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This week in language learning, 12th-19th Jan 2017

January 19, 2017

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Language learning wisdom and stories from the founder of “How to Get Fluent”, Gareth Popkins, on this week’s Actual Fluency podcast. Babies remember their birth language even if they never speak it. English lecteur/lectrice posts are available in France for the 2017-2018 academic year. No better way to learn French than by living there! Ten […]

This week in language learning, 5th to 12th Jan 2017

January 12, 2017

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Happy New Year, language learners! I’m introducing a new feature, where I round up news and views about language learning from around the world. From Lifehacker: Rosetta Stone or Duolingo? This language learning showdown is truly a battle of two generations and two ideals. In one corner we have a company that has been around […]

Reasons to Learn a Language, #1599: Doing Hard Things Feels Good

April 28, 2015

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A while ago, I’m still not exactly sure why, I started ballet lessons. Those who know me best find this to be hilarious. I am not, to say the least, proportioned like your typical ballet dancer. I also have slightly inward knees, so even a basic first position is difficult for me to do with […]

Reasons to Learn a Language, #1402: It’s Attractive

February 14, 2014

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In a recent BuzzFeed quiz (“which Disney character are you?”, if memory serves), the following question was asked: “Which random thing turns you on?” Not sure about random, though. I mean, take this as Exhibit A. Happy Valentine’s Day.   — for more hints and tips on language learning, buy Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide […]

Language Learning and Me: American Sign Language

January 18, 2014

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When we talk about language learning, it’s easy to forget that not all language is oral. Around half a million people in the U.S. and Canada use American Sign Language.  Laura is one of them, and now works as an ASL interpreter in and around Washington, DC. Why American Sign Language? When I was 13 […]

Reasons to learn a language, #419: emotional well-being

January 10, 2014

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Watching the film Julie and Julia over the Christmas holidays, I was reminded of an important aspect of language tutoring, or at least of my language tutoring. In the film (recommended if you like France or food, a must if you love both), Julia Childs is frustrated that a French woman won’t let her take cooking lessons. At her […]

Resources for learning and teaching Arabic

January 7, 2014

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Originally posted on Literacy, Languages and Leadership:
This semester I am involved in a Calgary Board of Education (CBE) pilot project to teach Arabic in a blended learning course at the high school level. I’ve been working with a fantastic team of educators comprised of an instructional designer, a curriculum development specialist and a native…