Monthly Archives: March 2010

Inflatable Sumo suits are racist? Have they nothing to do at University?

Inflatable Sumo suits used as party props are racist according to Queens University, in Kingston Ontario. Read this article from the National Post. While you’re at it check out the other article about a study that found that racism is widespread a… Continue reading

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Brazilian Portuguese usage, from the University of Texas at Austin

Ta Falado is a great source of learning material for Portuguese learners from the University of Texas at Austin. These resources are available free of charge on the internet. This particular series is a pleasant review of Portuguese usage in Brazi… Continue reading

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New languages at LingQ

We are going to add languages to LingQ, but we will do so at a leisurely pace. Vote on which language we should add next at LingQ. The language with the most votes on June 1 will be added. Tell your friends to vote too! This vote is not limited to… Continue reading

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How to test in language education.

People do like to measure their activities. How should that be done when it comes to language learning. Continue reading

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Why we learn languages.

We learn languages because it is enjoyable. If it is not enjoyable, it is difficult to learn. We do not learn well if it is only for the utilitarian reasons so often given. Continue reading

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Anxiety in language learning.

All learners experience some degree of anxiety when speaking a foreign language, at least until they are very comfortable in the language. Here is an article that reports on some research on the subject and tries to draw some conclusions. The writ… Continue reading

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Get rid of language tests.

Tests are the biggest obstacle to language learning in schools. We should get rid of them. The result cannot be worse than what happens with French learning in Canada, or English learning in Japan and many countries of Europe. Continue reading

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