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How to Make the Most out of Introducing Children to a Second Language

From the age of eleven, when I had my first French lesson, I have always loved learning languages. My first linguistic triumph was during a family holiday to France when I used all of the four phrases I knew in French to communicate with the toddler who lived in the farm next door to where we were staying. I knew extremely little French but it was so much fun trying to work out how I could use what I knew to make myself understood and to understand the person I was talking to.

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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How French sounds to Foreigners

For every French learner comes a time when he or she feels confident enough to go out and mix with real French people. You learned your vocabulary, crammed your grammar so what could possibly go wrong?
Introducing: French proverbs, expressions and sayings. Most of which are riddles inside an enigma if you try to literally translate them.

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David Wiley’s Remix Hypothesis: using OER to rethink teaching

David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning and OER advocate, spoke at the University of Texas to kick off the Year of Open, a series of events sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Center for Learning Sciences. Wiley is well known in Open Education circles for his “5 R’s” framework of OER (reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain).

100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language

speak-another-language-fi100 Resources To Learn to Speak Another Language
by TeachThought Staff
Ed note: This post was first published in 2012, and is in the process of being updated. If you have any updates or corrections, please let us know in the comments.

Six Awesome Spanish, French and Italian Language Courses for $10 each

Yesterday, we featured five awesome German courses on Udemy, and today we got our Spanish, French and Italian learners covered. You can save up to 90% on the language courses listed below, as all of them cost only $10 / €11 until Wednesday, March 10th.

Culture Board

Our principal asked us to spruce up the hallways and show the awesomeness that is going on in our classes. So I thought… What is our focus? What can I do that won’t take too much time to create? And update as the year goes?  I believe pictures are powerful, so I created a quick Culture Board. […]

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