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Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 11.19.2015 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

There is no right or wrong way to learn a language, but there are many other ways to implement that aren't monotonous or arduous to improve your learning.

Linguistic Business Coaching: Shortcut From Fear of Speaking to Linguistic Self-confidence

Anna-Jane Niznikowska | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Anna-Jane Niznikowska

I have recently gone to a networking event at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London. As a Communication Consultant who helps non-native English speakers communicate more confidently in international business, I thought I had to walk the talk and speak Portuguese.

I Forgive You, English Speakers

THINK Global School | Posted 07.23.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

Being a linguist does put you in a minority amongst native English speakers. I guess I've been in a little comprehension bubble by mainly traveling in countries in which I speak the lingo. All that changed when I moved to Greece.

Make Language Learning a National Priority

Jane Swift | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Jane Swift

New technologies and resourceful school districts will only get us so far. We need policymakers to prioritize language education so that America's students -- and our entire economy -- can reach their full potential.

The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Because the way we talk is deeply enmeshed with how we think, feel and act in the world, our critiques of how others speak are frequently a smoke-screen for our critiques about other aspects of their lives.

7 Outstanding Language-Learning Apps and Websites

Fodor's | Posted 03.09.2015 | Travel

Speaking the local language--or at least knowing some basic phrases--is one of the best ways for travelers to tap into foreign cultures. In countries ...

9 Reasons to Learn a Language in 2015

Ryan McMunn | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Ryan McMunn

Here are nine reasons that your New Years Resolution should be to learn a foreign language, the first is that it's not as hard as you think.

World Schooling: When Children Study Abroad

Cliff Hsia | Posted 02.01.2015 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

We've found the best way to do this is to place your kids into a local school immediately upon arrival, something we like to call world schooling. Here are some of the things we've learned about our version of world schooling.

Study Abroad as Preparation for Joining the Global Workforce

Michael Elchik | Posted 01.10.2015 | College
Michael Elchik

Students have the opportunity to return home with skills that will make them more employable in today's global economy. How can we help our student abroad students build those important global skills?

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.

Can Language Learning Help You Achieve Your Dreams?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language can do so much for us both personally and professionally, so let's learn languages. But first, let's think about how learning a language will help us achieve our life goals.

How Would You Redefine Study Abroad?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 10.14.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

A new initiative at the International Institute of Education is sparking conversation, asking us how we can increase the cultural awareness in our students and encourage them to learn in environments outside of their comfort zone.

'Learn French in 10 Years!'

Steve Leveen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Steve Leveen

Our expectations about learning languages are, quite frankly, odd, and ads like "Learn French (or Spanish, or Galician) in 10 Days" pander to them. While these ads might help sell language-learning programs, they reinforce false expectations.

What Language Should I Learn?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I'm still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I've been speaking it since I was in diapers.)

How to Learn a Language Without Burnout

Sonia Gil | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Sonia Gil

Ever since I founded the language-learning company, Fluenz, I have gotten countless questions about learning Spanish, French, Chinese and other langua...

Why Knowing Another Language Makes You More Creative

Psychology Today | Joseph Cardillo | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was wit...

The Top 10 Games Every Parent Should Play to Encourage Their Baby to Talk

Tracey Blake | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Tracey Blake

The more children babble, the more practice they have at forming the proper sounds to develop language skills.

New Trends in Language Teaching

Stacey Cole | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Stacey Cole

Language education is always evolving based on new techniques, and research plays a vital role in that process.

Why I Won't Let My Children Learn French, Mandarin, German, Spanish or English

Zack Simon | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

Calls like these for retributive cultural justice miss their mark because they paint the world with the smallest strokes possible, strokes that make the lines of the world appear clean, sharp and perfectly discernible. The truth, however, is that the world looks much more like a Jackson Pollack.

Why We Need to Apply the Third Metric to Language Education

Mila Golovine | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Mila Golovine

We must take care of our well-being, cultivate our wisdom, maintain our sense of wonder and show our willingness to give. The combination of these four pillars can help us enjoy the ride -- enjoy the process of learning, acquiring new knowledge and investing in our human capital.

How to Encourage Young Children to Start Talking and Expressing Themselves

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

Helping children develop their language supports their ability to communicate and express their feelings and better understand yours. Learning to use and understand language is the first vital step towards literacy, providing the basis for learning to read and write.

What a Map of a Mouse Brain Has to Do With Your Kids

Lydia Denworth | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Lydia Denworth

There are limits to connectivity maps. As one scientist put it, so far they give information only on the level of interstate highways and major cities; smaller towns and roads are not yet on the map. Other scientists wonder which should come first -- the maps or the specific questions we hope to answer with them.

Creating Personalized Practice for Students

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Art Markman, Ph.D.

For a few decades now, educators have suggested that computers would vastly improve our ability to teach students. The assumption has been that with ...

Re-Appreciate Classic Literature: Learn Another Language

Benny Lewis | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Benny Lewis

Have you ever read Dante's Inferno? Don Quixote? How about Around the World in 80 Days, or Crime and Punishment? If you've read them, you know just how memorable and touching the experience of reading a literary masterpiece can be. But have you ever read them... in the original?

Can Your Phone Teach You a New Language?

Zack Simon | Posted 02.20.2014 | Technology
Zack Simon

Do not underestimate the power of passive learning. Before you even crack open a phrasebook, you'll know words like "send," "delete," "edit," "message," "cancel," and all sorts of other vocabulary just from using your phone on a daily basis.