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The Social Timeline - Intoloop

The Social Timeline - Intoloop | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

This looks like a great tool to use over the summer holidays to create a digital record of your summer and to keep your English active. It could also be a useful tool to use as an ePortfolio of your learning. Upñoad videos and information into the timeline. Students can describe processes through time, or narrate events.


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How to use Wordle in the Foreign language classroom

How to use Wordle in the Foreign language classroom | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

Uses of Wordle  in the foreign language classroom and how to use it.

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wideo - Anyone can make cool videos. | Technology Enhanced Learning in Teacher Education

wideo - Anyone can make cool videos. | Technology Enhanced Learning in Teacher Education | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

A new tool to make cool videos. You just choose a template, insert objects, animate and share! Go meet Mr. Wideo :) (wideo - Anyone can make cool videos.


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10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom -...

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom -... | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

Using Skype in the classroom shouldn't be a daunting task. In fact, it's a simple and effective education tool that not enough students get to try out!


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Singing, rather than saying, phrases in a foreign language makes them easier to remember

Singing, rather than saying, phrases in a foreign language makes them easier to remember | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

A new study published in the journal in Memory and Cognition, has found that adults learning phrases in Hungarian were better able to match the words with their English counterparts when they learned the phrase by singing it. Lead author, linguist Dr Karen M Ludke of the University of Edinburgh, became interested in whether singing could help in learning a language when she was teaching English as a second language in New York.

 

"I started using a lot of song and music in my lessons, so they could practise when I wasn't around," she says. "Then I started to doubt myself a little bit. I thought, 'Is this scientific?, Is this actually beneficial to use song to teach?'"

 

"I started to look into it, using Google Scholar to find out what research there was out there, and I did find a lot of stuff from teachers [saying it worked], but I couldn't find anything that actually compared singing with a spoken presentation."

 

Ludke decided to answer the question herself and enrolled for a Masters and then a PhD. In her study, sixty people aged between 18 and 29 were split into three groups.

 

One group heard spoken English phrases followed by a spoken Hungarian translation, another group heard the Hungarian phrase being sung, and a third group heard the Hungarian phrases being with the same rhythm as the song, rather like a chant.

 

She says Hungarian was chosen as the test language because it is unfamiliar to most English speakers and it is quite different from both the Germanic languages and the Romance languages such as French and Italian.

 

The study results showed that people who had heard the Hungarian phrases being sung performed significantly better than the other groups. In particular, when they heard the English phrases again they were better able to repeat the correct Hungarian phrase. And they were more likely to be able to translate the Hungarian phrases back into English as well.


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10 Apps to Help Teach Your Kid a Foreign Language

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Learning a new language isn't always easy but foreign language learning apps can help through engaging and interactive content.

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Language learning: the shaky future of study (and work) abroad - The Guardian (blog)

Language learning: the shaky future of study (and work) abroad - The Guardian (blog) | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Language learning: the shaky future of study (and work) abroad The Guardian (blog) As for the private sector, the latest CBI education and skills survey shows that 70% of businesses value foreign language skills in their...
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Ana Veciana-Suarez: Being bilingual doubles the pleasure of language - MiamiHerald.com

Ana Veciana-Suarez: Being bilingual doubles the pleasure of language - MiamiHerald.com | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it
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The same can be said for the use of Portuguese, French or German, Hebrew, Chinese and Arabic.
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Zunal WebQuest Maker

Zunal WebQuest Maker | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

The easiest way to create free WebQuests for your class.


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Pinterest in the Foreign Language Classroom | Foreign language begins with T

Pinterest in the Foreign Language Classroom | Foreign language begins with T | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

If you are wondering how to use Pinterest in the FL classroom or trying to figure out ways to curate information and organize you resources, look no further.


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Includes best usages of technology!

 

You would not believe what foreign language teachers are doing with  Pinterest!

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Talking Pictures: A Free App That Engage Students in Speaking and Listening Activities. : EFL Through iPads

Talking Pictures: A Free App That Engage Students in Speaking and Listening Activities. : EFL Through iPads | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

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How to Join the Foreign Language Twitter Chats | Foreign language begins with T

How to Join the Foreign Language Twitter Chats | Foreign language begins with T | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it

Oh yes! There are conversations on Twitter held by Foreign Language educators every week. The PD and inspiration that can be obtained from them is outstanding. This post is all abut the chats and important language hashtags to know about.


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Learning to talk and talking to learn: how spontaneous teacher-learner interaction in the secondary foreign languages classroom provides greater opportunities for L2 learning.


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Learning to talk and talking to learn: how spontaneous teacher-learner interaction in the secondary foreign languages classroom provides greater opportunities for L2 learning. 

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Cambridge PhD dissertation directed by Michael Evans used action research in German FL classrooms to increase teacher-learner interaction; microgenetic analysis plus participant feedback allowed identification of learning episodes.

 

"In its analysis of spontaneous teacher-learner L2 talk in the secondary foreign languages classroom, the present study captures „in flight‟ instances of learning to talk and talking to learn. The contribution to L2 development of such talk is sufficiently supported by the study‟s empirical findings as to suggest that they might justifiably be projected onto similar 

contexts in instructional settings, with the expectation of similarly positive outcomes." Hawkes, 2012

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Education in America: Make foreign languages mandatory in schools - allvoices

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Education in America: Make foreign languages mandatory in schools
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I took four years of French total: two years in high school and two years in college. For seven years I wrote letters (yes, real letters with envelopes and stamps!
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Are children really better at foreign language learning? - Telegraph.co.uk

Are children really better at foreign language learning? - Telegraph.co.uk | Foreign Language Education | Scoop.it
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Are children really better at foreign language learning?
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Furthermore, if you're studying a popular foreign language like Spanish or French, listeners are used to hearing their language pronounced in foreign accents.
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