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Séisme au Népal : le bilan s'alourdit, près de 2.500 morts

Séisme au Népal : le bilan s'alourdit, près de 2.500 morts | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
INTERNATIONAL - CATASTROPHE - Le bilan du séisme au Népal continue de s'alourdir et atteint les 2.500 victimes.
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3 Ways Learning a Language Could Boost Your Career

3 Ways Learning a Language Could Boost Your Career | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The skills and abilities that get us ahead at work are changing. As technology shifts how we interact and communicate, businesses (and individuals) are looking for new ways to expand their horizons.
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Language: What Your Brain Remembers Even if You Forget - Scientific American (blog)

Language: What Your Brain Remembers Even if You Forget - Scientific American (blog) | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
What is the earliest thing you remember? How old were you? What was happening? Have you ever wondered about all the things from before that moment ...
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On-the-Spot Support: Using the Scaffolding Technique in Your Teaching Approach

On-the-Spot Support: Using the Scaffolding Technique in Your Teaching Approach | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
When you think about scaffolds, you probably visualize the structures used during construction to support workers and materials.
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Their Voice: A Lesson in respectful language - Daily Herald

Their Voice: A Lesson in respectful language - Daily Herald | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
If you want proof that one person can make a difference, you only have to look to Rosa Marcellino. Rosa Marcellino is probably not a name you have heard of,
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Why Language Learners Should Take Notes

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Margaret Brooks, a co-author of Q: Skills for Success, Second Edition, offers some tips to help your students take notes in class. Whether in the context of taking a phone message or listening to a...

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10 Cool, Colorful French Autumn Vocab Words

10 Cool, Colorful French Autumn Vocab Words | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year: with every falling leaf your summer vocabulary is becoming obsolete!
Sure, we all want to cling to sunny summer days, but there are plenty of things to love about autumn.
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Pourquoi Steve Jobs et Cie ont gardé leurs enfants éloignés des iPads

Pourquoi Steve Jobs et Cie ont gardé leurs enfants éloignés des iPads | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Les dirigeants de la Silicon Valley transforment le monde en un environnement totalement technologique, mais se montrent comme parents particulièrement réticents à l'égard de ces applications innovantes, écrit Nick Bilto...
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CHANSONS FLE: M. POKORA : " En attendant la fin "

CHANSONS FLE: M. POKORA : " En attendant la fin " | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
On se retourne vers dieu quand ça tourne mal. Quand le ciel s'écroule sur nos petites étoiles. On se sent si seul quand le train déraille. De la pluie dans mes yeux quand l'espoir détale. Quand je vois maman perdre ses ...

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Justifying selected uses of the learners first language in the foreign language classroom within communicative language teaching | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

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25 resources for teaching with Movies and Film

25 resources for teaching with Movies and Film | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a student looking to get into the film industry or a teacher looking for reference points to help your pupils, you’ll need all the online resources you can find.

To make things a little easier for you, the film section of Tuppence Magazine has put together a list of the 25 best learning resources for film studies available online. It covers everything from film theory and study points to filmmaking, behind the scenes advice and useful inspiration, providing a wide range of options for teachers and students alike.

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Top 5 tips to encourage Spontaneous Talk in the MFL classroom

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It seems like the ultimate challenge for the MFL teacher is to plan and create opportunities for spontaneous talk to occur in the target language. Greg Horton has developed Group Talk - 'an award w...
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[NEWS + INFO] 141203 Foreign Language Films Compete For Golden Globe

[NEWS + INFO] 141203 Foreign Language Films Compete For Golden Globe | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
After careful examination, 53 motion pictures have been approved for Golden Globe consideration in the Foreign Language category. In order to qualify for foreign language consideration, a film must...
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On Target Teaching!: Classroom Language mats

On Target Teaching!: Classroom Language mats | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
@Hope_MFL hello! Thank you! Don't know, sorry. You can download them from my blog here Classroom Language mats http://t.co/Acsdl9AAKL
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7 Ways You Can Use Texting to Your Advantage in the Classroom

7 Ways You Can Use Texting to Your Advantage in the Classroom | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
If you were to take a glance around a classroom in which no smartphone policy has been set, it would be easy to conclude that texting at school is nothing but a distraction. Just look at all of those bent heads and rapidly moving thumbs!
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Leadership Skills Multiply With Language Skills - Forbes

Leadership Skills Multiply With Language Skills - Forbes | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
As collaboration goes digital globally, we face working with more people across more cultures. Even learning one more language can expand your understanding of use of context and persuasion in different cultures.
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Science Reveals Something Surprising About People Who Speak More Than One Language

Science Reveals Something Surprising About People Who Speak More Than One Language | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Start brushing up on your Spanish, people.

Learning more than one language isn't just good for traveling — it may actually make you better at performing tasks that aren't even related to linguistics. 

A recent study in Brain and Language by University of Washington researchers generated this somewhat surprising statistic: Bilingual people are about half a second faster at executing novel instructions, like "add 1 to x, divide y by 2, and sum the results" than their monolingual cousins. 

In short, the approximately 20% of Americans who are bilingual may tend to have better executive functioning — the network of cognitive processes involved in reasoning and problem solving, among others — than the rest of us.

The study: UW's Andrea Stocco and Chantel Prat reached this conclusion by subjecting 17 bilingual and 14 monolingual people to a battery of arithmetic problems, each comprised of a set of operations and two inputs. Pacific Standards' Nathan Collins explains the process involved:

First, participants ran through 40 practice problems using just two operation sets. Next, they went through another 40 problems, this time a mix of 20 new ones, each with a unique set of operations and inputs, and another 20 featuring the previously studied arithmetic operations, but with new inputs for x and y. Finally, the groups worked through 40 more problems, again a mix of familiar and novel, but this time, they completed them inside a fMRI brain scanner.

The good news for those of us who speak only English is that monolinguals evenly matched bilinguals on accuracy and solved the familiar problems just as quickly. But when the bilingual group was asked to complete the novel problems, they beat out the one-language crowd handily. The brain scans show that the basal ganglia, which exhibits influence on the motor system and action selection, was more active when respondents were completing the unfamiliar problems.

The researchers believe the "generalized improvements in cognitive performance" seen among the bilingual crowd indicates their brains are more easily able to adapt between various competing sets of rules, allowing them to adapt more quickly to new situations. Since learning even one language is a tremendously difficult task, Stocco and Prat believe that the process of learning an additional one has long-lasting cognitive benefits.

Other benefits of bilingualism: The study is far from the first to suggest that learning two languages has an array of other benefits for cognitive health. In the U.K.'s famous long-term Lothian Birth Cohort study, language researchers compared 1,100 monolingual 11-year-olds in 1947 to the remaining 843 of the original test subjects some 60-plus years later. 

They found that only those who had learned an additional language in the interim had noticeably improved cognitive performance. The results suggested that learning more languages trains the brain to process incoming information more efficiently, resulting in increased performance in other domains. The team also demonstrated the positive effects that follow can occur even in full-grown adults.

So for anyone who didn't bother learning another language, this newest study provides some evidence that you're not just missing out on the ability to speak to the locals on your tour of Mexico City — you're also not training your brain to work more efficiently. Fortunately, the research demonstrates that when it comes to language, it's never to late to teach an old dog new tricks.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, October 4, 2014 4:21 AM

Learning more than one language isn't just good for traveling — it may actually make you better at performing tasks that aren't even related to linguistics. 

recent study in Brain and Language by University of Washington researchers generated this somewhat surprising statistic: Bilingual people are about half a second faster at executing novel instructions, like "add 1 to x, divide y by 2, and sum the results" than their monolingual cousins. 

In short, the approximately 20% of Americans who are bilingual may tend to have better executive functioning — the network of cognitive processes involved in reasoning and problem solving, among others — than the rest of us.

The study: UW's Andrea Stocco and Chantel Prat reached this conclusion by subjecting 17 bilingual and 14 monolingual people to a battery of arithmetic problems, each comprised of a set of operations and two inputs. Pacific Standards' Nathan Collins explains the process involved:

First, participants ran through 40 practice problems using just two operation sets. Next, they went through another 40 problems, this time a mix of 20 new ones, each with a unique set of operations and inputs, and another 20 featuring the previously studied arithmetic operations, but with new inputs for x and y. Finally, the groups worked through 40 more problems, again a mix of familiar and novel, but this time, they completed them inside a fMRI brain scanner.

The good news for those of us who speak only English is that monolinguals evenly matched bilinguals on accuracy and solved the familiar problems just as quickly. But when the bilingual group was asked to complete the novel problems, they beat out the one-language crowd handily. The brain scans show that the basal ganglia, which exhibits influence on the motor system and action selection, was more active when respondents were completing the unfamiliar problems.

The researchers believe the "generalized improvements in cognitive performance" seen among the bilingual crowd indicates their brains are more easily able to adapt between various competing sets of rules, allowing them to adapt more quickly to new situations. Since learning even one language is a tremendously difficult task, Stocco and Prat believe that the process of learning an additional one has long-lasting cognitive benefits.

Other benefits of bilingualism: The study is far from the first to suggest that learning two languages has an array of other benefits for cognitive health. In the U.K.'s famous long-term Lothian Birth Cohort study, language researchers compared 1,100 monolingual 11-year-olds in 1947 to the remaining 843 of the original test subjects some 60-plus years later. 

They found that only those who had learned an additional language in the interim had noticeably improved cognitive performance. The results suggested that learning more languages trains the brain to process incoming information more efficiently, resulting in increased performance in other domains. The team also demonstrated the positive effects that follow can occur even in full-grown adults.

So for anyone who didn't bother learning another language, this newest study provides some evidence that you're not just missing out on the ability to speak to the locals on your tour of Mexico City — you're also not training your brain to work more efficiently. Fortunately, the research demonstrates that when it comes to language, it's never to late to teach an old dog new tricks.

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Day in the Life of a Language Learner

Day in the Life of a Language Learner | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Here’s how I’m studying right now. So far it’s been extremely effective for my specific goals.
I’m studying for a reading proficiency test and ultimately a translation test, so I’m tailoring my efforts toward passing my exams.
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Présentation "Un pantalon à pattes déléphant Des chaussures à talon aiguille Des chaussures à semelle compensé Un jean déchiré avec des épingles de sûreté Une coupe."

Présentation "Un pantalon à pattes déléphant Des chaussures à talon aiguille Des chaussures à semelle compensé Un jean déchiré avec des épingles de sûreté Une coupe." | Language Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Un pantalon à pattes déléphant Des chaussures à talon aiguille Des chaussures à semelle compensé Un jean déchiré avec des épingles de sûreté Une coupe.
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Instructional and Assessment Strategies | Ohio Department of Education

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