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How One School Is Using Blues Music To Teach Science And English

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TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and...

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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 | Romeo and Juliet |

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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Romeo and Juliet in a Minute

Romeo and Juliet - Technology Option Paige Thomas Mackenzie VanZee Adrianna Acebo Amanda Aurigemma.
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The synod on the family and love at first sight - National Catholic Reporter (blog)

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But one day on the St. Leonard Bridge in Alencon, France, Zélie discovered her vocation: Louis.
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Political theatre, political pain - The Economist

Political theatre, political pain - The Economist | Romeo and Juliet |
That pain would have further reduced the popularity of an already unpopular law with an already troubled history of implementation, enabling a great deal of political theatre just before the mid-term elections.
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How to teach English using music

How to teach English using music | Romeo and Juliet |
If have you ever wanted to teach using songs, here are few ideas how to organize a lesson. When it comes to teaching English (or any other language for that matter) you have to plan your lesson car...

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10 Tips For Learning Any Language

10 Tips For Learning Any Language | Romeo and Juliet |
When it comes to learning a language, some people feel like it’s an innate ability: they either have it or they don’t. However, in most areas around the world, learning 2-4 languages is just normal. It’s not that these people have better brains, it’s that for them it’s not geographically optional. Anyone at any age can learn a new language, and if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been toying with the idea. So roll up your sleeves, grab some coffee and let’s jump into what you need to know to pick up any language.

1. No, You Are Not Too Old

There’s this idea that kids can pick up a language so easily and for adults, it’s nearly impossible. This is simply not true. In fact, the opposite – that adults are much more adept at picking up a language – is backed up by more than one study. That’s because adults understand how language works. Your two-year-old toddler might learn the vocabulary for ‘dog’ or ‘ball’ much easier than you, but they still won’t be able to string them into grammatically correct sentences for years. You can do that within a year.

2. Set Goals That are Realistic

The biggest problem when people learn a language is that at first they are all amped up for it, and about 2-5 chapters in realize just how hard this is going to be. That moment, where your brain feels like pudding and you can’t quite believe you’ll ever understand the language, is when most people pack it in. Don’t give up now! Just take it easy.

First understand it will take at least a year (likely longer) to become well versed your new language. You have 12 months. This week, just learn 50 new words. Just name everything in your house. Put sticky notes on your appliances until you can name them all from memory. The next week you learn 50 more words. The next week, mix in some phrases with said words. Mix in grammar, mix in past tenses and future tenses and all of a sudden it will be six months later and “Ce ne était pas facile, mais il a été enrichissante” will start to make sense.

3. Don’t Sweat the Order of Words, Play With Them

In many languages words, phrases and even numbers get switched around like some alphabetical jigsaw puzzle. In Arabic the possessive for ‘I’ often goes at the end of a noun (example: sayaara = car and sayaarati = my car), in Luganda when you say ’30′ you are literally saying “three tens” or amakumi asatu (ssatu being the root word for ‘three’).

If you spend time analyzing why this might be, or how this could ever make sense, you’ll never get anywhere. Rather, learn how to think in the logic of your new language. Use phrases in English that would be grammatically correct in your new language, and play with them throughout the day to get used to your brain working forwards and backwards.

4. Don’t Skimp on Learning Writing

Okay, so this is a huge one that I’ve also been guilty of myself. When I learned Arabic, it was through casual spoken conversation while living in the Middle East. I never picked up the letters that well because I thought learning to speak was far more important. But what I didn’t realize is that spelling is an innate part of language learning. That’s because, according to a linguist friend of mine, “When you have two ‘anchors’ keeping vocabulary in your head, you are far more likely to retain it.” Once I learned to spell in Arabic, I could reference what the word looked like and was far better at retention.

5. Learn About the Culture to Understand the Language

You will not understand the language without understanding a culture, because often culture is innately imbued into everyday words and everyday slang. Learning about the basic guiding principles of a culture will help you understand why everyday expressions or exclamations are formulated the way they are.

6. Learn for Free

Don’t go buy Rosetta Stone and spend a couple hundred dollars on classrooms. Rather, learn your language online for free. There are a number of ways to do this. There are youtube videos where native speakers will happily teach a language. The Foreign Service Institute offers a free course designed by linguists. You can swap languages online with native speakers using sites like Coeffee or italki. And do not forget, podcasts, online flashcards, open courseware (like this Japanese language course from MIT), online language forums and so much more. There is no reason you have to spend money to learn a language.

7. Immerse Yourself When You Can

Some people labor under the belief that without the funds to go live in Sweden for a year, they’ll never learn Swedish. However, you can immerse yourself in your own home or office. Listen to radio shows and music in the language. Sure you won’t understand much of anything, but you’ll familiarize yourself with the sounds. At first it will be noise, then repetitive noises, then obvious intonation that tells you a joke is coming. After continuous study, eventually, small words will start puncturing that noise and within time, you’ll start to understand whole talking points.

8. Don’t Bother with Words You Don’t Use in English

When I was learning French with Rosetta Stone, I got really, really great at saying phrases like, “she wears a hat” and “there is the ball,” but those are phrases I never used in everyday life. Rather, “Is the train running late?” and “Will the baguettes be ready soon?” were in constant rotation. So think about what you like to talk about and need to talk about. If you’re going on a French ecological expedition, focus on words that will pertain to that. If you love Chinese finance markets, figure out how to communicate about the stocks. Focus on your needs, not what a language guide might assume you need to know.

9. Figure Out How You Learn… and Compensate

There are generally two types of language learners. Those who are fastidious with their notes and study their verbs before ever forming a sentence out loud, and those who will just go out and gab at anyone who will listen regardless of mistakes. Both types have their fair share of pros and cons. If you are the introverted learner, make an extra effort to Skype-chat with friends in another language and don’t be afraid to make those mistakes! They are part of the learning process. If you are extroverted, make sure you take that extra hour a day and study your flashcards, write down sentences and do the paperwork.

10. Reward Yourself For Doing Well

Every language learning experience has milestones. The first time you’re fishing for a word and find it. When you learn your first 100 nouns and verbs. When you can recall phrases without even trying or have a dream in your new language. Treat those milestones for what they are: great accomplishments. Of course, the ultimate reward will be that an entirely new world will open up to you (and that’s pretty amazing in and of itself), but buying that new gadget you’ve been eyeing as gift for sticking with your program won’t hurt your motivation.

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, February 1, 2015 3:56 PM

Very relevant tips for any language learner!

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Twitter Romeo and Juliet play underway

Twitter Romeo and Juliet play underway | Romeo and Juliet |
A troupe of young actors at the U.K.'s Royal Shakespeare Company is presenting an update of the Bard's Romeo and Juliet to the Twitter generation, through an online performance rolling out 140 characters at a time.

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Romeo and Juliet Prologue

Music - "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin I do not own the rights to the music or any technology used in the making of this video.
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First Premiere on 65th Dubrovnik Summer Festival – “Romeo i Juliet ...

First Premiere on 65th Dubrovnik Summer Festival – “Romeo i Juliet ... | Romeo and Juliet |
Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet”, the first drama premiere at this year's 65th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, directed by Jagoš Marković and performed by the Festival's Drama Ensemble, on 25th July earning a standing ...
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Andy Griffith - Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet scene from The Andy Griffith show. Andy is explaining to Opie why he couldn't marry a couple due to the feuding and how the story relates.
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This would be a good hook into Romeo and Juliet!

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