The Power of Language
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TOK Ted Talks | Jyoti's Blog

TOK Ted Talks. http://www.ted.com/talks/candy_chang_before_i_die_i_want_to.html · Real life situation: Candy Chang lost a women named Joan who has a mother to her. Examples of the times the speaker makes ...


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Example of turning something abandoned or forgotten into beautiful with powerful words.

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The nine golden rules of using games in the language classroom | Teach them English

The nine golden rules of using games in the language classroom | Teach them English | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
In order to incorporate games into a positive learning experience, teachers need to link games with the outcomes laid out in their curriculum and make sure students understand how they will benefit from the game.

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, August 21, 2013 3:42 AM
Great tips,thank you.
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efficient games in a classroom

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Chris Abani: On humanity | Video on TED.com

Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
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Beautiful, moving, inspirational. Chris Abani is a force to be reckoned with.

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Speaking it in the family - The Guardian

Speaking it in the family - The Guardian | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
Speaking it in the family
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Whether it's a slip of the tongue that becomes a permanent part of the family vernacular or a word invented when all others fail, Kitchen Table Lingo is part of what makes our language so rich and creative.
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Are there certain words in your family that are like a secret handshake? When one uses this vernacular, does it create a sense of belonging? You'll find yourself thinking of certain words or phrases unique to your family.

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Language Wars

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From the first time we step into an English class, we’re told that the rules matter, that they must be followed, that we must know when it’s appropriate to use a comma and what it means to employ the...
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An article focusing on how we are judged based on the way we speak and knowing where and when to use the rules may affect your success. "If 'correct' is only a matter of situation, then what we should really be asking is why we need to be able to use both versions of the sentence. Why should we bother to learn prescriptive English—the grade-school rules—if it isn’t our natural dialect?"

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What Teachers Make Final Moviebk2 0001 - YouTube

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"What do teachers make? I make a difference, now what about you?" Taylor Mali speaks passionately and poetically about the impact teachers can make.

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Jenny Morris's comment, July 18, 2013 11:52 AM
I great reminder of why we do what we do :)
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How many "Englishes" do you speak? Amy Tan reflects on the how the language we use is determined by our audience. An essay that will leave you pondering the "Englishes" you speak.

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Don’t underestimate the power of words

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Who knew it would be a 60-something white woman from the South who would get a large segment of this country — many who’d never considered it before — talking openly about race?
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Carlton Fletcher reflects on language responsibility and the impact of language choices.

"But those of us who are grown-ups have to, at some point, take responsibility for our own lives. And if we’re still using words that have the capacity to hurt other human beings that deeply ... well, I’ll just say those old excuses no longer work for me."

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The power of language | theSundaily

The power of language | theSundaily | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
CURRENT engagements with English language students and teachers in an international university reaffirm my view that regular use of the language – any language – is necessary to reinforce one's proficiency.
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"Continuous reinforcement through reading and listening, speaking and writing is the key to raising one's level of proficiency. Even at the highest levels of competency, consistent use of the language increases one's communicative resources viz vocabulary, expression and discourse skills."

Halimah Mohd Said reinforces that to become language proficient, practice is necessary.

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Emotions in More than One Language

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When bilinguals' childhood lacks of affection, they may prefer to express emotion in their second language.

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Have you ever felt bereft of the words to express your emotions? Thought and discussion-provoking article on bilinguals' choice/preference in finding the language to best express certain emotions.

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WalkerKyleForrest's curator insight, March 21, 2014 10:22 AM

Many children are forced to learn a different language from what they grew up with. With this setback, many of their feeling cannot be seen, in a negative way. But as  they accomadate to their languages, they can begin to comprimise and solve problems, live happily ever after.

BandKids13-14's curator insight, April 3, 2014 10:24 AM

I have met people that aren't from America that speak Spanish, and when they get mad or excited then they speak in their native language. I didn't know that some people didn't do that. It's weird that some people switch languages while they are mad or excited. My mind doesn't even work that fast on my first language. It's amazing how the human mind works.

~Jessica 

shamlabeth's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:35 AM

In some cases when people are able to speak more than one language and they are in pain, in trouble, are sad, or are angry they some times use other languages then the one they grew up learning. Sometimes it is easier expressing yourself using a foreign language. Using a foreign language sometimes  helps expressing yourself easier .~Amanda

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Are You a Language Bully? If So, Give It a Rest.

Are You a Language Bully? If So, Give It a Rest. | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
Can you recite the dictionary definition of peruse from memory? Do you have the etymology of short-lived stored in the recesses of your brain, available at a moment’s notice for impromptu punctuation lesson purposes?
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How language is literally losing its meaning - The Guardian

How language is literally losing its meaning - The Guardian | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
The Guardian How language is literally losing its meaning The Guardian Writers have responded, protesting very convincingly that we are breaking up the English language – we are like so many monkeys tossing around a Ming vase, the richest cultural...
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Language in an Age of Seamlessness

Language in an Age of Seamlessness | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
What happens to conversation when everyone’s using a different device?

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"In person he was warm and open, but over the phone—we mainly texted back and forth—he was a fortress. My texts said: I’m clever and interesting and thoughtful and I like you but I’m definitely not desperate. His texts said: K."

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More than Words: What Your Students Need to Know About Body Language

More than Words: What Your Students Need to Know About Body Language | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
While words may be our main focus as ESL teachers, for the student who truly wishes to communicate with ease, we have to go deeper. Body language and nonverbal clues are extremely important

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soft language

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A phrase coined by comedian George Carlin to describe euphemistic expressions that
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George Carlin brilliantly pointed out the absurdities of the English language.

"Americans have trouble facing the truth. So they invent a kind of a soft language to protect themselves from it. . . ."

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Becky Schivley Mather's comment, July 16, 2013 9:49 AM
Really... why do we complicate things with all of these ostentatious terms??
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Spoken-word fireworks | TED Playlists | TED

Spoken-word fireworks | TED Playlists | TED | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
Brave and beautiful expressions from some of the world's most talented spoken-word performers, who weave stories in words and gestures.
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I couldn't help but include this captivating poem by Sarah Kay. I feel in analyzing the power of language, we should also feel it's power by listening to it's beauty and profound ability to move us.

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Melissa Shasteen's comment, July 14, 2013 9:46 PM
I love this! I heard it at a reading conference by Kelly Gallagher and the writing activity that he discussed to go along with it was great. He suggested having students pick a phrase or line and then going off and writing their own poem/story using that line. It would be neat to see what students come up with!
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Activities_ThePowerofLanguage.pdf

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Discussion-provoking lesson plan focusing on increasing "awareness of the words that are chosen to describe people and the effects these words can have." Adaptable for classes discussing stereotypes, negative and positive connotations, labeling, self-awareness, and identity.

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HUMAN MATTERS: Teach your children that language is power

HUMAN MATTERS: Teach your children that language is power | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
2010. My son is 8, and in the second grade. I am driving him to school. He is in the back seat, lost in his Nintendo DS game device. Suddenly a long-suffering sigh wafts up into the front seat.
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Steven Kalas colloquially reflects on the importance of becoming responsible for our language choices. "Responsible use of words means teaching decorum. Know your audience. Respect is the most important rule."

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PeopleFirstLanguage-2.pdf

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Joan Blaska, Ph.D. states "The words or phrases people speak and write plus the order in which they are sequenced greatly affects the images that are formed about individuals with disabilities and the negative or positive impressions that result." Blaska focuses on the importance of using "person first" which "demonstrates respect for people with disabilities by referring to them first as individuals, and then referring to their disability when it is needed."

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Retronyms: Scourge of the Language or Helpful Tool? :: Quick and ...

Retronyms: Scourge of the Language or Helpful Tool? :: Quick and ... | The Power of Language | Scoop.it
Why we talk about thing such as white milk, black raisins, and gin martinis.
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I hadn't heard of retronyms until I read this article. Interesting look at our need to be specific with language.

"The term retronym was coined by Frank Mankiewicz, a former NPR president and Robert Kennedy aide, after he heard a football broadcaster refer to grass as “natural turf.” Once you become attuned to retronyms, you’ll find them everywhere. Snow skiing as opposed to water skiing. A conventional oven as opposed to a microwave oven."

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Jenny Morris's comment, July 18, 2013 11:51 AM
And I thought idioms were humorous yet sometimes confusing!