Category Archives: Culture

Being an English Language Learner

Check out this short film, Immersion, which gives us a great view into what our students’ worlds might be like.  Definite food for thought about what some of our students are going through.

 

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Deciphering Dying Languages

Here’s another story from this morning’s NPR.  Here’s the gist; creating computer programs to run linguistic analysis on unknown languages to determine commonalities, and possibly using this software to categorize some of the world’s dying languages.  Really interesting stuff!

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/30/352661301/certain-english-errors-may-decipher-clues-to-dying-languages

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Kids and Screen Time

Heard this on NPR this morning; very interesting stuff about the impact of switching screen time for face time… couldn’t embed the audio, but follow the link.  It’s well worth it!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/09/30/351521488/kids-and-screen-time-cutting-through-the-static

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Palestinian Dabke

The “Dabke” is a traditional dance found throughout the Middle East.  It’s often performed during a time of celebration, such as a wedding or the celebration of a birth.  Here we see the dabke performed at a Palestinian wedding…

 

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Language, Meaning, and Connotation

This podcast, from PRI’s “The World,” discusses how different languages talk about pregnancy and the possible implications of word choice to talk about pregnancy.  Extremely interesting stuff….

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-04-14/language-pregnancy-seems-pregnant-meaning-it

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Non-native Language Teachers

Here’s a video from Steve Kaufmann, via our Georgetown class discussion.  Brings up some great points about non-native English speaking teachers.

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Myths About Bilingual Children

Thanks to Sarah Carey!

 

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