Author Archives: Rob Glass

  • Interview with Scott McGinnis, Coordinator for the Interagency Language Roundtable, USG and Academic Advisor & Professor, Defense Language Institute

    Posted on February 12, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As we have seen over the past year, language is currently and will continue to play a crucial role in the government, in particular for defense interests (see our article with commentary from Glenn Nordin here). To further explore this topic that is not usually considered when looking at language education, we talked to Scott […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 193

    Posted on February 7, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Here’s joke 193. A man goes to his obstinate friend’s house looking for him. “I’m not in!” comes the shout from inside. Laughing, the friend says, “Liar! I recognize your voice!” “You bastard!” replies the obstinate guy. “If my slave had called out, you would have believed him — how come you trust him more […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner January 2019: Carmen Sandiego

    Posted on January 25, 2019 by Rob Glass in Uncategorized.

    Many of us teachers, especially those who were in school ourselves in the 80s and 90s, fondly remember the first time we got a computer lab or, even better, a classroom computer. Even more fondly we remember the games that our teachers would let us play. Games during school hours at that time was an […]

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  • A Brief History of Language Learning Technology: Pre-Computers

    Posted on January 22, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog, Uncategorized.

    Many people around the world are utilizing technology to learn languages. Whether it be on their phone through Duolingo, in the car with a favorite podcast, or online through Transparent Language, this unprecedented access to technology has allowed a new generation of language learners to expand their communication skills and pursue personal enrichment. But have […]

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  • Interview with Dr. Jeff Samuels, owner of World Languages 360

    Posted on January 21, 2019 by Rob Glass in Uncategorized.

    Here at NML, our articles and interviews have had many focuses, including language in the defense interest, language education, and language policy. But we do not always see how private businesses and entrepreneurs are using languages as stepping stones or for jobs. Dr. Jeff Samuels, a friend of the Museum, and a member of the […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner December 2018: Games for the First Day Back from Break

    Posted on December 31, 2018 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As teachers prepare to return to their classrooms in the beginning of 2019, plenty is going through their heads. Whether it be work that was left behind before the break, new seating arrangements, or back to IEP and 504 meetings, everyone will have something on their mind.   One particularly unique challenge for language teachers […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner November 2018

    Posted on November 26, 2018 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Every classroom has plenty of speaking, reading, and writing, but listening seems to always be a challenge. Especially when you don’t have a curriculum or textbook that has targeted listening activities, it can feel overwhelming to find authentic listening resources that are both easy enough for students to complete while also providing a targeted enough […]

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  • A Linguist Wish List: 5 Gifts for the Upcoming Holidays

    Posted on November 23, 2018 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As Thanksgiving approaches here in the US on Thursday, many use this as an opportunity to begin their shopping for their respective holidays. But what do you get a linguist or someone interested in other languages? While you could go ahead and get them the typical bookstore gift card, a single use cooking gadget, or […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner October 2018: The Formative Assessment

    Posted on October 28, 2018 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    By now, most of us are really in the swing of things! First quarters are ending, parents have been contacted, and real language has been produced! Being back in the habit, now is the perfect time to start thinking about just what we want our students to be able to do. For many of our […]

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  • The Future of Language Learning Part 6: Languages in Defense Interests

    Posted on October 15, 2018 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    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 […]

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