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The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) : Articulation of Language InstructionDiane J. Tedick, Editor
Beginning the study of a new language is either difficult or boring. can be difficult and boring, too. Spanish can be a struggle or a joy, and the learning strategies that you employ during the first days of your are most important.
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Thanks to all our dedicated #LangChat twitter participants who shared great ideas and resources to help encourage and increase student use of target language (TL) in class.
Next in my series on top international Web apps is Spain. The previous countries profiled were Germany , Holland , Poland , Korea , United Kingdom and Russia . The information in this post comes from two people: Eduardo Perez Orue from the Spanish Virtual Desktop product EyeOS , plus a R/WW reader named Carlos (sorry I didn't get his last name). An interesting fact about Spain's web apps is that most sites are presented with multilingual engines. Eduardo told me that Spanish Web entrepreneurs think that Spanish-only sites have a limited audience - "only 300 million people or so" (!) - so a lot of them create multilingual apps.
This summer I wrote a post on increasing your own TL use and am just now getting around to this follow-up post. Students need to practice speaking the TL in order to develop the skill of speaking it; that goes without saying. But because of the affective filter more than anything, and a host of other factors including pure lack of knowledge, it's a constant battle to get them to do so.
I am a Gringa and I am proud of it. One of my main goals in life is to perfect my Spanish speaking so that natives can't hear that I am a Gringa. I am still working on this all the time.
Earlier this year our school district offered high school teachers an opportunity to submit a proposal to “Re-imagine the 21st Century Classroom” .
I use this simple game, He pensado un número, to review numbers in Spanish and teach mayor (greater) and menor (less). We play in class and I also give it to my students in their list of at-home activities.