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Wlingua, A Cool App for English Language Learners and Teachers ...

Wlingua, A Cool App for English Language Learners and Teachers ... | ESL | Scoop.it
July 12, 2014. Wlingua is a good language learning app that aims to give your students the chance to improve their English skills outside the classroom. They can learn many things watching TV shows or reading books, newspapers.
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Library Linguistics - Library Journal

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Library Journal Library Linguistics Library Journal From picking up enough French to order dinner on vacation to improving English-language skills to shore up job prospects, all sorts of language learners are learning in libraries to hone their...
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The mouth's where the money is - Stuff.co.nz

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The mouth's where the money is
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The idea was to track the pronunciation of people learning English as a second language to help them spot mistakes and improve.
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Learning new language during childhood alters brain development

Learning new language during childhood alters brain development | ESL | Scoop.it
The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a new study.

 

Researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University examined Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 66 bilingual and 22 monolingual men and women living in Montreal. They used a software programme developed at The Neuro to study the brain scans.

 

They found that the pattern of brain development is similar if you learn one or two language from birth. However, learning a second language later on in childhood after gaining proficiency in the first (native) language does in fact modify the brain's structure, specifically the brain's inferior frontal cortex.

 

The left inferior frontal cortex becomes thicker and the right inferior frontal cortex becomes thinner. The cortex is a multi-layered mass of neurons that plays a major role in cognitive functions such as thought, language, consciousness and memory.

 

The study suggests that the task of acquiring a second language after infancy stimulates new neural growth and connections among neurons in ways seen in acquiring complex motor skills such as juggling.

 

The authors speculate that the difficulty that some people have in learning a second language later in life could be explained at the structural level.

 

"The later in childhood that the second language is acquired, the greater are the changes in the inferior frontal cortex," said Dr Denise Klein, researcher in The Neuro's Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and a lead author on the paper published in the journal Brain and Language.

 

"Our results provide structural evidence that ageof acquisition is crucial in laying down the structure for language learning," Klein said.


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Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep

Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep | ESL | Scoop.it

Coursework in applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, and methods for teaching second-language learners in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will no longer be enough, they say. For example, ESL teachers need to understand the language and language practices that are specific to different subject areas and disciplines.


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AUSpace: Second Language Acquisition and Current Trends in Japan: The Cultural Risks

AUSpace: Second Language Acquisition and Current Trends in Japan: The Cultural Risks | ESL | Scoop.it

This paper discusses second language acquisition with reference to periphery countries and the effects of English on culture and language.


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The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners

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I've been putting some effort this year into thinking how to encourage my English Language Learner students, particularly Beginners, to make language-learning a part of their entire day -- not just...
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Speaking to a need: Summer program helps ELL students - SouthCoastToday.com

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Speaking to a need: Summer program helps ELL students
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Teacher Marty Vieira uses an unconventional teaching technique to get his students to not only verbalize but also gesture out their new English words.
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Global Village - Vegas Seven

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Vegas Seven Global Village Vegas Seven Whether it's through a community garden or a “heart attack” of thank-you notes, principal Gerald Bustamante (above) aims to foster a true community atmosphere for the 200 English language learners at Global...
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Ultimate Vocabulary Proudly Shares Its New Partnership With Learnteria.com ... - DigitalJournal.com

Ultimate Vocabulary Proudly Shares Its New Partnership With Learnteria.com ...
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Proficient Enough? - Inside Higher Ed

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Proficient Enough?
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The company now offers language learning web and smartphone apps.
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Say what? Tips for talking to non-native speakers of English on deadline - DigiNews

Say what? Tips for talking to non-native speakers of English on deadline - DigiNews | ESL | Scoop.it
Say what? Tips for talking to non-native speakers of English on deadline
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But knowing a few words from a coworker's language can be helpful when you're listening to him or her speaking English with an accent that comes from that language.
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7 Important Tips for Teachers and Parents to Help Struggling Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Important Tips for Teachers and Parents to Help Struggling Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ESL | Scoop.it

"Teaching reading has always been the nucleus of heated debates between two camps of scholars: advocates of the traditional school of literacy emphasize the need for an instructed and learned process of teaching reading. This process is made up of a set of chained stages starting with explicit teaching of  phonemic and phonetic awareness then fluency and vocabulary and the end of the process comes comprehension. Proponents of the progressivist camp, on the other hand, trivialize the instructed process through which students are being taught reading and instead advanced a new paradigm for teaching reading, one that is based on context and meaning. They foreground comprehension as being an essential factor for readers to be able to develop elaborate reading skills. Progressivists liken the process of learning to read to first language acquisition. They believe that since  a kid learns his/ her first language through immersion and without the need for any explicit instruction, learners too can pick up reading skills by simply being immersed into reading heads on."


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ELL: Common Core-Aligned Tasks in English Language Arts

A substantial body of research clearly indicates that utilizing specific instructional modifications as well as targeted pedagogical strategies can accelerate ELLs’ academic achievement and English language acquisition.  

As a result, ELLs’ academic performance can be comparable to their English proficient (EP) counterparts. 

 

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/4FD788EE-7D6E-42F8-A415-C2A6C1C31A15/0/GeneralELAStrategiesforELLs_082811.pdf

 


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Digital Tools for 21st Century Content Area Classrooms

Digital Tools for 21st Century Content Area Classrooms | ESL | Scoop.it

This is a Guest Post from class members of Language Acquisition and Literacy Education in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts, who are all content area pre-service teachers in math, social stud.


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Lingua.ly Launches Language Learning App on iOS - Inside Mobile Apps

Lingua.ly Launches Language Learning App on iOS - Inside Mobile Apps | ESL | Scoop.it
Lingua.ly Launches Language Learning App on iOS Inside Mobile Apps The platform allows users to type or paste words from 18 languages to receive a translation into the language of their choice, and offers learning exercises so users retain the...
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Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs

Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs | ESL | Scoop.it
Teacher, one-to-one advocate and blogger Monica Burns shares some of her favorite free apps for supporting English-Language Learners' vocabulary acquisition.

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Hard-Copy Graphic Novels Are Vital for ESL Students - Reading Today Online

Hard-Copy Graphic Novels Are Vital for ESL Students - Reading Today Online | ESL | Scoop.it
Hard-Copy Graphic Novels Are Vital for ESL Students
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Five years ago I wrote “Critical literacies and graphic novels for English Language Learners: Teaching Maus,” for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
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Author travels, 'hacking' languages for fluency - Tribune-Review

Author travels, 'hacking' languages for fluency - Tribune-Review | ESL | Scoop.it
Author travels, 'hacking' languages for fluency Tribune-Review 18 to Sewickley's Penguin Bookshop — has dabbled in 24 world languages and achieved anywhere from basic conversational proficiency to master fluency in 10 besides his native English:...
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