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Want to Learn French? Italian? Russian? There’s No Time Like the Present. It’s a classic travel fantasy: flying to another country to learn a language through a combination of classes and swanning around, ordering meals at sidewalk cafes, shopping at street markets, slipping into darkened theaters.

Want to Learn French? Italian? Russian? There’s No Time Like the Present

Yet with much of the world under stay-at-home orders, that dream may seem more distant than ever. But it’s not entirely. After all, it’s never been easier or more affordable to get help learning a language. And while you may be doing so from your living room, you can still dive in and meet native speakers. Even better, many first-rate language tools are free, or at the very least won’t break the bank. When it comes to choosing a language app, your perseverance may be more important than the app itself. Babbel. CoffeeBreak. Duolingo. Memrise.


Tech Tools. Standards. Assessments. Vocabulary Activities. Comprehensible Input. Speaking Activities. Culture. On the Ground Imagery. Global Competence. Seal of Biliteracy. What's the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results. People often assume that children learn new languages easily and without effort, regardless of the situation they find themselves in.

What's the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results

(21) Harnessing High-leverage Teaching Practices for Project-based Language Learning: Webinar 1. 5 Ways to Support Struggling Students in World Language Classes. It is unsurprising that students who face academic challenges may feel overwhelmed in world language classrooms, which require all learners to leave their comfort zones and embrace something new.

5 Ways to Support Struggling Students in World Language Classes

Those who grapple with processing issues or memory weaknesses require additional assistance in order to successfully acquire a new language. However, this additional assistance should not mean resorting to English—it is possible to maintain the target language while meeting all students’ needs. As the Virginia Department of Education outlines in the informative guide Supporting World Language Learning for Students With Disabilities, it is critical to note that “students who underperform in a classroom often experience challenges handling information at one of three stages of the process—perception, processing, expression—or any combination of the three” (p. 17; I’ll refer to this guide several times below, providing page numbers for ease of reference since it’s 91 pages long). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Vista Higher Learning Webinars. Welcome to the Vista Higher Learning Professional Development Archive page.

Vista Higher Learning Webinars

Here you can access all of our monthly professional development webinars, created specifically for world language educators like you. Enjoy anytime! Webinars: Interpretive Mode: Increasing Critical Reading SkillsPresented by Linda Zins-Adams Understand how to use and adapt authentic materials in all levels of instruction, while analyzing question types that encourage students to go beyond the text and apply a higher-level of thinking.

Bridging America’s Language Gap: A Call to Action - American Academy of Arts & Sciences. What Makes Materials Authentic? PART 1. We all recognize the value of integrating authentic materials into the classroom.

What Makes Materials Authentic? PART 1

They can and should form the backbone of our curriculum for teaching Chinese language, making the language real by bridging the gap between the sheltered environment of the classroom and language as it's used "in the wild. " One of the most enjoyable parts of teaching for me is searching out these materials and figuring out how to use them effectively in the classroom.

To give a few examples, this past week, Chinese III students started reading a recent news article entitled "An iPhone 6 That Was Purchased in the Morning Was Stolen in the Afternoon" (上午买的 iPhone6下午就被偷了, Shàngwǔ mǎi de iPhone6 xiàwǔ jiù bèi tōule). This article, about a store owner whose iPhone 6 was stolen by two men posing as customers, introduces students to the passive voice particle 被 bèi).

In addition to working with these types of authentic materials, I have also begun writing children's stories and using them with my students. We teach langauges – a podcast about language teaching from the diverse perspectives of real teachers. Website for the book FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR EVERYONE — Free Resources. SLA Blog — Engaging World Language Students Through Social Media - Global Learning. National Capital Language Resource Center.

Science of Learning Videos - Josh's Site. > <link href=" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" /> <link href=" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" /> <l. LinguaFolio® is a learner-directed portfolio assessment instrument designed to support individuals in setting and achieving their goals for learning languages.

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LinguaFolio® National Fact Sheet LinguaFolio® has three components: Passport: formal qualifications, certificates or diplomas, and achievements are recorded in this section, along with a summary of self-assessments that describe competency with different languages.Biography: information about a learner’s language background, intercultural activities, and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do self-assessment statements are stored in this section.Dossier: samples of a learner’s work in this section document progress over time.

Resource: Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices. 1.

Resource: Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices

Introduction to the Library This program provides an overview of the entire library, with suggestions for use in professional development settings. Go to this unit. 2. Standards and the Five Cs An introduction to and illustration of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, this program shows how teachers can use the standards to help their students advance in foreign language proficiency. (60 minutes) Go to this unit. 3. 4.

The Growing Participator Approach (GPA): A Brief State of the Art and Some Practical Illustrations. The Growing Participator Approach (GPA): A Brief State of the Art and Some Practical Illustrations by Greg Thomson March 2012 More and more in our international travels we’re encountering people who begin to describe to us a “new language learning method” that they have either observed or heard about.

The Growing Participator Approach (GPA): A Brief State of the Art and Some Practical Illustrations

They are surprised when we say, “That’s us!” At the outset, we need to make some distinctions. Approach, (“a set of … assumptions dealing with the nature of language and the nature of language teaching and learning”)Method, (“an overall plan for the orderly presentation of language material, …based upon the selected approach”) andTechnique (what actually “takes place in the classroom”). 林慧萍 Monique Lin  - 情難枕 (官方完整版MV) Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom. Do you ever feel stuck in a rut while planning your language classes?

Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

Perhaps you spend a lot of time lecturing at the white board, use the same activities with different vocabulary for every unit, or rely on teaching students grammar because that's how you were taught. No matter your "go to" activity, we are all much more engaging when we vary our activities and make them relatable. If the speaker is engaging, a good lecture every now and then is enjoyable. However, when faced with daily lectures, students dread class, and hence, learn less. Movies and Listening Comprehension in FOCAL SKILLS Programs. Clinging to the face of a cliff, Indiana Jones watches as crocodiles devour his enemies in the river far below.

Movies and Listening Comprehension in FOCAL SKILLS Programs

Westley kisses Buttercup after rescuing her from the evil Prince Humperdinck. Kevin whoops in glee as the Wet Bandits are hauled off to jail. And a dozen or so ESL students gasp, sigh, laugh, and acquire English. Teachers in IEPs using the FOCAL SKILLS approach have developed a specialized movie technique for accelerating the growth of students' listening comprehension.

The FOCAL SKILLS Approach to Language Education. Effective WL Instructors… VAULTT - Video Assistance for Understanding Language Teaching Techniques. Yabla - Language Immersion - Learn Languages with Authentic Videos. The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning. The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) Anex2011 spring chen. Here Are Some Examples Of Using “Concept Attainment” In Writing Instruction. I’ve written and shared on this blog and in my books about the inductive learning method called concept attainment. Basically, teachers placed examples, typically (though not always) from unnamed student work, under the categories of “Yes” and “No.” The class then constructs their own understanding of why the examples are in their categories. It’s a great tool for many lessons, and I like it especially for grammar and other writing.

You can read more about it at The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching. My exceptional colleague Lara Hoekstra has developed concept attainment charts she looks to model quick-writes for an immigration unit we teach. Here’s Lara’s chart. 1. 2. 3. I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction. China Learning Initiatives. Yin Yu Tang, A Chinese Home.

Proficiency Rubrics

Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Culture. Welcome! I'm Tom Garza, an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and the Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Besides coordinating the program in Russian here at UT, my research interests are primarily focused on incorporating culture and cultural information into language teaching. While the two seem to be inextricably connected, we somehow forget, as teachers, that language without culture is not communication. So, what have the last two decades told us about the cultural quotient in our teaching? First, when the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages introduced the first-ever provisional proficiency guidelines in 1984, they included guidelines for cultural competence.

Center for Applied Second Language Studies: Article: Learning a Language May Come Down to Gestures. From Learning a language may come down to gestures January 9, 2012 Language classes of the future might come with a physical workout because people learn a new tongue more easily when words are accompanied by movement. Manuela Macedonia and Thomas Knoesche at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, enrolled 20 volunteers in a six-day course to learn “Vimmi”, a phony language designed to make study results easier to interpret. Half of the material was taught using only spoken and written instructions and exercises, while the other half was taught with body movements to accompany each word, which the students were asked to act out. Students remembered significantly more of the words taught with movement, and they used them more readily when creating sentences, according to the researchers.

Read the full article at Access the study at. Deeper Learning: Benefits Of Travel And Second Languages (Deeper Learning) Home - Video For All. Foreign Languages on ITV. I Can Statements, Spanish 1 and Foreign languages. TELL Project. Effective WL Instructors… Effective WL Instructors… Every teacher wants to be the best they can be for their students. While there are many attributes that can make a great teacher we can also observe some behaviors and routines that are in a great world language teacher’s classroom. It’s good to be reminded of the actions that make a good foreign language teacher.

A supervisor may use a checklist like these during an observation, you may want to self-assess your own classroom, or if you are really daring, have a student(s) check off on these. Below you will find some rubrics we have found around the web, but first we’d like to highlight some we believe to be most essential.

L2 Vocabulary Building

New Content Creation Guidelines. Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) @ Teachers College. Better Chinese Blog - Tips on How to Teach Chinese. Language Materials Project: Search. Foreign Language Teaching Methods. About the Site. TPRS. Digital Story Telling.