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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Teacher’s Corner November 2018
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Linguist Wish List: 5 Gifts for the Upcoming Holidays
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Teacher’s Corner October 2018: The Formative Assessment
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!
The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Language is saddened to hear of the passing of one of our most active and influential founders, Joseph E. Page, on Monday, July 9, 2018. See a newsletter article below describing Joe’s service to the Museum as one of the founding Trustees. Here is the Gasch’s […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on In Memory of Joseph E. Page