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puzznbuzzus

Is English Language So Popular because of the USA? - 0 views

Americans might tend to inflate the influence of the United States in the history of the spread of English. Before the World Wars, particularly WWII, the US was a bit player on the world stage. The...

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Joel Josephson

Chain Stories - European Union Language Project - YouTube - 0 views

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    Chain Stories is a European Union funded education project to motivate the learning of languages in early language learners (8 to 12 years). http://www.chainstories.eu/ The project works through children 'intercomprehending' the text of a story written by other children in one of the Romance languages. The project is open to schools across Europe that use a Romance language as the native language of learning.
lawagner

Writing Center Staff | Wilk - 0 views

  • delightful
  • gut-wrenching descent
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      Thesis: understanding the differences and cultural factors will help with some guidelines for communicating with ESL students/tutees, thus leading to more beneficial tutoring sessions.
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      Introduction
  • severe
  • ittle headway
  • communications gap.
  • made in the paper.
  • struggled
  • in my explanations
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      Since the first paragraph identified the problem and stated the solution, the reader needs to understand what is causing the probelm
  • cultural factors plague important aspects of ESL communications in the writing center.
  • ack of a shared linguistic knowledge base,
  • ifferences in the educational, rhetorical, and cultural contexts of their language
  • acquisition
  • learning
  • subconsciously incorporating of linguistic forms through reading and listening.
  • consciously assimilating rules and forms through study and instruction.
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      What causes the communication gap/ differences between what the ESL learner wrote and what the tutor is trying communicate as errors
  • Understanding those differences helps in formulating beneficial principles of communication
  • rhetorical models are quite diverse
  • In some cultures, one would be considered rude or abrupt to announce one's point immediately.
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      Socratic dialogue vs didactic context (lecture and passive learning)
  • Socratic dialogue
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      The tutor takes on the role of collaborator and is an authoritative figure based on didactic tutoring. Tutors don't need to know all the answers, but it seems this paragraph is saying start by using didactic tutoring and move towards Socratic dialogue.
  • didactic context
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      So we have a communications gap, how do we begin to communicate with the ESL learner. What tutoring style should we use? Didactic context and communicate collaboratively, but realize that tutor is more of an authoritative figure, telling/informing the tutee of what he/she must do.
  • shared assumptions and patterns of language
  • apply a principle they have learned to a grammar error.
  • communicate collaboratively
  • ole as cultural/rhetorical informants as well as collaborators.
  • Cultural differences in body language
  • attitudes and preferences
  • The acceptability of degrees of physical proximity and eye contact differ between cultures.
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      Cultural differences in body language (speaking without speaking), attitudes and preferences need to be known so that the tutor and tutee may communicate effectively. Examples of these cultural differences are given: Latin American, Arabic, Asian, and Chinese.
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      When I have gone to a new country, such as Zambia and Mexico, I looked up the ways in which to communicate with folks there, forbidden hand gesture, is shaking hands okay. In some culture they kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting. Ignorance towards body language, attitudes, and preferences may drive an eternal wedge between the tutor and tutee. This is a huge part of understanding cultural differences.
  • it down first and allow the student to establish comfortable body positioning
  • ake body language cues from the writer
  • encouraging the student to speak up or ask questions
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      This paragraph answers a question Writing Centers, directors and tutors may wonder: Do I have to know everything about every culture in order to communicate effectively? When writing essays it's important to keep in mind questions that may arise from the intended audience.
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      The tutor does not need to know everything about every culture, rather keenly observe the tutee, and modify behavior when appropriate.
  • utor can foster discourse through slightly modified behavior.
  • temptation to address too many issues in one session
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      Another issue with tutoring ESL learners: trying to fix everything at once. They are not the same as a native English speaker and cannot be expected to eat, chew and digest everything put in front of them. You need to pick up the steak knife and cut up the steak into manageable pieces. 
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      Native English speaker vs ESL learner; don't tutor them the same Although this paragraph seems slightly out of place and doesn't move the argument forward, it is a reminder that ESL students are tackling the foreign language and cannot be expected to handle the same workload as native speakers.
  • effective communications is best achieved by limiting the topics covered within the session
  • English is not the primary language.
    • lawagner
       
      Going back to ESL learners, a part of understanding cultural differences is understanding that they are coming to me for help with their writing-writing which is in a foreign language to them. Understanding prioritizing is part of the solution when tutoring ESL learner, and all learners consequently.
  • The driving force behind limiting is prioritizing.
  • the primary cultural barrier to communication
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      Explaining the differences in mechanics seen in varying languages spoken by other cultures. Patience is key nevertheless.
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      So how do tutors not overwhelm the tutees? By prioritizing-what is causing the most issues and go from there.
    • lawagner
       
      Communication barriers lie in the language itself and its attached conversational dialect, transcending into how the ESL learner communicates in their native tongue. * I think this paragraph could be two.
  • ack of fluency in conversational dialect
  • Close observation is a key to interpreting and dispelling cultural interference.
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      Summarizing the last several paragraphs; close observation is the key as well as other possible modifications.
    • lawagner
       
      Summarizing the main points is like the Therefore since we know all of this we can understand  the cultural differences between the tutor and ESL tutee and thus eliminate or at least reduce the cultural barriers.
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      Conclusion
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      A continuance of the last paragraph. All of this information presented  may help or it may not.
ashkif as

Learn German Online - 0 views

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    Learn German Online is worthwhile these days. German is one of the foremost languages used in international diplomacy and business. Most of the international conferences and trade shows make use of German language as their working language. Learning German language Online through Online German language Course will also enhance your personal life and a little bit of understanding the nation's culture will definitely makes your journey more enriching and exciting. Learn German for Beginner's in or...
Martin Burrett

Microsoft Language Labs - Translator Bookmarklet - 0 views

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    A good, simple browser translation tool from Microsoft. The bookmarklet sits in your bookmark toolbar and translates foreign pages into your language with one click. Choose a language from the drop down menu to translate into other languages. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Martin Burrett

Memrise - 0 views

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    An amazing language learning site which helps learners of MFL remember words for over 200 languages by associating them with visual clues/mnemonics and score points by showing you remember the language in a variety of ways. You can listen to audio of the words you are learning. The site tracks your progress and analyses where you need improvement and it will adjust the words you are shown accordingly. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Amanda Kenuam

4 Really Cool English Language Online Learning Communities - 0 views

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    "ELL, ESL, ESOL, websites, learning community, language, English, language development"
Martin Burrett

Forvo: Lannguage Pronunciation Guide - 17 views

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    The thing that worries most non-specialists teaching language is pronouncing words correctly from a book. This is where Forvo is is priceless. Native speaker users and the site itself have uploaded audio clips of word for us non native speakers to copy. The site has 250+ languages uploaded. I tested the Mandarin section, as I understand that, and it was faultless. An amazing resource. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Martin Burrett

MYLO: a new way to learn languages - 0 views

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    A fabulous language site with sections for French, Spanish, German and Chinese. Learn language topics and play quizzes to test what you have learnt. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Martin Burrett

Endangered Languages - 0 views

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    A fascinating site that explores endangered languages. Read information and the demographics of the remaining speakers and watch video clips of some phrases. Why not try something different for your 'language of the week'. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
J Black

Free Foreign Language Lessons (Download to MP3 Player, iPod or Computer) | Open Culture - 1 views

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    A great way to learn 37 languages for free. Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Russian and much more. Why pay for Rosetta Stone when you can learn a new language for free.
Cassie Banka

Vocabulix - Learn Spanish, German, and English - 0 views

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    Vocabulix provides numerous free tools for learning Spanish, German, or English. On Vocabulix can be used to create quizzes or take quizzes online. Vocabulix provides dozens of drills and activities designed to help students learn Spanish, German, or English. The verb conjugation chart can be used on the Vocabulix website. The verb conjugator code is freely available for use in third party blogs, wikis, or websites. As most new language learning websites do, Vocabulix has a social networking option that helps match native speakers with learners. Applications for Education Vocabulix is a great tool for independent study or practice of a foreign language. The activities are short and sweet and give students instant feedback. The pre-made Vocabulix exercises are flexible enough for use with a wide range of students from beginners to advanced language learners. Students can select the type of response, multiple choice or written response, the level of difficulty, and choice of having or not having visual clues. The verb conjugator widget is a nice tool to include on your class blog, wiki, or website to support student learning outside of the classroom.
Judy Robison

Language Learning by iPod: An Emerging Model | Research & Articles - 35 views

  • What we see in these podcasts are some best practices - using social web tools to enhance online language learning and innovative approaches to utilizing podcasting for educational goals.  While language learning has been around as long as human beings have spoken more than one tongue, the model here is uniquely designed for the Web 2.0 world. Static lesson content is transformed into 'lesson events' by focusing student attention around specific content and encouraging student involvement to further enhance the originally designed lesson.  Podcasts, with their conversational nature, rapid publication cycle and modular architecture can further transform learning into an engaging, fresh and personalized experience. This actually takes steps into Learner 2.0 where the learner changes their experiences and behaviors through a collaborative process as they interact with the content, other users, and the instructors.
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    Commentary on using podcasts to teach language.
Judy Robison

Technology in the Middle » Blog Archive » Spanish Blogs - 15 views

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    "Speaking and writing in the target language are two fundamental goals of the World languages Department. To that end, our 5th grade Spanish students maintain a class blog (hosted by MICDS and powered by WordPress MU) where they can showcase their language skills. For their first exercise, each student posted a letter that included an audio recording created using Audacity. These posts will, over time, become a portfolio of the students' progression in Spanish."
Martin Burrett

Tonguetide - 0 views

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    Tonguetide is a social networking site for people looking to improve their foreign language skills. Find a language partner or use the site's learning tools to help you. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages,+Culture+&+International+Projects
Martin Burrett

Welcome to About World Languages - 0 views

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    A really interesting site that explores how world languages have developed, what they are related to and fascinating facts and trivia. A great background resource for any MFL student. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Martin Burrett

Audio Lingua - mp3 in english, german, spanish and french - 0 views

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    Find hundreds of audio files to listen and download language files in English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin. Record sentences in your own language and upload to this useful project. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Martin Burrett

Language Guide - 0 views

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    A wonderful project to build interactive resources with audio to help learn a range of languages from around the world. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects
Fatima Anwar

English Language Learning Classes - Integrated English Course for Students - 0 views

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    Free English language learning classes or learn English as a second language is now easier for ESL students with the help of online integrated English course
Martin Burrett

Babadum - 0 views

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    "This is a fab HTML5 language learning site which tests your language skills through a series of games with 1500 words. The site collects stats on your performance. The current 21 languages include English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Japan, Italian, Russian, Polish and many more."
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