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Technology can sometimes be wasted on English language teaching

Technology can sometimes be wasted on English language teaching | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
We are now 12 years into the new millennium and technology has become a prime element of almost all English language teaching (ELT) conferences and journals around the world. Yet, when we look for real improvements ...
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Language courses pay dividends for vineyard workers, businesses - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Language courses pay dividends for vineyard workers, businesses - Santa Rosa Press Democrat | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Language courses pay dividends for vineyard workers, businesses
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Agricultural businesses and wine producers like Sonoma-Cutrer are trying to close the language gap in vineyards, warehouses and farms throughout the county.
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the US taking foreign languages more seriously. 

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Is Music a Language? - Pacific Standard

Is Music a Language? - Pacific Standard | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Is Music a Language?
Pacific Standard
At Johns Hopkins University, a team of researchers recently came up with a way to study the neurological basis of musical exchange by watching the brain activity of jazz improvisors.
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Less people in NZ studying languages - 3News NZ

Less people in NZ studying languages - 3News NZ | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Less people in NZ studying languages
3News NZ
Experts are warning that a country that only learns its own language could face big problems down the track. Hanatour in Takapuna is an international Korean travel company.
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fewer people!

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UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn

UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council today.
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Don't poke fun at Indian accents, tourism chiefs tell British hotels - Telegraph.co.uk

Don't poke fun at Indian accents, tourism chiefs tell British hotels - Telegraph.co.uk | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Don't poke fun at Indian accents, tourism chiefs tell British hotels Telegraph.co.uk While Belgians should not be asked about their country's politics or language divisions, a Japanese tourist should never be told 'no' directly but...
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interesting approach - but isn't it better to support English people in becoming more respectful and increasing their understanding of "otherness"

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Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart? - WWNO

Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart? - WWNO | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?
WWNO
And what will happen is that if - when you imagine two large language communities living next door to each other, one of those languages is continually sort of outcompeting the other.
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interesting insights from science

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Teachers increase use of social media as a learning tool - N.C. State University Technician Online

Teachers increase use of social media as a learning tool - N.C. State University Technician Online | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Teachers increase use of social media as a learning tool
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these users found relative advantage and thought carefully about which tools were most appropriate for them.

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the core messages of #web2llp are here too.

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Sketchnote Lesson: Metaphors

Sketchnote Lesson: Metaphors | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
A fun way to build your visual vocabulary is to explore metaphors and clichés. While you should minimize the use of clichés in writing, they frequently show up in speech, and drawing them can make your sketchnotes more visually interesting.
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a creative suggestion to help with remembering expressions, this could be used in #mfl too

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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter...

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter... | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Great tips. MT @justintarte: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter: http://t.co/aMahH2cLiN #ce13 #EdTech
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great tips to get you started with twitter.

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EUROCALL 2014

EUROCALL 2014 | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
RT @mickstout: EUROCALL 2014 in the Netherlands next August http://t.co/umLvDFHj8k
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#mfltwitterati next year's #eurocall venue.

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Languages, camera, action: using film to inspire your students - The Guardian (blog)

Languages, camera, action: using film to inspire your students - The Guardian (blog) | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Languages, camera, action: using film to inspire your students The Guardian (blog) Those of us involved in teaching languages – and anyone who's experienced the satisfaction derived from mastering another language – will find...
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Gary Lineker kickstarts language learning in schools - The Guardian

Gary Lineker kickstarts language learning in schools - The Guardian | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
The Guardian Gary Lineker kickstarts language learning in schools The Guardian Flynn said that the school will select 30 of its keenest language enthusiasts to receive the competition's resources and will guide them through the year's worth of...
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one of our celebrity language champion nominees at work. 

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Digital Indians: What is the future of the language web? - BBC News

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BBC News
Digital Indians: What is the future of the language web?
BBC News
Will the web ever be friendly to languages other than English?
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vital we have a plurilingual web.

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Schools need to vary language teaching amid 'predominance of French', report ... - Irish Times

Schools need to vary language teaching amid 'predominance of French', report ... - Irish Times | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Schools need to vary language teaching amid 'predominance of French', report ...
Irish Times
The document also suggests reforms in further and higher education, and greater take-up of foreign exchange programmes.
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Conclusions from Irish consultation.
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Social media boon to those with speech-language difficulties - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Social media boon to those with speech-language difficulties - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Social media boon to those with speech-language difficulties Scoop.co.nz (press release) Dr Bowen is also involved in the International Communication Project 2014 which aims to highlight the importance of human communication and how communication...
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America Has a New Language - Guardian Liberty Voice

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Guardian Liberty Voice
America Has a New Language
Guardian Liberty Voice
Many foreign language advocates have stressed the value of language learning, which they believe helps to expand cultural understanding.
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I would think that a combination of foreign language study and computer programming language study would be preferable.

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New standards for autism support unveiled - Nursery World (subscription)

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New standards for autism support unveiled
Nursery World (subscription)
In England it is estimated that one in 100 people suffer from an autistic spectrum disorder, which can impair social interaction and communication.
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English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul - The Japan Times

English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul - The Japan Times | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul The Japan Times Robert Aspinall, a professor at Shiga University and author of the 2012 book “International Education Policy in Japan in an Age of Globalisation and Risk,” describes his...
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International students: how to teach them alongside native speakers - The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog)
International students: how to teach them alongside native speakers
The Guardian (blog)
Teaching students for whom English is a second language can be a highly rewarding experience, resulting in a cultural learning exchange.
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Telecollaboration in historical spaces

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presentation from @sensor #cmc 

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Lack of language skills hurts our employment chances - Irish Independent

Lack of language skills hurts our employment chances - Irish Independent | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Lack of language skills hurts our employment chances
Irish Independent
... been very successful at promoting language learning.
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Learn 1,000 foreign words, UK urged

Learn 1,000 foreign words, UK urged | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
A new campaign is aiming to encourage everyone in the UK to learn at least 1,000 words of another language to improve job skills.
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rise to the language challenge!

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Keynote presentations from EUROCALL 2013 | TELT

Keynote presentations from EUROCALL 2013 | TELT | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Links to video recordings of keynotes by Ana Gimeno, Chris Jones & Thierry Chanier from this month's EuroCALL conference in Evora, Portugual.
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the 20th Eurocall conference plenary anounced that greater participation from #mfl teachers would be encouraged. #mfltwitterati

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Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code - Wired

Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code - Wired | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code
Wired
J. Paul Gibson began to teach programming classes for teens out of frustration.
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unfortunate framing of this news item. coding is indeed a relevant skill for young people and also supports developing pattern spotting and accuracy , however why replace langs and music? this adversarial position is not helpful. We need access to all these opportunities.

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We speak your language, English clubs tell foreign fans - Reuters

We speak your language, English clubs tell foreign fans - Reuters | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk We speak your language, English clubs tell foreign fans Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City and Liverpool announced an expansion of their social media presence on Thursday with more local language websites and Twitter...
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football understands the importance of reaching a global market through multilingual communication,

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