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Three ways to use iPads in the languages classroom

Three ways to use iPads in the languages classroom | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
'It is the ability to marry teacher and tech that makes the iPad so formidable.' Will Strange explains his innovative approach to teaching modern foreign languages
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How to teach the new languages curriculum: advice and best practice - The Guardian (blog)

How to teach the new languages curriculum: advice and best practice - The Guardian (blog) | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“The Guardian (blog) How to teach the new languages curriculum: advice and best practice The Guardian (blog) From September this year, all primary schools in England will be required to teach a language from year 3.”
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Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Ver. 3

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Ver. 3 | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
New Revised Version of Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) Chart, Ver 3 (Dec 2013)
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An Introduction to Differentiation

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““Education is an art, but it is also a science.” Carol Ann Tomlinson On Friday, I attended a workshop by Carol Ann Tomlinson, one of the foremost authorities on differentiated instruction. Dr. Toml...”
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A Warning In Three Languages

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UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn

UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council today.

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Here’re The Hardest Languages For English Speak...

Here’re The Hardest Languages For English Speak... | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“What are the hardest languages to learn? If you're thinking about picking up a new language, here's what you need to know.”
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A Review of Models of the Teaching/Learning Process

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China is trouncing France in English-language proficiency - Quartz

China is trouncing France in English-language proficiency - Quartz | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
China is trouncing France in English-language proficiency Quartz The French appear to be getting worse at English while the Chinese are rapidly improving their aptitude at the language that dominates international trade and business, according to...
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innovation in the classroom: Other iPad apps to use in MFL lessons

innovation in the classroom: Other iPad apps to use in MFL lessons | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it

"I received a message from the good people from @dragonfly_edu yesterday, praising how I used an iPod shuffle in Spanish. Dragonfly training specialises in training schools on how to use iPads to maximise learning in MFL lessons. I am by no means an expert on this matter, but thought I would share my experiences using iPads when I teach Spanish to the Year 6 children in my school."


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The key to successful language learning in schools? It's all about the culture - The Guardian

The key to successful language learning in schools? It's all about the culture - The Guardian | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“The Guardian The key to successful language learning in schools? It's all about the culture The Guardian Almost all students at HGS study two languages from year 7 and more than 74% take a language to GCSE.”
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Technology in language learning | British Council Voices

Technology in language learning | British Council Voices | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it

Technology is very much part of language learning throughout the world at all different levels. We are as likely to find it in the primary sector as much as in adult education.

 

I no longer need to make the case for computers to be provided in education, because computers are there in abundance in all their modern forms.We may see traditional computers in labs, teachers and students walking around with laptops or tablet PCs, and many people will have a mobile phone in their pocket that is capable of doing rather more than the mainframe computers that started computer-assisted language learning in the 1960s. I do recognise that there are many kinds of digital divide, and that this is not true everywhere.

 

What is still sometimes an issue is the reliability of these technologies for classroom use. This can discourage teachers from making use of technology as often as they would want to. It’s compounded by the fact that, if these teachers are working in schools, they are faced with classes of learners who may, on the surface at least, appear to be more digitally competent than their teachers are. Learners can therefore challenge their teachers, in ways that put the latter off using the technologies that could potentially make such a difference to what happens in the classroom.

 

In my recent book for the British Council, Innovations in learning technologies for English language teaching, I argue that digital technologies are ideally placed to help teachers working with learners, and learners working independently, to do the necessary ‘languaging’ (M. Swain) that makes their language development possible. We are talking here about doing things with language rather than just learning about language. Swain argues that learners can’t simply develop based on input.  We must engage with other people using that language, and try to make meaning together. Whenever I speak or write something, if I don’t produce language with someone else in mind, I have no way of knowing whether others can understand what I say or write. Of course, I need to read and listen as well, but unless I progress to this further stage, I can’t complete the process.

 

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English Jobs Turkey's curator insight, December 27, 2013 6:44 AM
The idea of having students doing things with language rather than just learning about language really strikes a chord with me at the moment. It helps to justify the risk we took with our webinar this week. It may not have seemed like a 'lesson' on the surface but students were certainly learning.
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Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic: Creative Guesswork

Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic: Creative Guesswork | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“RT @ItchyFeetComic: This week we learn all about deciphering scary, scary Asian languages! http://t.co/ZPauHJQvEn”;
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Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students

Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson?”
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Teen Speaks Over 20 Languages - Linkis.com

Teen Speaks Over 20 Languages - Linkis.com | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“Prodigy hyper-polyglot Tim Doner has been teaching himself languages since he was 13. He now speaks nearly 20 languages! Join Tim on a cultural tour of New York unlike any you've ever heard!”
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LOCAL LANGUAGES; OUR IDENTITY

LOCAL LANGUAGES; OUR IDENTITY | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“LOCAL LANGUAGES; OUR IDENTITY Language serves as a medium of communication between people. There’s audible language and sign language. The motto of the linguistics students association of the Unive...”
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What is this differentiation thing? Some practical ways to approach the topic | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT

What is this differentiation thing? Some practical ways to approach the topic | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
“RT @leslie_whitt: What is this differentiation thing? Some practical ways to approach the topic http://t.co/2JWGw4qM7x”;
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Learning a Foreign Language – 10 Most Common Mistakes - lingholic

Learning a Foreign Language – 10 Most Common Mistakes - lingholic | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
The 10 most common mistakes that language learners make, and how to avoid them. Learn from the mistakes of others and cruise your way to fluency!
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The ‘early language gap’ is about more than words

The ‘early language gap’ is about more than words | Teaching Languages | Scoop.it
Poor children often enter school knowing fewer words than most affluent peers.
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so much to consider in those early years

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Vocabulary is crucial to learning because it’s children’s entry to knowledge and the world of ideas...