Am I too Old to Learn a Language?

Halina Maria:

What is a successful language learner?

EVERYONE knows the stereotypes about foreigners speaking English: Scandinavians are shockingly fluent, while the Japanese lag despite years and billions of yen spent trying. Now a big new study confirms some of those stereotypes. But it holds some surprises as well.

Originally posted on EnglishCentral: The Official Blog:

Sometimes, I meet people who are fully bilingual.

Most of the time, they had parents who spoke two different first languages at home, and grew up as bilingual children. When I meet these people, I often feel a little jealous. I wish my parents had been bilingual, or had enrolled me in a special bilingual school—or that my hometown even had a bilingual school that I could have attended. Unfortunately, none of this happened. So, when I meet bilingual people, I not only feel a little jealous, but also a little anxious about my own language learning goals.

It seems impossible that my second language ability will ever rise to the level of a truly bilingual speaker.

There are many reasons for this: For one thing, finding the time to study and practice and continue to feel confident about my language learning is difficult. For another thing, it seems like…

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom.

Students can share their digital storytelling creations by sharing a link to their finished product. Schools that have a Twitter account or website might want to send out the links so that a wider audience can hear student stories. In classrooms that use student blogs or parent communication tools, it’s simple to also share the link to Adobe Voice creations with viewers outside of your four walls. Using technology to publish is so much more than typing up a research report. Turn your students into digital storytellers with creation tools on mobile devices!

Have you had your students publish their writing using technology?  What are your favorite digital storytelling apps?

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom.

Storytelling Guidelines

Just like any other time that you use technology with your students, you won’t be handing them the device and sending them off to create. When it comes to publishing with technology, students should be at the end of the writing process. They’ve already drafted, revised, and edited their personal narrative, or their group has already come together to plan a presentation of their argument for an opinion piece of writing. I would encourage you to use a graphic organizer like a storyboard to have students plan what they want to appear on each page of their Adobe Voice creation. If students are working in pairs or a small group sharing one device, you’ll want to make sure they have a plan for who will record the narration for each page.

Students can share their digital storytelling creations by sharing a link to their finished product. Schools that have a Twitter account or website might want to send out the links so that a wider audience can hear student stories. In classrooms that use student blogs or parent communication tools, it’s simple to also share the link to Adobe Voice creations with viewers outside of your four walls. Using technology to publish is so much more than typing up a research report. Turn your students into digital storytellers with creation tools on mobile devices!

Have you had your students publish their writing using technology?  What are your favorite digital storytelling apps?

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Turgay Evren’s ESL Songs are being used in the USA schools

Turgay Evren’s ESL Songs are being used in the USA schools.

I think very highly about the songs Turgay Evren has written for ESL students. I often use them in my teaching.

My students love them.

Thank you Turgay for sharing your awesome teaching materials.

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Turgay Evren’s ESL Songs are being used in the USA schools

Halina Maria:

I think very highly about the songs Turgay Evren has written for ESL students. I use them in my teaching often.

Originally posted on Learn English with Turgay Evren:

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The songs Turgay Evren has written for ESL students are being used by American Teachers teaching in the USA. An American teacher teaching in a school in Texas has written the following blogpost titled “Songs and Chants.

Songs and Chants
August 24, 2013
So, the students start Monday! And I’m feeling very excited because during our maaaany student/family orientations this past week, I had quite a few families and staff asking me to enroll their students into my ESL class. So, let me explain a bit for those of you who also follow my counseling posts and might be a tad confused over…Is she a counselor? Is she a teacher? What’s going on here? I am an ESL-teaching bilingual school counselor. Basically, with my passion for and experience in teaching ESL combined with our school population that is about 80% Hispanic (and half of those are immigrants), I work as…

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Culture, Language, Learning and Social Integration – National Association for the Teaching of English: NATE – Blog – National Association for the Teaching of English: NATE – TES Community

Culture, Language, Learning and Social Integration – National Association for the Teaching of English: NATE – Blog – National Association for the Teaching of English: NATE – TES Community.

 

Collaborative Learning has recently done some work with Oxfam and will be working with the Schools History Project to develop relevant and exciting curriculum for both primary and secondary. We are again running our free Saturday workshops to celebrate the value of working together and we hope you can join us. The new curriculum, if you read the small print carefully, does offer a lot of freedom to choose what we teach just like in the days of NAME.

All the references for this article can be found on the CLP research and bibliography pages: www.collaborativelearning.org/research.html

 

This article by Stuart Scott on language and culture was originally written for NALDIC, the national subject association for English as an additional language (EAL).

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My Certificate

 

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Thank you

Jason R Levine
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