Top Tips to Make a Language Interchange Work

Learning languages, Second Language Acquisition, Uncategorized

In this episode of our podcast we look at top tips that can turn your regular language exchange into a much more enjoyable and effective experience.

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Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Learning A Foreign Language

EFL, errors, español, Global Spanish, Learning languages, Uncategorized

We’ve all met or heard of people who speak 4, 5, 7, 10 or even more foreign languages. Have you ever wondered how they do it? Would you like to boost your own language learning experience? In this podcast we discuss top 5 mistakes to avoid when learning a foreign language.

 

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Using Memrise – how to create effective mems

Learning languages, Technology

Memrise is all about mems. They’re mnemonic devices that can help you remember a new word or phrase. Like the one below:

So in this video I show you how to create mems on Memrise. I start off by explaining what memes are and how they can help you remember new words. I also give a few examples of effective memes and explain what makes them effective.

 

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Spanish in the United States of America.

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The United States is now the second largest Spanish speaking country after Mexico (128 million) according to a new report on the language commissioned by the highly respected Instituto Cervantes. According to the report, in the USA, the language boasts 41 million native speakers, as well as a further 11.6 million who are bilingual with English.This gives the US more Spanish speakers than Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) (figures reported in the Guardian Newspaper on 29th June 2015). The US Census office predicts that the country will have over 128 million Spanish speakers by 2050. This will mean that fully one third of US citizens will be Spanish speaking in just over 30 years time.

So why is Spanish in the US so hidden & why does it retain a minority language status even in the parts of the nation where its speakers are in the majority such as Los Angeles? How is the language being used today in the country, in the mainstream media, politics and society? Why is the language sometimes perceived as a threat? Why does Spanish still seem not to be associated with the US in Europe? Explore US Spanish with Robert William McCaul & Marek Kiczkowiak on the award-winning language podcast: the TEFL show.

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How to use the Memrise app – a quick tutorial

Learning languages, Technology

In the last few videos I talked about different features of the website, such as how to create a course for your learners, and you can watch the videos here. However, the app for Android and iPhones is quite different from the way the website is set up, so in this video I will show you how to use it. The tutorial should be useful both for those who have used Memrise app or website in the past, as well as those who are completely new to it.

If you’re planning to use the app with your students (as I’m doing at the moment), you can get them to watch the tutorial at home before class. I found that it really reduces the time you’d need to otherwise spend on explaining how the app works in class.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out the other video tutorials which are available on YouTube here. The course English for Academic Purposes that you can see in the video can be found here.

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Tips for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and Task 2

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In this episode we look at IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and 2. We go through some of the key things you need to know as a teacher and a student to get a high score. The episode is aimed both at teachers who are teaching IELTS preparation classes, as well as students studying for the exam.

Let us know if you’ve got any other tips. Would love to hear from you!

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Memrise – a few features that make it a really useful language learning tool

Learning languages, Technology

In the previous video I showed you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So in this episode, I go over a couple of key features which make Memrise stand out from the crowd of language learning websites and apps.

Check out the previous video about Memrise if you want to get some tips for creating a vocabulary course for your learners.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other articles that I’ve written about it:

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Memrise – creating a course for your learners

Learning languages, Technology

In this video I show you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So if you haven’t used it yet, or haven’t got around to using it with your learners, then this video is definitely for you.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other articles that I’ve written about it:

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A Guide to Underhill’s Phonemic Chart for English. Part 1: The vowels.

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Underhills Phonemic Chart with Examples

Underhill’s phonemic chart for English from Sound Foundations.

The TEFL Show presents a guide to Underhill’s phonemic chart for English using RP as our reference variety. Perfect for teachers and students who want to get to grips with the English vowel system.We go through each of the monophthongs and diphthongs in detail, giving example words of each and offering novel ways of remembering their phonetic value.

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Can we learn a second language like we learned our first?

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Can we learn a second language like we learned our first?
Why do children seem to have such an easy time picking up their native tongue while we adults tend to struggle for years with a second language and never make it much beyond intermediate level? Can we acquire a language in the same way as kids do their first? Read my article on British Council Voices Magazine exploring some of the ideas of Steven Krashen & their classroom implications.

https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/can-we-learn-second-language-we-learned-our-first

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