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Computer programs replace foreign language teachers in N.J. classrooms after budget cuts

For parents whose childrens' schools have cut foreign language education, it's imperative to use foreign language music, movies, TV and radio at home to...

Low creativity in education is bringing the country down

Is America Experiencing a Creativity Bust? This is a great article from Newsweek about how too much standardization and rote memorization in school is bringing...
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Language debate: Why speak English in Miami? Porqué hablar inglés in Miami?

I don't see this as a black or white issue. One CAN speak in their native tongue at home and outside of their home AND still learn and speak their target language. Take Montreal for example. People there are mostly totally bilingual.
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Learning Chinese doesn’t make you a Communist!

This Daily Show clip is hilarious! There is controversy at Hacienda Middle School in California. Some adults are afraid that having kids learn Mandarin will indoctrinate them into being Communists. It's sad to see that people are actually scared about this. McCarthyism all over again? Thanks Aasif Mandvi of the Daily Show for pointing out their idiocy.
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How memory helps you learn language

However, when we are learning our second language, we rely more on declarative memory to learn grammar rules and structure rather than only by procedural memory. (In my words, we are like parrots than copy when we hear native speakers say.) This doesn’t mean that we can learn a language well without learning grammar and structure, but it shows that listening and repeating serve a real purpose in how we can learn the syntax and structure of a language. Listening to and repeating song lyrics CAN help us learn grammar!
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How To Use Your Spanish To Learn Portuguese

This is a short and informative blog post on how to learn Portuguese if you already know Spanish. Written by Jared Romey: How To Use...
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Listen first, learn later! Research proves my thoughts

Article: New study may revolutionize language learning The teaching of languages could be revolutionised following ground-breaking research by Victoria University, New Zealand, PhD graduate Paul...
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Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer

In his book, Healthy Aging, Dr. Andrew Weil recommends learning a foreign language as a way to prevent Alzheimers. From the ABC News story, "Learning...
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Free Materials for Language Teachers, Mis Cositas

Lori Langer de Ramirez has many free materials for language teachers in various languages (English, ESL, French, Spanish and Chinese) at http://www.miscositas.com/. Thanks for the free...

Free foreign language lessons

Learn languages for free on Open Culture.com. The site features 37 foreign languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download lessons...

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