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Attention Management vs. Time Management for Language Learners Posted by on Dec 10, 2018

attention management against distractions

Productivity is typically associated with time. How long does a task take? How much can you get done in a certain amount of time? Could you do it faster—and thereby be more productive? Managing time alone is no longer enough. With the entire world at our fingertips, time management has met its match: endless distractions…

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History has taught us the value of foreign languages. Have we learned our lesson? Posted by on Nov 19, 2018

historical importance of languages

From the Cold War era to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, we need not look back too far to realize the scale of America’s language gap—and why we must fill it before history repeats itself. There is a reason we offer more than 100 languages in our learning platforms: we believe all languages matter. That’s not…

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It’s time to spend less time on alphabet learning Posted by on Nov 5, 2018

learn baluchi alphabet

Alphabet learning is like the “accessory work” of language learning. A Crossfit athlete, for example, cares mostly about the big movements: squats, cleans, snatches, muscle-ups, etc. To improve these movements, dedicated athletes will do accessory exercises like hammer curls, rows, or glute bridges. Less fun to spend lots of time on, no doubt, but necessary…

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

future of elearning

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

professional language education

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

world in hand

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

classroom participation

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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