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Choosing key vocabulary for your lessons Posted by on May 18, 2021 in For Instructors

Vocabulary is the raw material with which language proficiency is built. A sufficiently large vocabulary (made up of words, phrases, grammatical chunks, idioms, collocations, etc.) aids with listening and reading comprehension, application of grammar rules, and beyond. When authoring lessons, vocabulary should be chosen strategically.  Watch the video at the bottom to join Orsi Gall…

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Create a sustainment routine. Posted by on May 12, 2021 in For Learners, For Program Managers

Use it or lose it. You already know that’s true of your physical abilities: muscles atrophy, V02 max decreases. Without regular use, your language skills will drop off too. To maintain proficiency, you need the right fuel, the right form, a routine, and of course motivation. If you missed our webinar on this topic, watch…

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Vocab vs. grammar: where to begin? Posted by on May 5, 2021 in For Learners

You have limited time to study your target language. How should you spend it? ⌛️ Start with vocabulary. We don’t just mean memorize a big list of words. Read on to find out what we mean, or join us Wednesday, May 12 at 2pm EDT to discuss why vocab is crucial no matter your language…

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Choosing Authentic Materials at Level Posted by on Apr 21, 2021 in For Instructors, Lesson Authoring Tips

As a language instructor, you likely know why you should use authentic materials, but might not know where or how to find materials at the right proficiency level. We consider three major questions when choosing an authentic resource: What is the purpose of the text/audio? What features of the ILR level are present? What mode…

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To memorize vocab or not to memorize vocab? Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in For Learners, Pedagogy

vocabulary size by proficiency level

To memorize or not to memorize, that is… not even a question. You’ve gotta do it. Language proficiency is much more than just vocab, but you can’t follow a conversation or understand the news in the language without enough vocab to back you up. Join us on April 9th to hear our favorite methods for…

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More lessons, less lesson planning. Posted by on Mar 16, 2021 in For Instructors, News and Events

cl-150 learning activities

Join us Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:30am ET for our biggest time-saving secret for language instructors: how to use CL-150 lessons synchronously. Lesson plans are a bit like recipes. You can’t just throw in a dash of this and a pinch of that and expect it turn out great the first time. But you don’t…

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New for Program Managers: Reporting Group Overview Pie Charts Posted by on Mar 11, 2021 in For Program Managers, New in Admin Reporting, News and Events

If you manage dozens or hundreds of linguists with the CL-150 Platform, we’ve got something sweet for you. (Here’s a hint: 🥧) Get an instant snapshot of your language program’s health with new interactive pie charts for CL-150 Reporting Groups. You can now set up a custom dashboard to track: 📈Sustainers’ proficiency levels (overall or…

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