Looking Back on Four Years of COERLL Projects

COERLL’s 2014-2018 Title VI national foreign language resource center federal grant, and the projects funded by the grant, will soon be coming to an end.

45% of English Words have a French Origin

English is known to be the world’s melting pot of languages but did you know that about 45% of today’s English vocabulary have a French origin? According to Athabasca University about 50.000 words have their origin in French. Wikipedia estimates the influence of French on the English language at about 30% in an 80.000 word dictionary.

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32 Movie Accents Analyzed by Dialect Coach

In our ongoing series about accents we take a look at the different local variations of languages across the world and how difficult it can be for people who don’t come from these regions to correctly imitate them. This is especially true for actors.

Translation is Back! 20 Ideas for Teaching Translation

Last month, I was delighted to publish a translation resource on the fabulous Teachit site.

The resource is not language-specific and the ideas can be adapted to many languages.

I hope it is of use!

The resource can be downloaded as a free pdf at

Wikispeech: How Wikipedia will learn to Talk to You

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has partnered with the swedish KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) Royal Institute of Technology to develop a crowdsourced speech engine for visually impaired users.
By September 2017 people with reading difficulty or visual impairment will be able to access Wikipedia and get articles read in a Swedish, English, and an Arabic voice.

Motivating Tools for Reading and Writing in the EAL and MFL Classroom, Practical Pedagogies, International School of Toulouse, 16th October 2015

I had a fantastic time at  #pracped15, the Practical Pedagogies conference organised by @russeltarr at the International School of Toulouse. It was great to meet new people and finally meet people I have interacted with online for a very long time. Last but not least, it was fabulous to learn so much from them in such a great location-but I would say that, wouldn't I? ;)

Here are the slides I

Review: Languagenut, a Language Subscription Site with a Difference

Created in 2009, Languagenut promotes a fun, simple and engaging approach to language learning for KS2 and KS3 pupils. Although Languagenut has its HQ in the UK, it now has users all over the world in 32 countries, from Puerto Rico and the US to Asia and it has adapted its platform to meet the curriculum needs in those different countries.

The range of languages offered is truly global but

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