Monthly Archives: January 2010

iPad, Kindle, LingQ and the future of language learning

iPad, iPod, Kindle and other hand-held devices for reading and manipulating language content on handy portable devices is the next frontier in language learning. See this post by Jeffrey Hill. Just as the MP3 player made it possible to carry your … Continue reading

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The Linguist on Language blog as an ebook.

I have compiled a summary of some of my blog posts of the past 5 years in the form of an ebook. You can download it if you scroll down on the right hand side of the blog. Let me know what you think. Continue reading

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The role of correction in language learning – very limited and only with permission.

The role of correction in language learning – very limited and only with permission.I recently did two youtube videos that are related to this subject, one in English and one in Spanish. This has generated some lively discussions. Some people felt… Continue reading

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Wikipedia again

I was searching for information on Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong and as usual Wikipedia popped up. There is what this authoritative source, carefully edited by its volunteer guardians of impartiality approved. Ming Pao’s style is somewhat more p… Continue reading

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Funding for immigrant ESL in smaller communities -$2,000 per immigrant per year.

According to this news item, the Canadian government is funding a program to train ESL coordinators who in turn train volunteers to teach English to immigrants. The funding for the program is $2 million and the number of immigrants served was 894…. Continue reading

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Mandarin Chinese learning boom or is it a fad?

There was an article in the New York Times recently about the rising interest in learning Mandarin Chinese and the decline in interest in other languages. I wrote the following letter to the NY Times.”A few words of caution on the Mandarin learnin… Continue reading

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Avatar and language learning

Is there are connection between Avatar and language learning? Well there may be two. First of all, someone spammed my youtube channel with an offer to download Avatar free of charge. This caused me to google Avatar to see what the movie is all abo… Continue reading

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