Category Archives: Blog

  • Philogelos Joke 185

    Posted on March 21, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Another installment of the Philogelos, folks. Dan Crompton, the translator, uses the word “obstinate” to translate the Greek word DYSKOLOS used in this joke, but I think it’s more accurately rendered as “curmudgeon, crab, grump, sourpuss” — i.e. someone whose disposition, in addition to being mule-headed, is surly, grudging, suspicious, spiteful, and just generally unpleasant […]

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  • Interview with Simone Bregni, Professor at Saint Louis University

    Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Dr. Simone Bregni, of Saint Louis University, was recently featured in an article for the online magazine Medium for his innovative use of video games in the language classroom. We were fortunate enough to have our own interview with him to take a deeper dive into the use of video games for language learners. Hopefully […]

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  • JNCL-NCLIS Advocacy Day 2019

    Posted on February 27, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Last week, I had the great fortune to attend the JNCL-NCLIS Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. There were over 160 representatives from 42 states around the nation, all coming together under the theme of “Speak Up for Languages.” The Language Advocacy Day is an opportunity for these educators, business owners, administrators, and government employees […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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