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The Geography of Small Talk

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Surprising alternatives to "so what do you do?"—from New Orleans to New York.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 7:48 PM

The types of questions that you ask when you are meeting someone new for the first time has some regional variations but there is much more to the geography of small talk than that as see in this 4 minute video.  People want to understand your cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic context by asking spatial questions about where you are from.  Identity and place are tightly woven and these neighborhood questions are almost invitations to share much more personal information, as if to ask, "how do you fit in this world?"  When you are being introduced to someone, what are the questions that you ask, and what type of information are you hoping to get?  Each person has their own little geography that has profoundly shaped who they are---so what’s your story? 


Tags: language, regions, folk cultures, communityplace, neighborhood.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:43 AM

unit 2-3

Mr Steven Newman's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:33 PM
Love this scoop from Seth Dixon. A nice way to help kids understand sense of place .
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Online Vs. In-Person Language Learning: Who Wins? - Omniglot

An article that compares learning languages online and with doing so offline.
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Learning new language during childhood alters brain development

Learning new language during childhood alters brain development | Language Learning | 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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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014

50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014 | Language Learning | Scoop.it
50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014

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Claudine Revol's curator insight, April 28, 2014 5:00 AM

The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks.

So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of a view or a subject with the enthusiasm of a first-year teacher.

Using TED Talks to convey an important message or spark creativity might be more effective in teaching students than an individual agenda or preconceived notion of what should be said. Furthermore, TED Talks challenges educators everywhere to think differently and encourage the same in their students.

These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder, challenging your educator perspective.

 
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 3, 2014 2:12 PM

By Sara Briggs

Using TED Talks to convey an important message or spark creativity might be more effective in teaching students than an individual agenda or preconceived notion of what should be said. Furthermore, TED Talks challenges educators everywhere to think differently and encourage the same in their students.

These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder, challenging your educator perspective.

50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014

Jen Judge's curator insight, July 21, 2014 3:42 PM

Check out the video 48. Let’s Raise Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

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The Best Infographics About Teaching & Learning English As A Second (or Third!) Language | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Infographics About Teaching & Learning English As A Second (or Third!) Language | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Language Learning | Scoop.it

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