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The benefits of studying a foreign language are immense - Opinion - Mobile Adv. Keith Ivers | Updated As a foreign language teacher, and one who has invested many years in continuing and broadening my own education, it has fallen to me to compose a rationale for the study of foreign languages. In a day when online translators have greatly eased the struggle to read and write most common foreign languages, what are the benefits of investing two years or more of a high school education to learning a foreign language?

And besides, doesn’t everyone speak English, anyway? In response to the first question, I will defer to the expertise of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. Multiple studies undertaken by the ACTFL support the time one invests in studying a foreign language. . • It relates to higher scores on standardized tests. • It contributes to increases in reading skills. • It is related to increased ability to hypothesize in science. • It is related to increased memory skills and problem solving skills. Jeremy Dean writing in PsyBlog adds these: Motivating Language Learners to Succeed. Sevtap Karaoglu points out the significant role that motivation plays in learning and provides suggestions for how to keep language learners motivated in the classroom.

See also Debra W. Hawke's Portal article, "Improving Academic English at Outdoor Nature Centers," Essential Teacher, June 2008. Motivation plays a significant role in the process of learning a language. Language teachers cannot effectively teach a language if they do not understand the relationship between motivation and its effect on language acquisition. The core of motivation is what might be called passion, which relates to a person's intrinsic goals and desires. Learners need quality instruction, input, interaction, and opportunities for meaningful output, not only to make progress, but also to maintain motivation for language learning.

Motivation fluctuates, and it is challenging to keep language learners' motivation at a high level all the time. Create a Friendly Atmosphere in the Classroom. 10 Websites for Foreign Language Learning. 1- Memrise Memrise is an education website that will help you learn languages, history, science, math, geography, arts, and literature. Their methods are scientifically based and their lessons are interactive and fun.

Teachers will be able to use Memrise to help reinforce curriculum and parents will love Memrise because they can use it at home to help their child review and to support their learning. Memrise also allows members to create their own courses. The site offers such a wide variety of courses and lessons and it is free to join. 2- Lingt Classroom Lingt Classroom is a free website that serves as an extension of your classroom. 3- Wordsteps Wordsteps offers a free online dictionary for learning a language. 4- Airpano With Airpano, language students can see 360 degree views of cities and landmarks from all over the globe. 5- Duolingo Duolingo is a site that offers lessons for learners of English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. 7- Language Guide 9- Imendi.

Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again. Life in the Anglobubble | Living la vida loca in the English-speaking world. Spanish for kids - Spanish with Judith. Can you learn Danish by osmosis? 20 September 2013Last updated at 20:22 ET By Emma Thomas Copenhagen "Self-pluck" strawberries, a book shop and boat tours Something all foreign correspondents know about is trying to pick up the local language. Though they may sometimes specialise in one region, generally the job involves moving to a new country every three or four years. When I moved to Copenhagen a year ago, I was already grappling with learning Romanian, a not uncomplicated language and my future husband's native tongue.

Danish would be my third foreign language and I decided to give myself a break and see how much I could pick up in a year without taking any classes or reading any grammar books - just using a simple process of osmosis, the way we all used to hope that by leaving our textbooks under our pillows at night we could absorb their contents effortlessly. The first thing I noticed was the frequency with which the Danes use the word "men" meaning "but". Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End Quote. Moving to the rhythm 'can help language skills' Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests.

People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds. The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly reading. In the Journal of Neuroscience, the authors argue that rhythm is an integral part of language. "We know that moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill not only for music performance but one that has been linked to language skills," said Nina Kraus, of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University in Illinois.

More than 100 teenagers were asked to tap their fingers along to a beat. Next, in order to understand the biological basis of rhythmic ability, the team also measured the brainwaves of their participants with electrodes, a technique called electroencephalography. The brainwaves recorded matched the soundwaves, she said. Not Hemingway's Spain: Spain's Friday the 13th: "Martes y 13..." Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink | OpenLearn - Open University. How we're herded by language | Sarah Bakewell. Here come the old metaphors again – and some new ones, too. In the last few days we have heard Barack Obama flooding the zone so as to urge strikes in Syria, within time windows, but without boots on the ground, because of the crossing of a red line which, back in May, threatened to box in the president, or even turn into a green light for Bashar al-Assad, who himself says that "the Middle East is a powder keg, and today the fuse is getting shorter".

John Kerry calls people who hesitate "armchair isolationists", which suggests useless snoozers by the fireside rather than thoughtful opponents. Meanwhile, the media dubs France "America's poodle". So vivid are British memories of that taunt that the very thought of it may have accelerated the quick decision this time to reject military involvement. Metaphors are powerful. They can herd us to war or hold us back from the brink (these being metaphors too). This is also the reason why talk of military "strikes" is significant. Why languages matter to me: Eddie Izzard, Alastair Campbell and more. Eddie Izzard, stand-up comedian, currently touring his show Force Majeure in a multiplicity of languages across the globe I describe my language ability in percentages of fluency. I'm about 65% fluent in French, 30% fluent in German, about half a percent fluent in Spanish.

I'm already touring my show in French in France, and after that I'll be doing it in Spanish, then Russian, then Arabic. They say if you have French and English you should be speaking Spanish pretty well after a month of deep immersion. If I get stuck with a word or a phrase during a show I ask the audience, "How do you say such and such", and they help out. I don't find languages easy but I have a hunger to learn. When you can speak another language you go from being a person in an adult's body pointing at things like a child to being able to communicate with people like an adult again. Alastair Campbell, communications supremo and former Labour spin doctor; studied French and German at university. Foreign Language Group Speaking Activity : The Group Dynamic. This activity is a great way to get students speaking in pairs or small groups. They make choices about what they will discuss and offer personal opinions. There are no right or wrong answers because they are expressing personal opinions.

I typically project a screen like the the ones below or simply show printed versions of the pictures. Any topic can be used (i.e. movie posters, animals, food items, sports, activities, hobbies, etc.). These are the steps that I follow to conduct the activity: Find others with similar opinionDiscuss opinion in groupBe ready to share group consensusGrade/Points for entire groupRandom person selected to speakPoints taken if target language not used during discussion Like this: Like Loading... NZ language teachers 'need to be confident selecting tech' New Zealand language teachers need to be confident in their ability to selectively use technology, a University of Canterbury (UC) language education expert says.

Changes are under way in the education system. Plans are in place for an education communication highway network with $211 million already committed to deliver a funded package of fast, quality connections with uncapped data to schools. Associate Professor Una Cunningham says that teachers can use technology to enhance and facilitate students’ access to the language they are learning and communicative activities that are in line with current understanding of how languages are best learned. Associate Professor Cunningham, from Sweden, will give a prestige public lecture about digital language teaching on campus next Monday (August 12). Many schools in New Zealand have ample technology available in the classrooms and the increased connectivity and uncapped data will be welcome. 4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary.

The Common Core Standards focus heavily on teaching a rich and varied vocabulary. It is expected that, in addition to teaching vocabulary through a wide reading of literature and informational texts, teachers will implement a rigorous program of vocabulary instruction. Here’s the secret: learning vocabulary is fun! If you vary your practices and strategies, you can engage students and help them develop their inner logophile.

Here are some activities that have been particularly successful with my classes: Nuance Activity This lesson works quite well when introducing new material. I then placed a large sheet of paper at the front and back of the room. Vocabulary Word Panels This is a great activity that I took from a colleague. Inductive Sort For this activity, I print two or more weeks worth of vocabulary words onto 3×5 cards complete with the word, part of speech, and definition. Power Words At the very beginning of the semester, I have my students choose 15-20 power words from SAT lists. 11 Grammar Tips For Teachers And Students. During the school year, my grammar and spelling die slow, painful deaths.

So many mistakes assail me on a daily basis that I am unable to process a correct sentence. I speak in verb tenses that don’t exist in real life. It takes the first month of school to get back into the swing of egregious errors in speech and spelling, and it takes the first month of summer to correct it once again, and execute excellent elocution for the rest of the summer until I’m called back again. I may teach history, but I feel very strongly about grammar, too. The Common Cores increase emphasis on informational writing, but research writing, proposal writing, persuasive writing, web writing, fiction writing, and writing for other situations requires a level of sophistication and fluency that serves students–and adults–at the highest level.

So, it’s grammar time! Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling, Hyphenation, Common Core Standards 11-12.L.2, 11-12.L.2.a-b) Trying to Make Grammar Fun Mind Your Grammar. Language barrier hurts exporters. New Zealand Registered Teacher Criteria – E portfolio. Newly qualified teachers in New Zealand are known as Beginning Teachers (BTs) or Provisionally Registered Teachers (PRTs). Provisionally registered is the term used by the New Zealand Teachers Council, the professional and regulatory body for teachers in New Zealand, and refers to the teacher’s registration status.

During the first two years in the teaching profession newly qualified teacher in New Zealand undertake a two-year long induction process into the teaching profession overseen by an experienced mentor teacher and the teacher’s professional leader. At the end of the induction process the PRT’s professional leader is required to use evidence to make a judgement as to whether the teacher has met each of the criteria in order to be confirmed as a fully registered teacher.

Professional relationships and professional values Fully registered teachers engage in appropriate professional relationships and demonstrate commitment to professional values. Professional knowledge in practice. How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual. Never mind how well spoken you might be now, you will never again be as adept with languages as the day you were born. Indeed, the youngest person in any room is almost always the best linguist there too. There are 6,800 languages in the world, and since you can’t know where you’ll be born, you have to pop from the womb to be able to speak any one of them. That talent fades fast — as early as nine months after birth, some of our language synapses start getting pruned away. But well into your grammar-school years, your ability to learn a second — or third or fourth — language is still remarkable. That, it turns out, is very good for the brain.

New studies are showing that a multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia longer. FLE - Le Café du FLE. Kató Lomb (née à Pécs le 8 février 1909 et morte à Budapest le 9 juin 2003) était une traductrice, linguiste et interprète hongroise.

Elle a appris 17 langues (!) Tout au long de sa vie. Comme elle était plutôt expérimentée dans ce domaine, elle nous a laissé les 10 commandements de l’apprentissage d’une langue étrangère. Vous êtes prêts ? C’est parti ! I – Pratique tous les jours Pas le temps ? Mais si, voyons. Estallan los Sanfermines: Pamplona es una fiesta. Madrid: La ciudad entre ciudades. LA CIUDAD DE MADRID 1.mpg. Spanish. With tourism in Spain thriving, and the economic importance of Spanish growing in both Latin American and the United States, there has never been a better time to learn Spanish. Businesses operating in global markets in the future will need to rely more and more on Spanish language skills. This section will demonstrate how Spanish can make you more employable, and will direct you to some places where you can learn and practice your skills.

Three messages remain clear: - No basta con el inglés - Con un poco de español puedes conseguir mucho - El español mejora tu calidad de vida Click here to download a report on the Spanish language produced in June 2010 by the Instituto Cervantes. Why not take one of the Spanish challenges on MYLO for some fun ideas about how Spanish can be used in a range of creative work situations?