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(TOOL) (PDF) - Translation and language learning: The role of translation in the teaching of languages in the European Union | europa.eu

"The active promotion of a Europe that is multilingual and multicultural largely requires that individual citizens be plurilingual or polyglot. This requires the learning of languages, but not only that. The European Council, meeting in Barcelona in March 2002, called for ‘action to improve the mastery of basic skills, in particular by teaching at least two foreign languages from a very early age’. This ‘Barcelona objective’ was then the basis for the 2003 Action Plan Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity, where the improvement of language teaching was recognised as a major element in achieving that aim. This was followed in 2006 by a report on The main pedagogical principles underlying the teaching of languages to very young learners, which offered a review of current research on language learning. In 2007 the European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning mentioned ‘mediation’ in passing but conceptualised language proficiency in terms of the four traditional basic language skills. Also in 2007 there was a more general report on The diversity of language teaching in the European Union.

Meanwhile, data on progress in language learning have been collected in the Eurydice reports on Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe (2005, 2008, 2012), in the Eurobarometer reports Europeans and their Languages (2006, 2012), which include information on the most common and effective ways of learning a language, and in ..."


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New Lingua.ly Mobile App Turns Real World Environment Into Engaging Language Learning Opportunity

New Lingua.ly Mobile App Turns Real World Environment Into Engaging Language Learning Opportunity | French | Scoop.it

BALA CYNWYD, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/

Mobile App Turns Everyday Content Into Fun and Easy Language Education Experience

Lingua.ly, a cross-platform solution that draws on a user's environment and interests to create a personalized language learning experience, announced today the launch of its free Android app. The new app teaches beginner through advanced learners by turning everyday content into fun and easy language practice, supporting the educational philosophy that language is learnt best via immersion rather than through traditional textbooks and lesson plans.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140401/678750 ;)

As users read foreign content on their mobile devices and highlight unknown words, Lingua.ly leverages a smart mobile dictionary to provide word translation. The app then uses those words to provide personalized games and flashcards with audio, contextual and visual cues to help learners commit the unknown words to memory - a fun and seamless way to learn a language. This is the first time that an app offers a mobile dictionary that is integrated with a language learning system, benefitting classroom-based students and language app enthusiasts alike. The mobile dictionary enables users to search for and learn words in over 20 different languages.

"We're part of a new paradigm with mobile technology poised to change the landscape of language learning," said Dr. Jan Ihmels, Chief Executive Officer of Lingua.ly. "People learn better when they're engaged - supplementing foreign language courses with real world content enriches the experience making language more memorable."

Lingua.ly has an existing multi-national user base for its browser extension solution on Google Chrome and is synergized with the mobile app - so if users want to reference a word previously looked up on the browser extension they can via the mobile app. The technology that drives both the browser extension and new mobile app learns the interests and skill level of users through their word bank and online activity. It is then able to recognize which reading material is a match and serve personalized, current, web-based content in the form of articles, blog posts, short-stories, and more - making Lingua.ly's solution the perfect bootstrap for the multitude of learners stranded on the "intermediate plateau." The personalized content can be served in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew.


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BALA CYNWYD, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/

Mobile App Turns Everyday Content Into Fun and Easy Language Education Experience

Lingua.ly, a cross-platform solution that draws on a user's environment and interests to create a personalized language learning experience, announced today the launch of its free Android app. The new app teaches beginner through advanced learners by turning everyday content into fun and easy language practice, supporting the educational philosophy that language is learnt best via immersion rather than through traditional textbooks and lesson plans.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140401/678750 )

As users read foreign content on their mobile devices and highlight unknown words, Lingua.ly leverages a smart mobile dictionary to provide word translation. The app then uses those words to provide personalized games and flashcards with audio, contextual and visual cues to help learners commit the unknown words to memory - a fun and seamless way to learn a language. This is the first time that an app offers a mobile dictionary that is integrated with a language learning system, benefitting classroom-based students and language app enthusiasts alike. The mobile dictionary enables users to search for and learn words in over 20 different languages.

"We're part of a new paradigm with mobile technology poised to change the landscape of language learning," said Dr. Jan Ihmels, Chief Executive Officer of Lingua.ly. "People learn better when they're engaged - supplementing foreign language courses with real world content enriches the experience making language more memorable."

Lingua.ly has an existing multi-national user base for its browser extension solution on Google Chrome and is synergized with the mobile app - so if users want to reference a word previously looked up on the browser extension they can via the mobile app. The technology that drives both the browser extension and new mobile app learns the interests and skill level of users through their word bank and online activity. It is then able to recognize which reading material is a match and serve personalized, current, web-based content in the form of articles, blog posts, short-stories, and more - making Lingua.ly's solution the perfect bootstrap for the multitude of learners stranded on the "intermediate plateau." The personalized content can be served in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew.

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XDiscovery launch mobile app to learn in seconds with visual knowledge maps for 4 million topics
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Michelle's curator insight, October 14, 2014 3:40 PM

M-learning had grown a lot in the last couple of years. Check out this article about an app called Lingua.ly.

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How smartphone apps are revolutionising language learning

How smartphone apps are revolutionising language learning | French | Scoop.it
When the iPhone launched in 2007, few could have predicted the impact it would have on education. One of the most powerful developments in education has been the arrival of language learning apps.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, April 29, 2014 11:16 AM

Regardless of which device you use, one of the main drivers in the mobile learning revolution is the sheer number of apps that are available from different app stores. In May 2013, the number of apps downloaded from the iTunes App store alone reached 50 billion. And the wealth of options is particularly notable for language apps.

The most famous language learning apps are probably DuoLingo and Busuu but there are plenty more to choose from because the nature of the smartphone makes it ideal for absorbing language and honing language skills.

Smartphones speak your language

Digital language learning has of course been popular for years but the features of a smartphone are fuelling a shift away from the traditional listen and reply CDs of old. Responsive touch screens, enhanced text entry, high-quality image, audio and video recording, editing, and sharing, voice recognition, storage, connectivity, and GPS all bring together the multi-sensory experience that makes for effective language acquisition.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-smartphone-apps-revolutionising-language.html#jCp

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Next-Gen World Language Learning (Infographic)

Next-Gen World Language Learning (Infographic) | French | Scoop.it
"Blended learning programs that incorporate proven educational software such as Rosetta Stone increase access and also address issues of cost effectiveness in the 'new normal' economy."

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 12, 2013 8:59 PM

Take a look at this infographic that discusses next generation of language learning might entail. This infographic provides a preview of a white paper to be released in the next week titled "The Next Generation of Language Learning". The sections in the infographic include:

* Why a second language is important

* Design principles next-gen language learning

* Blended language models

Drora Arussy's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:43 AM

The one thing that almost everyone can agree on is that multiple languages are important. My grandparents all spoke at least 4 langauges and they were not overly educated - it is the price of functioning in a multi-ethnic world and  isn't it wonderful? The how is what we need to focus on - how to fund, how to teach effectively, how to integrate technology effectively...

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Learning Languages on Your Own

Konstantin Andreev gives an introduction to the secrets of learning language on your own. Information about language courses and programmes on Dalarna Univer...
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Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity? | French | Scoop.it

Did Hemmingway's foreign language abilities help him write books like The Sun Also Rises and win a Nobel Prize in literature? Research suggests it certainly didn't hurt. Creativity, though, is ultimately what you make of it....


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, March 20, 2014 1:19 PM
Did Hemmingway's foreign language abilities help him write books like The Sun Also Rises and win a Nobel Prize in literature? Research suggests it certainly didn't hurt. Creativity, though, is ultimately what you make of it....
Tandoo Barcelona's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:23 PM

That is an interesting question. What do you think?

We are sure that Tandoos are quite creative :) (Wiebke)

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Tim Ferriss Language Learning Creative Live

Tim Ferriss on Creative Live - Language Learning - Kick Starting Nine Languages with Four Sentences. Tim Recommends Michele Thomas Language Learning http://a...
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DuoLingo: Cool Language-Learning Mobile App

DuoLingo: Cool Language-Learning Mobile App | French | Scoop.it

Bilingual-aspiring adults, who are looking to learn Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese or Italian, will be glad to learn about the free and cool mobile app, DuoLingo.


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How to learn any language in six months: Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLingnanUniversity

Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior tea...
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Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game

Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game | French | Scoop.it
Deadway is a language-learning classroom role-playing game about rebuilding hope in a post-apocalyptic world. In this game your students will band together in small groups to forge a new society in...

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Judith Morais's curator insight, April 25, 2014 6:37 AM

Writing of course is just one of many authentic skills developed in these type of game based activities. 

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A Framework for Developing Self-Directed Technology Use for Language Learning

A Framework for Developing Self-Directed Technology Use for Language Learning | French | Scoop.it

Perceived support from teachers and peers, self-regulation skills, and confidence in the selection and use of technology effectively impacted technology use mainly through strengthening perceived compatibility and usefulness. The findings suggest that attitudinal factors deserve much greater attention than currently given in promoting language learners’ self-directed use of technology.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:34 PM

Good to see a bit more research in this area.

Doug MacLachlan's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:52 PM

Interested to learn more about the attitudinal factors.

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Technology and Language Learning Pt 2

Technology and Language Learning Pt 2 | French | Scoop.it
Technology and Language Learning Part Two with Phil Keegan, Will Corner and Oliver Hipkins, and featuring the second part of the interview with Nik Peachey.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:07 AM

The second part of my interview with Phil Kegan from Katherine & King's College of London. In this part we talk about a lot of different sites for supporting language learning.

Mack James's curator insight, June 20, 2013 10:49 PM

Technology can assisst student who are English Language Learners (ELL)

Mack James's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:04 PM

Amazing how technology cna help student with English as their second language

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French Ambassador stresses value of learning new language

French Ambassador stresses value of learning new language | French | Scoop.it

A new language can become the key to a better career and life.


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A new language can become the key to a better career and life.
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Hacking language learning: Benny Lewis at TEDxWarsaw

"Some people just don't have the language learning gene." To prove that this statement is patently untrue is Benny Lewis's life mission. A monoglot till afte...
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How To Use Smartphones For Language Learning - Edudemic

How To Use Smartphones For Language Learning - Edudemic | French | Scoop.it

"“Have you mastered what we are working on?”

 

I am working on trying to balance the need to know that my students ‘have it’ with the practical realities of a modern language class. For that reason I have been looking at more and more choice in not only what language students use to demonstrate learning but also in how they do it. This year I have been making more use of the ‘quick conversation’ as a means of measuring learning. So an interaction, recorded on the phone, and then forwarded to me is a new way to offer some formative assessment."

 


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Phraseum - language learning online

Phraseum - language learning online | French | Scoop.it
A web clipping app for language learning. Discover, clip, organize and remember useful foreign language phrases and collocations while browsing the web.

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Accelerate Language Learning Speed with 2 GREAT Techniques

Get my Free eBooks now! http://coolifedesign.com/get-my-free-ebooks-now/ Accelerate language learning speed with 2 GREAT techniques. In this video I'm explai...
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