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Canadian Modern Language Review : What is the best age to learn a second/foreign language?


Carmen Muñoz
University of Barcelona
munoz@ub.edu

The answer to the question, ‘what is the best age to learn a second/foreign language?’ is ‘it depends.’ It depends on who is learning, where, in what teaching/learning conditions, and with what aims. Below, I outline some of the advantages and challenges that belong to the different stages of the life course.

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 21, 7:03 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Learning a second language in the information age

Learning a second language in the information age | TELT | 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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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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Learner-centred EFL with young German learners | VISIR

Learner-centred EFL with young German learners | VISIR | TELT | Scoop.it

Students explore and evaluate independently the improvement of their own learning via the use of digital media in concrete learning settings. This project is realised within the framework of “Karlsruhe – Stadt der jungen Forscher” (Karlsruhe – City of young researchers) an initiative of the Körber-Stiftung, Deutsche Telekom and Robert Bosch Stiftung.


At the beginning of the project the students identified problems regarding their learning processes and developed ideas how those problems could be solved through the use of digital media. 3 concrete scenarios were developed for testing.

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Learning from international experiences with interactive whiteboards: Hennessy & London 2013

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Key findings (p. 11):

- IWBs as such have no transformative power on pedagogy

- Professional learning about IWBs and their effective use takes time

- Because their impact on pupils is mediated by their use by teachers, there are no robust, clear-cut positive effects on learning associated with IWBs as such

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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 | TELT | 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 | TELT | 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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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

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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 if can afford.

 

Design Driver:  Users, Devices, Learning, Ecology


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Asynchronous, self-actuated, playful ... why mobile learning outdoes the traditional classroom
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MimicDotOrg's curator insight, July 19, 2013 11:28 PM

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

 

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Learning on the move!

 

Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, February 2, 2014 6:06 PM

12 Principios para tomar en cuenta sobre m-learning.

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Research on teaching vocabulary: Paul Nation

Research on teaching vocabulary: Paul Nation | TELT | Scoop.it

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Paul Nation has a huge number of publications on vocabulary, particularly in relation to second language learning and teaching.  Many of the older articles are available for free download.

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Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages | Portail UOH

Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages | Portail UOH | TELT | 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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Hack(ing) School(ing): Make students curators

Hack(ing) School(ing): Make students curators | TELT | Scoop.it
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Leslie M-B is assistant professor of history in Idaho and has this thought-provoking post on using collaborative digital projects to improve the teaching and learning of history:

"To move beyond the era of content standards, we need to acknowledge—and convey to our teacher candidates—that one need not be an expert in a content area in order to teach it.  We already see this attitude in English classes, where the  literary canon has been in flux for some time. As an English teacher, I wouldn’t need to be an acknowledged expert on, or even a specialist in, Huckleberry Finn to teach it to junior high school students. Instead, I’d need to know how a novel works; I’d need to know how plot, characters, conflict, and other literary devices combine.  Knowing the history is necessary, too, but information about what was going on in the U.S. at the time Twain wrote his novel is only an internet search away.  I need not have learned it at some fixed point way back in tenth grade and filed it away until I required it in my own classroom teaching."

Much of this is of course directly applicable to the language classroom.

Via Robin Good
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How to turn students into curators.

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We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing, but they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access any social media, but rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we could start thinking about what is possible and lobbying for change.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:18 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. Using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing. But they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any age, and any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access social media. But rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we should start thinking about what is possible, and lobbying for change. Could you use a Scoop.it collection as an assessment task?

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Language learning difficulty infographic

Language learning difficulty infographic | TELT | Scoop.it
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Which languages are hardest for English speakers to learn? Why? How long will it take you to learn?
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Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing

Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing | TELT | 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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StudyStream - The Future of Language Learning

StudyStream - The Future of Language Learning | TELT | 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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The Two Faces of SLA: VanPatten 2010

Language consists of two broad domains: (1) mental representation, and (2) skill (use), although within each domain there are separable sub-domains (e.g., syntax, phonology, lexicon, semantics, and so on in mental representation; and reading, writing, speaking, and so on, in skill). The implications of such a view are that the development of different parts of language may respond to different stimuli in the environment. What is more, some domains may be more or less amenable to explicit instruction and practice while others are stubborn or resistant to external influences.

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VanPatten argues against explicit grammar instruction (making the no-interface argument, pace DeKeyser)

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Try this it works! No.1: Practice makes perfect.

Try this it works! No.1: Practice makes perfect. | TELT | Scoop.it
when I was a kid and trying to learn the guitar my dad used to tell me that if I practised something for half and hour, I'd be half an hour better at it than someone who didn't.
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Nice piece on role of practice in language learning (and teaching), with references.

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English needs of young European adults: research survey, Newcastle

English needs of young European adults: research survey, Newcastle | TELT | Scoop.it

This research project aims to provide a broad summary of current student and teacher perceptions of the contemporary English language needs of young adults in Europe, and the implications of this for ELT.

If you are an English language teacher (i.e., ELT / TESOL) working in Europe, you can help by completing a short questionnaire which should take you approximately twenty minutes. Find out more >>

If you are a young adult (18-24 years old) English language learner in Europe, and/or a young adult in Europe who uses English as a second, additional or foreign language, or as an international Lingua Franca, you can help by completing a short questionnaire which should take you approximately twenty minutes. Find out more >>

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Graham Hall of Northumbria University is circulating this survey to English language teachers and learners in Europe.

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Classic article from Allwright: Why don't learners learn what teachers teach?


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Research into practice: Vocabulary (Nation, 2011)

Research into practice: Vocabulary (Nation, 2011) | TELT | Scoop.it

This article is a personal view of the application of research on vocabulary to teaching and how there are three different types or categories of relationship between that research and the teaching to which it is applied: first, where the research is not applied or not applied well, second, where it is reasonably well applied, and third, where it is over-applied. For each of these three categories, I look at what I consider to be the most important areas of research and suggest why they fit into that category. The topics covered include planning vocabulary courses, distinguishing high frequency and low frequency words, extensive reading, the deliberate learning of vocabulary, academic vocabulary and vocabulary teaching.

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Here are my bullet points from reading this article which summarises recent research into L2 vocabulary acquisition for language teachers.

 

- there two types of vocabulary: high frequency and low frequency (Zipf's law - there is no middle ground).  ESL learners need to meet high frequency words often, and learn strategies to tackle low frequency words

 

- extensive (rather than intensive) reading with graded readers works for high frequency words; learners can be encouraged in this if initial class time is devoted to a "proper extensive reading program" (p. 532)

 

- bilingual word cards - "deliberate decontextualised rote learning of vocabulary" - is effective for long-term learning and acquisition of implicit knowledge (p. 533)  though should be viewed as a "support" rather than an "alternative to communicative learning"

 

- although deliberate learning is effective, deliberate teaching does not mean deliberate learning - studies often show less than half of taught words were learned via vocabulary exercises

 

Nation recommends paying attention to vocabulary learning via extensive graded reading and independent learning with bilingual word cards, rather than devoting class time to intensive reading and vocabulary exercises.

 

He recommends this research paper:

Elgort, I. (2011). Deliberate learning and vocabulary acquisition in a second language. Language Learning, 61.2, 367–413.

 

and this website: The Compleat Lexical Tutor http://www.lextutor.ca/

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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 by language learning bloggers which he found inspirational in 2012.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:31 AM

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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Listening Activities: Adult learning activities

Listening Activities: Adult learning activities | TELT | 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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CI484-Learning-Technologies - Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism & Connectivism

CI484-Learning-Technologies - Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism & Connectivism | TELT | Scoop.it

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A nice overview page on 4 theories of learning.

[The instructional design wiki was created by the summer 2011 class of CI484 at University of Illinois-Urbana as part of the Curriculum, Technology and Educational Reform (CTER) Master's program]

 

Via Ana Cristina Pratas

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Learn 40 Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More

Learn 40 Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More | TELT | Scoop.it

"Download free language lessons. Collection features audio lessons in 40 languages including Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic..."

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Flow: Motivating People to Learn

Flow: Motivating People to Learn | TELT | Scoop.it
"Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., psychologist and author of the book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, describes what schools and parents can do to promote optimal learning experiences."

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What about teaching and learning foreign languages? Can teachers create contexts for flow in the language classroom? What would flow look like for language learners? Would they learn better?
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