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Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too

Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
We live in narrow-minded times, wherein insularity and nationalism are pervasive in public discourse. If you're among the many people looking for ways to take political action, one of the most effective things you can do is devote yourself to learning a new foreign language. Learning a new language is a way to foster community an
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Sigmo brings Star Trek-style universal translator closer to reality

Sigmo brings Star Trek-style universal translator closer to reality | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
The internet and smartphones have made it much easier to converse with people who speak different languages to you, with services using these technologies providing both instant text-to-speech and speech-to-speech ...
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12 onomatopoeias from around the world

12 onomatopoeias from around the world | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Chik chik pok pok is the sound of a train in Korean. Ghrutu ghrutu is pig grunting in Georgian. And more!
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Becoming Your Own Expert—Teachers as Writers - National Writing Project

Becoming Your Own Expert—Teachers as Writers - National Writing Project | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it

Summary: In this 1985 piece, Tim Gillespie argues that teachers need to write so that their teaching of writing can be "based on knowledge we have earned ourselves. . . . We don't need to give up our curriculum to experts. We can just watch ourselves write."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 6, 2013 3:51 PM

The time you spend writing with your student can feed your soul as a writing teacher, while it clearly demonstrates to your students how imporant writing really is.  If the teacher takes time to do it, students know it's important!

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Why pay for a degree to learn a modern language? - Telegraph.co.uk

Why pay for a degree to learn a modern language? - Telegraph.co.uk | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
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Why pay for a degree to learn a modern language?
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Thinking in foreign language makes decisions more rational

Thinking in foreign language makes decisions more rational | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Psychologists found that considering decisions in a non-native language makes … (RT @JaredRomey: Thinking in Foreign Languages Makes Decisions More Rational: http://t.co/HnxTAFcd17 #language #flteach)...
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Talk the Talk - British Academy

Talk the Talk - British Academy | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
RT @britac_news: Talk the Talk,walk the walk.New student guide launches on value of #languages w @EU_Commission http://t.co/8fJRv0RKSt http…
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Anyone can learn a language, but not always in a classroom ...

Anyone can learn a language, but not always in a classroom ... | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
The Russians and Americans spent much of their time learning languages in school; the Africans and Indians spent the minority of language-learning time in school. The more formal education correlates to the worst outcomes ...
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40 Ways to Use Sticky Notes to Teach Kids Spanish

40 Ways to Use Sticky Notes to Teach Kids Spanish | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Teach Spanish to children with 40 fun and easy activities using sticky notes. Practice vocabulary, numbers, letters, and colors with these active, hands-on ideas. Kids love sticky notes and with these activities they will love speaking Spanish!
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Spanish Animals – Yoga Sequence from Kids Yoga Stories

Spanish Animals – Yoga Sequence from Kids Yoga Stories | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
A kid's yoga sequence to do in Spanish teaches animals and farm-related vocabulary. Movement, sequence and repetition enhance language learning.
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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'
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Using Movies to Increase Student Learning

In this education article, teachers learn new approaches to using movies in class to further student learning and comprehension of literature.
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Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions.
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Wire your Brain to Pick up a New Language Today | SmarterLifestyles

Wire your Brain to Pick up a New Language Today | SmarterLifestyles | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
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How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual | TIME.com

How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual | TIME.com | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Never mind how well spoken you might be now, you will never again be as adept with languages as the day you were born. Indeed, the youngest person in any room is almost always the best linguist there too.
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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | Video on TED.com

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.
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Christopher Meeks: Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU

Christopher Meeks: Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it

Christopher Meeks: Developing a voice in your writing is a notion that passes over me every now and then like the "thung" sound of an error message on my computer. "I should develop a voice," I think. "My voice is off today," I think. "Maybe I should work on that voice thing," I think.


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Kris Emery's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:05 AM

Write like you talk is great advice that I see everywhere and I agree completely. Saying that, be cautious if you're crap at talking.  Or crap at writing like you talk.  And please punctuate.

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Teenage hyperpolyglot - The Economist (blog)

Teenage hyperpolyglot - The Economist (blog) | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
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He has already taken an interest in language science alongside all of the languages themselves.
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Google Maps Mania: The Google Map of Languages

Verbix is an organisation aiming to promote and protect linguistic diversity. Their website includes a neat Where on Earth .. feature that allows you to view Google Maps of where hundreds of different languages are spoken.
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iDecolonize: A Review of Indigenous Language-Learning Apps

iDecolonize: A Review of Indigenous Language-Learning Apps | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Description: This is a great package for people serious about language learning. First of all, it allows you to select one of five different Inuktitut dialects so you can make sure you're not saying qujannamiik in Iqaluit or nakurmiik ...
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Regents Scoring Debacle – Trouble for English Language Learners ...

Regents Scoring Debacle – Trouble for English Language Learners ... | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
I would like to call attention to the ways in which this process has already and may continue to disproportionately hurt English language learners (ELLs) in New York City. I am a high school English teacher in a school that ...
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Spanish Vocabulary – Printables to Teach Opposites

Spanish Vocabulary – Printables to Teach Opposites | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
Spanish vocabulary activities for common opposites including printable picture cards and a picture search. These activities make learning basic Spanish words fun for kids.
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13 Cool and Interesting Facts About the Spanish Language

13 Cool and Interesting Facts About the Spanish Language | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
13 facts about the Spanish language with their sources. Historic and current facts about Spanish language.
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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 | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
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In Defense of Working Memory Training | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

In Defense of Working Memory Training | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Teaching Teens Languages | Scoop.it
One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you. The research literature on brain ...
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