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The Best Way to Learn French Using the Sentence Method

The French language is well known for its many cognates, words that resemble certain words in other languages very closely. By covering both true and false cognates, you'll be able to significantly improve your vocabulary.  By utilizing Glossika's sentence method, which maximizes your exposure to your target language, you'll have a way to learn French naturally and intuitively, just like a child would acquire their very first language.  ... read more

Your Guide to Russian Pronunciation and Grammar

Your guide to Russian pronunciation and grammar will give you a detailed, yet easy-to-understand explanation of how to accurately pronounce Russian words and read sentences fluently. After reading our guide, you'll find that you can actually learn how to speak and read Russian much easier and faster than you initially thought . Get started on your path to Russian fluency! Make sure to download the FREE Ebook guide to get your complete guide to Russian pronunciation and grammar.  ... read more

Your Guide to Italian Pronunciation and Grammar

Italian is widely regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful, romantic languages in the world. By providing you with an comprehensive guide to Italian pronunciation and grammar, we will have you on your way to near-native fluency in no time!  We go in-depth into each of the rules involved in accurately pronouncing words and crafting coherent sentences with the goal of getting you to a fluent conversational level. Make sure to get your free Ebook guide download at the end of the article!  ... read more

Digital Final Project

For my final project on Social Media & Language Teaching Workshop, I decided to create a digital storytelling activity that could be incorporated as a final oral presentation in a first-semester class.  ... read more

My Dream Vacation-an ESL Writing/Oral Project

TRAVEL PROJECT – MY DREAM VACATION TOTAL POINTS 100 PART ONE: WRITTEN PROJECT  (50 points) 1) Pick a city or town you have always wanted to visit like Rome, Italy or Cancun, Mexico and plan week (6 night, 7-day) vacation to that one destination. 2)    Use books, travel brochures, Internet websites by going to the class wiki to find  links to helpful travel planning websites. 3)     Word process notes on your destination, and make sure to use your own words. Do not copy sentences from your source material. Of course you will use prices, and other details, like names of museums and restaurants as part of your report. You may want to keep a day-by-day journal of your vacation plans to help you organize. 4)    Include information about the following when preparing your notes: a.     Flight plans, Train/Bus Information ... read more

A Short History of Italian Comics

This article gives a brief overview of the history of Italian comics Comics were introduced into Italy a few years after their appearance in the United States: from 1908 onwards the weekly paper Corriere dei Piccoli (Children's Courier) published the Sunday pages of Mimmo (Buster Brown), Fortunello (Happy Hooligan), Cirillino (The Newlyweds), Bibi e Bibo (The Katzenjammer Kids), and Bubbi (Little Nemo). The original American drawings were adapted to the style of illustrated children papers of the period: the speech balloons - considered non-educational - were eliminated, and the story was narrated by rhyming captions. In fact many Italians did not realise that in America these characters talked with "little puffs of smoke" or fumetti as they were called ... read more

Using VoiceThread to Give Students a Voice Outside the Classroom

Give Students a Voice Outside the Classroom - Just like most educators, I view teaching as a process. After incorporating a new activity or giving a new course, I reflect upon the outcomes. What went well? What failed? Sometimes I know the modifications I would make the next time around, but other times I look to my student evaluations for guidance. This recently happened after teaching an introductory Spanish class online. While I felt that the class had gone well, a student’s simple observation led me to my latest modification: find a way for students interact with one another in an online setting. The online forum I employed enabled me to speak in an asynchronous fashion with my students, but it did not allow them to communicate with one another, leaving them isolated, alone in cyberspace to work on their assignments with no personal interaction. The comment sent me knocking on my friendly technology consultant’s door, and together we found a simple solution: VoiceThread. ... read more

Twitter and Microblogging for Language Learning

How to use Twitter in Language Lessons - Microblogging is an unusual form of expressing oneself, yet it is rapidly becoming a mainstream tool. Not only does its popularity make it relevant to language learners, its conversational and concise style offers opportunities to practice specific language skills. What is it? And how is it normally used? Twitter is a microblogging tool. It combines features of SMS text messages and blogs. It allows users to send very short messages (known as “tweets”) to each other that are also readable by the rest of the web (unless specifically made private as a Direct Message). Since the conversations are public, there can be a comfortable flow of text between various users, assuming that they all are following each other. Following is the twitter equivalent of subscribing to someone’s blog. It is not necessarily a reciprocal arrangement: just because I follow you (ie subscribe to your tweets), doesn’t mean that you are following me.... ... read more

Lessons From A Voice Thread Project

Introduction To The Project - Over the past couple weeks I have been tweeting about a Voice Thread project that my senior Spanish class has undertaken.  We have studied works of Spanish artists such as El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and Picasso. For the big unit project, the students researched a Spanish artist that we had not studied in class. They were then supposed to create a Google Presentation about this artist.  The presentation needed to include information about the life of the artist, the historical context of the artist and details about three works of art by that artist.  The trick of their presentation was not to use more than one bullet note of text per slide.  I wanted them to find the images that could tell the story of the artist.  The students uploaded their images to Voice Thread where they narrated over their slides.  Essentially, they created their own mini documentary.  Last year this project was a poster project.  This year we’re trying to adapt the concepts to the 21st century. ... read more