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The 16 Best Resources for Teaching a Foreign Language

The 16 Best Resources for Teaching a Foreign Language
According to infoplease, there are more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world, each with its own unique culture and way of thinking and communicating. As globalization barrels forward, learning a foreign language becomes ever more important and beneficial for students. However, learning another language is difficult; if you are a foreign language teacher, how can you make the process easier and more enjoyable for your students? The following resources may help. Motivation, Methods, and Theories Behind Learning a Second Language The journey to multilingualism is one with no shortage of forks in the road. The traditional method of learning another language involves tons of memorization and grammar drills, but that approach may actually go against what the brain is naturally programmed to do. Lesson Plans and Ideas for Teaching Foreign Languages Image via Flickr by Helga’s Lobster Stew The following resources can help you hone how you teach new ways of speaking to your students. In Short

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Top 10 podcasts to help you learn a language I became a language addict way back in the early noughties thanks to Shakira. Since then I’ve gone on to pursue a degree in French and Spanish with the Open University, and I’ve also studied Mandarin, Italian, German and various other languages along the way. With formal studying never quite being enough, I’m always looking for other methods to engage my language learning brain, podcasts being one of them. Teaching languages with technology: tools that help students become fluent Young people live their lives through technology: they are the web generation and they are hungry for more. Our challenge is to channel the natural enthusiasm our pupils have for ICT by using it in their everyday lives and embed it purposefully into the modern foreign languages (MFL) classroom. There is great value in incorporating new technologies not as a bolt on or reward, but as an integral part of the process. This allows learners to foster the four c's: communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. ICT lets learners easily draw on authentic resources that promote inter-cultural understanding and interact with virtual peers in real non-fabricated contexts. Publishing students' multimedia outcomes on a blog or wiki gives them a real audience for their work, facilitates peer assessment through commenting and encourages them to raise their standards as a result.

Top 10 free resources to learn Japanese I think it’s wise to invest into your education, and language learning in particular. You might have to give up a few beers or coffees every month, but that one good book, app, or online resource may easily make the difference in how fast you progress. That doesn’t mean that there is no high quality material for Japanese learners that is free, but it certainly takes quite some time to find it, and to use it properly. To save you time, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite free resources below: Hiragana and Katakana