Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process landed on "a pretty damn good method for language learning that you can do in limited amounts of...
The field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in Linguistics has only been around for about 90 years, which makes it a newborn baby compared to “more traditional” areas of science and psychology. Though it’s a relatively new player on the scientific school yard, SLA has already garnered mountains of research, insights into learning, and cunning theories that unravel some of the mysteries of language. Today, we present our top picks for most interesting and stimulating videos on SLA and Language Learning.
Short videos with spontaneous speech on high-frequency topic, slips of the tongue, background noise and all: more authentic listening practice for intermediate ESL learners.
"There are three main objectives for the videos:
(1) add new materials to support existing content on my site through the recycling of vocabulary and topics (e.g., a video on trains is linked to a conversation called, Train Tickets: Getting Around Tokyo),
(2) provide more visual multimedia content that can aid students in the language-learning process, and
(3) share my own personal life experiences that might be of benefit to those who want to see new things (for example, how many people have camped in freezing, snowy conditions . . . AND had fun?).
Therefore, I directly link these videos to my library of other listening activities so students see the same themes again and again, and thus learners have plenty of practice on a particular topic before moving on to something else."
Ron Chang Lee is active in TESOL in California, with a special interest in artificial intelligence for language learning.
Here he has produced a large number of listening passages with text quizzes to test comprehension and grammar.
"Free short English stories for ESL students, with grammar, comprehension, and dictation exercises, created for ESL learners who want to practice reading and improve their reading skills. Students can also choose to listen to the stories."
It's a long way from the communicative approach, but for motivated intermediate learners who want to work on pronunciation, reading/listening comprehension and grammar, one story a day will take you six months ...
"Welcome to ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans, activities, etc. Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions."