Language Learning

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

Another day, another mid-year “The Best…” list…..<p>I’m adding this post to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.<p>Ordinarily, I also publish a …

Language

5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Child Another Language

“What’s the point of teaching your kids a foreign language if they will never become fluent?” I have heard this so many times from parents who think …

Language

‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

The ‪WannaCry‬pt extortion notes was most likely written by a Chinese speaking authors, according to linguistic analysis.<p>WannaCry samples analysed by …

Google Translate

Learn Russian? Which languages Americans study and why

John Kerry joked that Harvard graduates should learn Russian if they want a job in President Trump's White House.<p>In fact, global politics has always influenced what languages Americans choose to study.

Language

Dutch universities are accused of abandoning their own language to attract lucrative foreign students

Too many university courses are being taught in English in the Netherlands, an advocacy group says, and it’s hurting Dutch students.<p>A lobby group, Better Education Netherlands (BON), is threatening to sue the Dutch government over the “Anglicization” (link in Dutch) of higher education in the …

Education

He Sold Two Companies To Google, Won A MacArthur 'Genius Grant' And Launched Free Duolingo App

“I think it has to do with where I’m from,” explains Luis von Ahn about creating Duolingo, the free language learning app, “I’m from Guatemala.” Although von Ahn didn’t grow up impoverished, he saw how the country’s poor—more than half live below the poverty line—had no access to high-quality …

Language

Turns Out, Justin Bieber Actually Can't Speak Spanish

"Despacito" is a great song. Especially the one featuring the vocal talents of a platinum Justin Bieber. The 23-year-old appears on a remix of the Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi track and even shows off his skills with a verse in Spanish. And it's really, really good. (Perhaps even the song of the …

Justin Bieber

Multilingual Websites: Benefits And Best Practices

These days it's hard to come across a country where several languages aren't accepted and spoken. No matter what language you speak, everybody has …

SEO

Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom

When I was beginning to learn Spanish, there was nothing scarier than trying to communicate in that language to a proficient speaker, nothing more …

Teaching

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

© 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web …

Learning

Rural Iowa Districts Tackle the English-Language Learner Teacher Shortage

« San Francisco Mayor Commits $44 Million for Teacher Housing | Main | Trump's Budget Eliminates Funding for Teacher Training, Class-Size Reductions »<p>…

Education

Upgrade your brain with a new language [Deals]

Spring is here, everything is new and blooming and the world invites you to explore its wonders. Of course that’s a lot easier to do if you speak more than your native language. There are few better ways to learn a new language than with Rosetta Stone. Their program is world famous for how …

Language

English Language Learner challenges are symptom of larger education problem

Mackenzie Ryan’s recent series on the challenges English Language Learners face is a symptom of a far deeper problem in Iowa’s K-12 education system. …

Education

Sm’algyax conference works to save Tsimshian language

There are only six fluent speakers of the Tsimshian language, Sm’algyax, left in Alaska. Interest in the language is on the rise, however.<p>“I try not …

Alaska

An America That Speaks Mandarin

<i>Jeff Wang is the Director of China Learning Initiatives at the Center for Global Education at Asia Society. This piece is part of a special RCW</i> …

World News

Transitioning Adult ESL Students to College

<b>Lijun Shen demonstrates strategies to address the different needs of college-bound adult English learners</b><p>Many adult learners who study English as a …

Education

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For …

Duolingo: You Can Now Learn Japanese on Your iPhone

You can now learn Japanese on your smartphone as popular learning app Duolingo finally adds the language to its roster.<p>The course, which is now …

Lifestyle

Advice on Learning a New Language from People Who Speak Up to Sixteen

Being fluent in a language other than your own is a skill in a league of its own. Even learning one more allows you to #traveldeeper a little more …

Language

English is most-studied foreign language at European schools, French second – EU report

In almost all European countries, English is the foreign language learnt by most pupils during primary and secondary education, according to a new …

Education

‘Gamified’ language app Duolingo finally adds Japanese

Just as many readers are swapping paperbacks for tablets, many language learners are trading in their textbooks for apps so they can study on the go. …

Language

Language learning app Memrise takes top honours at Google's 2017 Play Awards

With I/O 2017 winding down, Google has announced the winners of its latest class of Google Play Award winners.<p>After whittling down a list of 57 …

Apps

These Syrian newcomers say they have ‘no excuse’ to miss their English classes

For a group of Syrian newcomers at a Mississauga apartment complex, English language training is delivered at their doorstep.<p>“You have no excuse not …

Canadian News

3 Ways Learning A New Language Helps Your Brain–Even If You Never Get Fluent

Don’t worry if you never get those conjugations right. Language-learning can make you a more creative-problem solver.<p>Remember your seventh-grade Spanish class? Of course you do. But do you remember anything <i>from it?</i> You might’ve left off language-learning with decent proficiency at some point in …

Language

How To Start Learning Chinese - A Resource Guide For Beginners

Most people start studying Chinese with whatever resource they happen to stumble upon. It’s hard to know what you should focus on and where to find …

Language

Duolingo free language learning app released their first Japanese lessons, so we tested them out!

Check out what we thought of the Japanese language course released today!<p>As a Japanese tutor, one of the most common questions I get from my students …

Language

Language App Duolingo Finally Added Japanese And It's Great

Duolingo is one of the best free ways to get started learning a new language, and they're finally answering the pleas of wannabe polyglots everywhere …

Language

Japanese Finally Comes To Duolingo

A month in advance of today’s Japanese on Duolingo course launch, the language-training company posted a teaser on Facebook. This simple update became Duolingo’s most popular post of all time, with 25,000 likes and over 3,000 comments.<p>“This is by far the most requested and highly-anticipated course …

Language

Teaching and Welcoming English-Learners: New Guide Offers Advice

« Why Did Immigration Officials Visit a N.Y.C. Elementary School? | Main<p>Teaching Tolerance, an education project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, …

Education