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Language training must embrace the next generation of e-learning Posted by on Oct 1, 2018

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To get serious about skills training, organizations “need to embrace a new generation of e-learning.” According to the former head of Google France, Jean-Marc Tassetto, e-learning platforms are on “the brink of an engagement revolution.” He predicts that e-learning will be more personalized, adaptive, and aligned with individual goals. Less MOOC-style show-and-tell and more, well…

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It’s time to invest in foreign language instruction at the professional level, too. Posted by on Sep 10, 2018

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In a popular op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Patrice Apodaca makes the case that it’s time to invest in foreign-language instruction, namely in public schools. We couldn’t agree more, but the buck doesn’t stop there. Apodaca wastes little time reiterating the need for foreign languages in the modern, globalized economy. That topic has been…

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Language learning is the educational imperative of our generation Posted by on Aug 13, 2018

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In response to America’s language deficit, a bipartisan Congressional report has called for the country to “to value language education as a persistent national need similar to education in math or English, and to ensure that a useful level of proficiency is within every student’s reach.” Earlier this year, CIA Director Gina Haspel included “emphasizing…

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Can technology enhance human connection in the language classroom? Posted by on Aug 6, 2018

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Confidence in classroom technology is growing, but confidence in how best to use it has not kept pace. According to one study, commissioned by Samsung, 90 percent of K-12 teachers surveyed believe that technology in the classroom is important to student success, but only 60 percent feel they are adequately prepared to use it. Another study…

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Listening is the Black Sheep of Language Learning Skills Posted by on Jul 30, 2018

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When learning a language, there’s one skill that’s more neglected than the others. It’s underestimated both in terms of its complexity and its utility. It’s less glamorous than speaking, and more difficult to master than reading. Listening, unfortunately, is the black sheep of language learning. A recently-posted discussion thread on Quora began with the question…

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Learn Latin with Transparent Language Online Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

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If Latin is a dead language, why is it still so useful in modern life? In an educational system that prioritizes STEM and hard skills, where spoken languages can be swapped out for coding languages, it can be hard to drum up interest in Latin. But the so-called “dead language” complements nearly any skill set…

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Designing Language Technology That is “Worth It” for Educators Posted by on Jul 2, 2018

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Educators’ confidence in digital tools is increasing, but legitimate concerns remain. Not all ed tech is designed or implemented equally, so how can language teachers find the right tools to meet their needs—and the needs of their students? A 2015 report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found a shift in the perception of…

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