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Learning a second language in the information age

Learning a second language in the information age | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb a new language in the early childhood years.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 21, 2015 4:41 AM

15 minute audio with

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Stanford Language Center at Stanford University.

Marty Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a non-profit organization seeking to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.

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The case for language learning | Education | The Guardian

The case for language learning | Education | The Guardian | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Join the national debate on the importance of language learning and help us put languages back on the agenda. All content in this series is editorially independent and paid for by the British Academy.
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Anglophones worry about not learning any languages, while non-anglophones struggle to learn English.

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Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes - Anne Merritt

Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes - Anne Merritt | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Learning a new foreign language is never easy – but it's a lot harder if you fall into these five common traps, says Anne Merritt.
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1. Not listening enough

2. Lack of curiosity

3. Rigid thinking

4. A single method

5. Fear

 

In my experience, "dealing with uncertainty" (#3) and "fear of bungling" (#5) are common among many university learners.

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22 Great Posts For Language Learners from 2012 | The Everyday Language Learner

Aaron G Myers presents an annotated list of posts language learning bloggers which he found inspirational in 2012.

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During a week of phonetics orals for EFL students at my university, it's nice to see more ideas to help learners get out there and make progress ...

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Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages | Portail UOH

Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages | Portail UOH | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Four approaches to teaching and learning languages are presented first in terms of general learning and then with respect to language-specific theories. The resource is relevant to undergraduate and graduate students of foreign languages and/or linguistics and may be used in pre- or in-service training of language teachers at all levels (primary, secondary, university). Major figures and key concepts are presented for each theory, and learning activities are proposed throughout, including illustrations from the second language classroom. Comprehension of the material can be checked via quizzes and reflective activities, and a timeline affords a chronological overview of the resource.

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Stop and Learn English

Stop and Learn English | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Lots of EFL materials and tools for self-study (interactive objects, podcasts, videochat) aimed at Spanish learners but accessible to all.

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Language Mastery | How to Learn Any Language through Self-Guided Immersion

Language Mastery | How to Learn Any Language through Self-Guided Immersion | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Serial language learner John Fotheringham has this site on (for?) autonomous second language learning.  Podcasts, videos, product reviews ... encouragement and support for learners of any language.

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StudyStream - The Future of Language Learning

StudyStream - The Future of Language Learning | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

New site for language learning: videos, articles, exercises.  Specify your native language and choose from Spanish, Italian, and one or two more.

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Play the Great Language Game: It’s Fun and Free

Play the Great Language Game: It’s Fun and Free | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Are you ready to play The Great Language Game? This online game 'challenges you to distinguish between some eighty or so languages [see a list here] based on their sound alone. In each game you're allowed three mistakes, which are kept for you to study at the end.
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Susan's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:18 AM

How good is your ear for picking out the language being spoken?  Give this game a try! #foreignlanguages

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How To Teach And Learn A Language Via Video Chat - Edudemic

How To Teach And Learn A Language Via Video Chat - Edudemic | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Connecting with other learners can always be a useful tool - and for language learning, connecting with native speakers of the target language is just about the best practice you can get.

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Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 – bab.la & Lexiophiles

Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 – bab.la & Lexiophiles | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Worldwide ranking of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 including a short blog description and a link to every language lover.
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Listening Activities: Adult learning activities

Listening Activities: Adult learning activities | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Choose a topic and improve your listening skills!

 

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The California Distance Learning Project created these resources, allowing adult learners to read and listen to texts, and complete additional exercises.


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10 Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner

10 Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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Aaron Myers of the Everyday Language Learner website thinks language learners need to take time to to reflect on the learning process by reading others' accounts of learning new languages, using Abraham Lincoln's remark about making sure the saw is sharp before trying to fell a tree.  He offers links to blogs by learners, including polyglots and linguistics students.

 

The Everyday Language Learner site also has lots of links and resources for language learners.


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Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing

Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

An example of the second language acquisition concept of "noticing," where learners see a gap between their own interlanguage and the target language, or come to understand a new target language feature.

 

This university learner also talks about her learning strategies for translation between two foreign languages, and how they developed over time.

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700 reasons to study languages | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

700 reasons to study languages | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Arguments in favour of learning foreign languages, with references, from the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies at the University of Southampton.

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