The past articles in The Future of Language Learning have largely been concerned with secondary, and some elementary, education. Without a doubt this is the largest segment of the country’s language learners. It is important to remember that while there is a segment of the population who want to learn a language for the sake […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Future of Language Learning Part 6: Languages in Defense Interests
The highlight of any language learner, or a student of any discipline, should be the opportunity to study abroad. Whether it be service learning work in Latin America, or an in-depth review of French in the Loire Valley, students see the world while honing skills in their discipline and learning to be effective communicators in […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Future of Language Learning Part 5: Study Abroad
As we have begun the school year across the nation, language teachers are hearing about new and sometimes daunting initiatives from their school districts. For sure, the most consistent push around the country has been giving students authentic resources and opportunity to practice the language in lieu of a traditional vocabulary and grammar focus. As […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Teacher’s Corner September 2018: Keep It Simple, Señor!
Here’s joke 196. A young student asks an apprentice teacher, ‘How are you supposed to say it: “two of them or double”?’ So the teacher sticks up his hand and shows two fingers.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Philogelos Joke 196
Although classroom teachers are vital to language learning, an authentic educational experience does not have to begin in the classroom. On a recent trip to Tokyo I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Eric Kelso, a voice actor with an extensive history teaching English and being a key player in English education […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Interview with Eric Kelso, Voice Actor and Creator of The English Game
Many of us, either teachers or parents of students, know that school is either just around the corner or has already started! If you did not know, I myself am a Spanish teacher in Maryland. I started in 2012, and there have been quite a few revolutionary changes in language learning […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Introducing the Teacher’s Corner!
Each year, more and more young Americans are traveling abroad to teach English. Some are looking for a “gap year” experience after college that will also serve as a resume builder, others do it for mission or volunteer experience, and others use it as an opportunity to learn a second or third language while giving […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Interview with Rachel La Russo, PhD candidate at UMass
Would you be able to communicate with those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing? Even if you know American Sign Language (ASL), mos countries have their own particular sign languages. “Tío” Antonio Prieto Buñuel, a native of Spain currently residing in Nicaragua, a country with little special education and even less opportunities for people with disabilities, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Interview with Tío Antonio, Owner of “Café de las Sonrisas”
In our first article of this series, we saw the changes that can be made at the federal level; these sweeping, overarching laws and spending bills can have a massive impact on how languages are taught and what money and funding is available to make these changes happen. However, as many of us know, governmental […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Future of Language Learning Part 4: Changing Communities, Growing Opportunities
Have you ever learned to read and write from a reader in elementary school? Have you ever published a book under copyright or wondered how we established intellectual property? Have you ever saw the word “color” and wondered why Americans omit the “u?” Whether or not you know, the man whose dictionary was probably a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Noah Webster: Creating an American Dictionary for an American English