticisms, impossible deadlines, personal misfortune. The more resilience you have, the less those struggles will affect you and ultimately the stronger career – and life – you’ll build. And yet, when’s the last time you’ve consciously worked to build your resilience level? Facebook …

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May 16

COMIC BOOKS AND ELEARNING: EXAMPLES AND RESOURCES by Jeffrey Dalto

Comic books, the movies that they spawned, and graphic novels are a massive part of the American cultural scene these days. For example, adults now freely admit to reading comic books. It’s no longer a dirty secret people hide. Do you read them? I do, and have since I was a kid. We’ve seen serious …

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May 12

How New Technologies Are Changing Language Learning, For Better And Worse

AI, AR and VR are increasingly hot topics in the language learning space — with new tools and technologies being touted as silver bullets that will fundamentally change the way we learn. Numerous on-demand apps and free tools have made language learning accessible to everyone: Duolingo is a prime example, busuu’s Alexa bot is making …

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May 12

Just how effective are language learning apps?

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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May 12

You’re never too old to become fluent in a foreign language

A new study on second language learning has recently taken the media by storm. A range of headlines – from the BBC to the Daily Mail and The Guardian – all trumpeted the depressing message that it’s impossible to become fluent in a foreign language after around age ten. All of these reports dramatically misrepresented …

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May 12

Millennials have created a form of written English that’s as expressive as spoken English !

The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™. That’s because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of written English unique to social media. A rulebook which states that deliberately misspelled words and misused grammar can convey tone, nuance, humour, and even annoyance. Dr Lauren Fonteyn, English Linguistics lecturer …

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May 03

The Handbook of Language Socialization

Alessandro Duranti (Editor), Elinor Ochs (Editor), Bambi B. Schieffelin (Editor) Documenting how in the course of acquiring language children become speakers and members of communities, The Handbook of Language Socialization is a unique reference work for an emerging and fast-moving field. Spans the fields of anthropology, education, applied linguistics, and human development Includes the latest …

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