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Go Back to School en Español with New Spanish Elementary Lessons Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

Spanish teachers and home schoolers, this course is for you! Online technology has opened up a world of opportunities for teachers and homeschooling parents, but there’s a lot out there in that world that you can’t control. Even in educational technology, it’s sometimes hard to know what you’re going to get. If you’re teaching grade-school…

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Staying Resourceful in Language Learning Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

Itchy Feet: Resourcefulness

Do any of the following sound like they might have come out of your mouth at one time or another? “I know drilling grammar is important, but it’s just not fun…and life’s too short.” “I can read street signs and menus, and understand when spoken to, but I can’t speak it. I just can’t find…

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How U.S. Libraries Survive—and Thrive—in the Changing Linguistic Landscape (Part 1) Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

All 119,000+ libraries in the United States (whether public, academic, or government) share a common goal: to serve their community. As the linguistic landscape of the U.S. shifts, libraries must adapt to better serve their diverse members. How exactly can libraries respond to meet the needs of recent immigrants, resettled refugees, and non-English speakers in…

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Appreciating the Little Things about Language Learning Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

Itchy Feet: Phocine Vulgarity

I love the way that learning languages, like learning anything I suppose, slowly strips away the fog of ignorance. If you don’t speak French, it might sound to you like some kind of sugar-whipped vocal pastry, a pretty but unintelligible alien tongue. As you learn, however, gently the veil begins to lift, and what was previously opaque becomes…

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Custom Spanish Lessons: Viva La Tomatina! Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

Each year on the last Wednesday of August, the streets of Buñol, Spain run red. Fear not, it’s only tomatoes, thrown around as part of a massive tomato fight known as La Tomatina. True story. This is the kind of stuff that brings the Spanish language and culture to life; the stuff both students and…

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