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Voxy - Learn a language from life

Voxy - Learn a language from life | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it

We don’t believe learning should be based on static content, memorizing verb charts, grammar rules, or learning vocabulary words out of context. That’s why we create engaging exercises with authentic language used by native speakers. We don't write lessons for you, we curate real-world discourse and turn it into lessons adapted to your language level.


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Put down your textbooks, learn language by listening and practicing!

 

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Voxy looks like a really great all round product to get students listening, reading and speaking. You can access it through any device, but the mobile app looks really great and it's one of the first I've seen that really seems to be drawing on the multimedia capabilities of mobile and tablet devices for language learning.

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creating engaging exercises with authentic language
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Pour améliorer la compétence  LANGUE , anglais.

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Expert Advice on Accent Reduction

In business and in life if you want to be successful you have to be understood. Textbooks can teach you how to speak English, but they can't teach you how to...

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From ThinkrTV, Paddy Kennedy describes how effective language learning requires extensive listening to native speakers.

 

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How to Speak English Well: 10 Simple Tips for Extraordinary Fluency

How to Speak English Well: 10 Simple Tips for Extraordinary Fluency | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Do you want to learn how to speak English well? Are you also looking for a shortcut to English fluency? We don't have tricks that will give you perfect Englis
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Put your textbooks down and start listening to people speak English!  Advice from  FluentU English Language and Culture Blog.

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Voxy - Learn a language from life

Voxy - Learn a language from life | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it

We don’t believe learning should be based on static content, memorizing verb charts, grammar rules, or learning vocabulary words out of context. That’s why we create engaging exercises with authentic language used by native speakers. We don't write lessons for you, we curate real-world discourse and turn it into lessons adapted to your language level.


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Put down your textbooks, learn language by listening and practicing!

 

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TALC library's curator insight, February 4, 7:17 PM

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Voxy looks like a really great all round product to get students listening, reading and speaking. You can access it through any device, but the mobile app looks really great and it's one of the first I've seen that really seems to be drawing on the multimedia capabilities of mobile and tablet devices for language learning.

Quick Idioms's curator insight, February 9, 11:08 AM
creating engaging exercises with authentic language
Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, February 26, 10:24 AM

Pour améliorer la compétence  LANGUE , anglais.

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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have
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Edutopia on the importance of listening.  This is especially relevant to language learning.

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No lack of ideas on a course of action for English education

No lack of ideas on a course of action for English education | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Last week's Learning Curve column, 'English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul,' looked at the persistent mismatch between the education ministry's stated goals and the actual outcomes of English ...
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Japan recognizes that textbook teaching of English is not enough to give students real world language skills.

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Insider Selling: Rosetta Stone Director Sells 1,500,000 Shares of Stock (RST) | Ticker Report

Insider Selling: Rosetta Stone Director Sells 1,500,000 Shares of Stock (RST) | Ticker Report | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) Director Phillip Clough sold 1,500,000 shares of the company's stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Friday,
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Insider stock sales is NOT a good thing for a company.

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Johnson: Do different languages confer different personalities?

Johnson: Do different languages confer different personalities? | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
LAST week, Johnson took a look at some of the advantages of bilingualism. These include better performance at tasks involving "executive function" (which involve the...
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China eases up on English for students

China eases up on English for students | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Yin Zixuan, an 18-year-old high school student in Beijing, started learning English as a child in kindergarten. “We’ve...
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Opportunities for private sector English teaching services in China.

 

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How to Become a Fluent Speaker of a Foreign Language - lingholic

How to Become a Fluent Speaker of a Foreign Language - lingholic | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
You just finished your beginner's textbook, now what? Find out how to make the leap to spoken fluency in a foreign language through these great tips.
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Conversational fluency doesn't come from reading a textbook.

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Natural born linguists: what drives multi-language speakers?

Natural born linguists: what drives multi-language speakers? | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Get out there and chat to native speakers if you want to learn a language, a group of multilingual speakers tell Martin Williams
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Learning languages is not just about memorising vocabulary and grammar.

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Can You Learn a New Language by Watching Movies or TV?

Can You Learn a New Language by Watching Movies or TV? | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Watching TV or films in a language you'd like to learn is far from the only free or frugal method widely available to you.
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Watching short videos and repeating them is better than trying to watch entire TV programs or movies in your target language.

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Rose Mount's curator insight, September 26, 2013 8:44 PM
An interesting article on how to use video, TV for learning a language.
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An interesting article on how to use video, TV for learning a language!!.

 

 

 

You are interested in learning a new language by watching movies, listening to music or even by playing games, then come and find out our language resources at http://www.dafelang.com/#!l-resources/c2415

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New approaches may facilitate learning second language

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Great perspective from a student of Spanish at the University of Delaware on how modern language pedagogy doesn't prepare students for real-world conversation.

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning...Another from TeachThought, which is becoming a real go-to site for direct ideas.  This one is one mobile learning, and what learning looks like and what it can afford.

 

Design Driver:  Users, Devices, Learning, Ecology


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Mobile technology will totally change education in the 21st Century.

 

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, December 15, 2012 4:11 PM

Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.

As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined.

Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner.

Pierre GESLiN's curator insight, January 7, 2:46 PM

Learning on the move!

 

Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, February 2, 3:06 PM

12 Principios para tomar en cuenta sobre m-learning.

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The memory game

The memory game | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese. By Shaolan Hsueh. Thames Hudson; 192 pages; £12.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk HUNDREDS of millions of children and...
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Learning Chinese characters is notoriously hard.

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Five Free Online Tools to Learn Another Languag...

Five Free Online Tools to Learn Another Languag... | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it

Rosetta Stone costs $500? Thank you, no. There are too many free language-learning resources on the Internet to warrant that sort of expense. Here are just a few that will cost you nothing but time and effort.


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Disruptive Innovation is coming to the online language learning world!

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, February 13, 12:42 AM

It's useful to see what other people have been doing with online language learning courses. Evaluating the theory underpinning the teaching and learning is also a useful exercise.

 

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Johnson: What might have been

Johnson: What might have been | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
THE English poet William Barnes (pictured) is no household name. But that is almost a shame, because he represented a strand that we don’t otherwise see much of:...
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English will never be the pure language that English poet William Barnes wanted.

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Teachers must nurture critical thinking, confidence in English for a shot at 2020 goals

Teachers must nurture critical thinking, confidence in English for a shot at 2020 goals | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Recently, it was revealed that Japanese public schools may start teaching English earlier (from third grade of elementary school), with more classes per week. The new 'blueprint' for English education, ...
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More about shortcomings in Japan with teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) #ESL

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Rosetta Stone Announces Change in Product Development Organization

Rosetta Stone Announces Change in Product Development Organization | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
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Between this and all of the insider sales of late, it appears that RST=doomed.

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English as the lingua franca of higher education? - University World News

English as the lingua franca of higher education? - University World News | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
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English is becoming the lingua france of higher education.

 

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How Important is Grammar in Language Learning? - lingholic

How Important is Grammar in Language Learning? - lingholic | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Grammar perhaps made you hate learning languages, but just how important is it? The answer might surprise you.
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Learning grammar is good, but it won't turn you into a speaker of a foreign language.

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Another Japanese Company Tells Employees, 'Speak English'

Another Japanese Company Tells Employees, 'Speak English' | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
To Bridgestone, moving away from Japan and its rapidly aging population is the only way to grow
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Good English language skills are essential for success in many companies.

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What Happens When a Language Has No Numbers?

What Happens When a Language Has No Numbers? | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
The Pirahã are an indigenous people, numbering around 700, living along the banks of the Maici River in the jungle of northwest Brazil.
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Very interesting article about how a culture is reflected in its language.

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Johnson: Just speak English?

Johnson: Just speak English? | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
HOW should the European Union manage its multilingualism? The 28 partner countries speak an unwieldy 23 languages. To enable more shared modes of expression,...
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It is a grand idea for people to learn English.  It is even grander to learn English and something else too.

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English Pronunciation

English Pronunciation | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
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English pronunciation cannot be learned solely out of a textbook.  English learners need to hear these words spoken because there is no clarification coming from the spelling!

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Au Revoir LiveMocha.com & The Death of Online Communities

Au Revoir LiveMocha.com & The Death of Online Communities | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
When a great online community is formed, it is a glorious thing. GoodReads brings book lovers together so they can discover their next book, form book clubs, interact with their favorite authors and write authentic reviews. LiveMocha is a site...
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au revoir, Leevay mot cha!

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Effects of English Hegemony on Education - Language Mastery

Effects of English Hegemony on Education - Language Mastery | Free English Language Learning Resources | Scoop.it
In this guest post, writer Estelle Shumann discusses the effects of English on world education, culture, and ideology, and how some consider the prominence of English a form of neo-colonialism. What's your stand?
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Is the prominence of English neo-colonialism?

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