Language Learning

Excellent NY Times Column Today On Teaching English Language Learners

Thanks to Carol Salva, I learned about today’s NY Times column headlined What Is America to Me?<p>In it, writer Margaret Renkl tells about her …


Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

<i>Editor’s Note: Mary Stokke, one of the very talented student teachers who worked with me last year, agreed to teach summer school to our ELL</i> …


Five Language-Learning Apps Tested and Reviewed - Bloomberg

If you’re not careful about your pronunciation, it’s pretty easy to tell someone in France that you’re pregnant instead of saying you’re full. In …


Can 'Parentese' Help Babies From Monolingual Families Learn New Languages?

For a long time, we've been hearing that babies who grow up in a home where parents speak two languages are able to learn both of them almost …


Nine Skills Worth Learning for Any Career - and How to Learn Them

I recently had the pleasure of reading Scott Adams’ book <i>How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big</i>. At one point in the book, Adams refers to …

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Babies can learn second language in 1 hour per day - Futurity

With just one hour of learning each day, babies as young as a 7 months old can begin to learn a new language—even when their parents don't speak it.


Babies can understand the difference between two languages while in the womb, scientists find

Unborn babies are able to recognise the difference between two languages, scientists have found.<p>Foetuses are able to distinguish between English and …


The 10 languages chatbots are most likely to speak

After processing over 7 billion messages at Dashbot, we took a deeper look into the languages with which users communicate. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to look at the messages users are sending to your chatbots. The beauty of conversational interfaces is that users say exactly what …


Family Literacy on Your Smartphone

« In this School, 100% of Kindergarteners Are on Target for Reading | Main<p>| No comments<p>By Vinod Lobo<p>For years, we've been talking about how adult …


How to Learn a New Language with Minimal Expense

One common question that readers send into the Reader Mailbag revolves around learning a particular language without a lot of expense. Most of the …


The Mysterious Rosetta Stone Turns 218: Here's Why It's So Cool

Exactly 218 years ago today, on July 19, 1799, French troops in Rosetta, Egypt, uncovered a striking black stone carved with three ancient texts: two …


8 Flashcard Apps to Make Your Study Session Less Analog

Flashcards unexpectedly found their way into the public discourse last week when Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News to …


Coding Versus Foreign Language Study

« Class Size Matters | Main<p>For as long as I can remember, the study of a foreign language has been required for all students applying to college. The …


Smart phone apps boost 'Chinese Fever' in America

NEW YORK — When Charles Laughlin was in college in the US state of Minnesota about 30 years ago, Chinese was categorized along with Arabic, Swahili …


These Scientists Think Local Climates Shaped the Evolution of Language

All 7,000 of them.<p><b>By Michael Gavin, Colorado State University</b><p>The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at …


Very Early Exposure to English Can Help ELLs Flourish, Study Finds

« For English-Learners, Seeing Peers 'Struggle and Persist' Is Beneficial | Main<p>Consistently exposing English-learner students to the language before …


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 …


Thousands of English-Learners Fall Short on Test of Language Skills

Printer-Friendly<p>Email Article<p>Reprints<p>Comments<p>A change to how a widely used English-proficiency test is scored has led to thousands of students being …


Speak English? Become an English teacher in Israel!

Education Ministry and Talpiot Academic College of Education launch free program to train English-speakers to teach English in Israel.


'Game of Thrones' Fans Can Now Learn to Speak High Valyrian From an App

If you're impatiently staring at the TV waiting for Sunday night's return of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, you maybe need a distraction. Duolingo, a popular …

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Learn a Language, but Not a Human One

Fluency in coding is a more useful skill than French, Spanish or Russian.<p>Donald Trump, whose wife speaks five languages, just wrapped up a pair of trips to Europe during which he spoke only English. Good for him. If Mr. Trump studied a language in college or high school, as most of us were required …


For English-Learners, Seeing Peers 'Struggle and Persist' Is Beneficial

« Summer Reading for English-Language-Learner Educators | Main<p>How quickly English-language learners pick up the language may depend more on the …


The Best Sites For ELLs To Practice Online Dictation

Dictation exercises in class, where English Language Learners need to listen and write down what they hear, is an excellent language-learning …


Shanahan on Literacy

<i>Teacher question:</i><p><i>I am interested in understanding how phonemic awareness and phonics can support students who do not have a structure for learning</i> …


Ga-Ga, Goo-Goo, Why a Baby May Like You

According to a new study in Developmental Science, infants at the age of one already tend to prefer speakers of their native language. However, they …


5 of the best tips I've heard to learn another language more quickly

Science shows that learning a second language can help you solve problems more critically, focus more intensely, and even keep your brain sharp as you age. And that's not even mentioning the practical benefits in business and in life of being able to talk to more people and travel more widely.<p>But …


Spinner in Languages - Speaking & Writing - French & Spanish - EDITABLE

How can we use this new craze to our advantage in the classroom?<p>Find attached several worksheets and ideas for you to use the spinner in the …


Can language curb racism?

There's a shift that occurs when you speak a foreign language.<p>Your mouth tries to form shapes it isn't used to, your ears hear sounds they don't …


Is Dual Language Immersion School Right for Your Child?

Recent decades have seen a rise in foreign language immersion schools, in which students are taught a second language as part of the regular school …