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Ocasio, Michelle A. – Learning Languages, 2016
This article describes Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual environment in which a user creates an avatar for the purpose of socializing, learning, developing skills, and exploring a variety of academic and social areas. Since its inception in 2003, Second Life has been used by educators to build and foster innovative learning environments and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods
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Mitchell, Claire – Learning Languages, 2015
Imagination, creation, and innovation are three powerful words that present many possibilities in the world language classroom. When learners can see themselves as language users, they take ownership of their learning experience and become more invested in and engaged with the topic being studied. This heightened sense of investment in turn leads…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learner Engagement, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness
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Madera, Piña – Learning Languages, 2015
For years, research has shown that language learning at an early age has great benefits. Most recently, a May 2015 study published in "Science Daily" suggests that exposure to multiple languages in childhood produces better communicators ("Children exposed to multiple languages"). A 2014 study in Singapore showed that infants…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Parents as Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Li, Zhihong; Sisson, Keith; Kung, Hsiang-te – Learning Languages, 2014
The purpose of this study is to find out how young children can learn, understand, and progress in the Chinese language. This study focuses on 13 students between two and three years old. The data collection methods used classroom observation, benchmarks, and parent questionnaires about at home behavior. The data analysis used is qualitative…
Descriptors: Young Children, Chinese, Language Acquisition, Toddlers
Sandrock, Paul – Learning Languages, 2013
The Common Core Standards have defined literacy and outlined the mission for English Language Arts in a way that provides a natural fit with the National Standards for Language Learning. Taking advantage of this connection, language teachers can showcase the importance of learning languages by demonstrating how literacy is learned, practiced, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Core Curriculum, FLES
Zeppieri, Rosanne; Russel, Priscilla – Learning Languages, 2013
In elementary schools around the United States, children learn in text-rich environments with literacy a primary goal of instruction, whether the instruction is in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, or Spanish. Nonetheless, second language instruction is often overlooked as a vehicle for building students' reading, writing, speaking,…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, FLES, Teaching Methods
Curtain, Helena – Learning Languages, 2013
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the National Standards for Foreign Language Education have several areas of commonality: (1) both standards have the goal that all students, by the end of 12th grade, will have the skills they need to be successful world citizens; (2) the literacy skills that are found in the Common Core are the same…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Core Curriculum, FLES
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Carver-Akers, Kateri – Learning Languages, 2013
In her article entitled, "Theoretical Reflections: Intercultural Framework / Model" Darla Deardorff provides the Pyramid Model of Cultural Competency. At the bottom of the pyramid she places three "Requisite Attitudes," which support the remaining three blocks above ("Knowledge & Comprehension/Skills,"…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness, Montessori Method, Elementary School Students
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Berdan, Stacie Nevadomski – Learning Languages, 2012
The author and her family spent a few weeks traveling through Central America last summer. A few years back, they had been to Guatemala, Belize and Costa Rica yet that was it, not much more exploration of their neighbors to the south. They decided on a short tour of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama and realized this would be a great opportunity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Fluency, Language Skills, Global Approach
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Gonzalez, Augusta; Sonstrom, Stefanie; Silvey, Patricia; Boscarino, Maryanne; Shea, Ida; Trusz, Jean; Perugini, Dorie; Krzemien, Marta; Caplette, Pamela; Lindsey, Barbara; Lindstrom, Sarah – Learning Languages, 2011
Glastonbury Public Schools hosted the NNELL Northeast Regional Workshop on September 24, 2011 in which the theme was "Engaging Digital Natives". Rita A. Oleksak, Director of Foreign Languages/ELL and NNELL vice-president delivered the keynote speech motivating the teachers to engage foreign language learners within the classroom and across their…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Workshops, FLES
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Burnside, Karen – Learning Languages, 2009
American Sign Language (ASL) began at Seminole Middle School in August 2007 as part of the program, D.E.C.A.L (Division of Communication and Law), the brainchild of principal, Dr. Kris Black. Her goal was to offer a program that would entice advanced middle school students from around Broward County to Seminole and the hook she used to entice them…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Second Language Learning, State Standards, Partial Hearing
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Dann, Tammy; Cornwell, Lindsey – Learning Languages, 2008
Information gap activities are partner tasks that improve interpersonal communication skills. One student has information the other student needs, hence a "gap" exists that students seek to close through communication. As students gain experience and language skills, they create language that is more meaningful. These are activities that…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Interpersonal Communication, Language Skills, Communication Skills
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Caccavale, Terry – Learning Languages, 2007
It has long been the assumption of many in the field of second language teaching that learning a second language helps to promote and enhance native language skill development, and that this correlation is direct and positive. Language professionals have assumed that learning a second language directly supports the development of better skills,…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Monolingualism, Literacy
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Nault, Dianne M. – Learning Languages, 2007
In immersion programs, language is not directly taught, but rather embedded into the content of a lesson. The target language is the medium of the lesson, not the object of the instruction. A story provides a language experience and encourages students to participate actively in the lesson. Children are also more apt to learn and retain ideas and…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Immersion Programs, Picture Books, American Indians
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Singer, Margaret Keefe – Learning Languages, 1997
Secondary school teachers invented a context for Louisiana's Eighth Grade French and Spanish Proficiency/Credit Exams based on real-life situations students would encounter on class trips to Disney's EPCOT Center. Test activities assess performance in four language skills areas: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Students' reaction to this…
Descriptors: French, Grade 8, Junior High Schools, Language Proficiency