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Finding and Organizing Authentic Content for Students

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One of the great early benefits for language learning  was the availability of authentic content.  At first students could find newspapers from abroad, then radio, then other kinds of multimedia, and finally even connect and interact with people via blogs, … Continue reading

Social Networks and Language Learning

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Akiko Meguro combined the social networking site Mixi (http://mixi.jp) and the Mixxer (http://www.language-exchanges.org) to make communication with native speakers an integral part of her course.  She uses the Mixxer to organize bi-weekly language exchanges via Skype for her students, then … Continue reading

UCLA’s Language Material’s Project

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UCLA announced the publishing of the “Language Material’s Project”.  It’s a very well organized database of resources for language teachers of less commonly taught languages. http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/Lessons.aspx?menu=003 These searchable repositories aren’t as necessary as they once were with the rise of … Continue reading

Univision comes to YouTube

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YouTube is looking to compete with other rising sites such as Hulu for the internet TV market.   They took a big step today by signing a deal with Univision. Wired on Univision and YouTube There’s certainly no shortage of video … Continue reading

Twinity, 3D Berlin

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Twinity is pushing their 3D version of Berlin, and they’re taking advantage of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  They’re holding lectures, classes, and have recreated the wall in it’s original location.  It is interesting to … Continue reading

Kindle Goes International

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The Kindle is now being sold in other countries.  Unfortunately, only English books are available.  Too bad, once books are available in other languages along with the corresponding built-in dictionary, it could be a real aid to the students in … Continue reading

Twitter Trends in other Languages

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This is fun and found via Mundaysa’s Twitter account. For those not familiar with Twitter, it’s a microblogging service.  Still doesn’t make the sense?  Imagine text chatting the world.  As it’s gained in popularity, it’s appeared in the regular news … Continue reading

New Study Abroad Bloggers

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So far we have Sarah in China and Matthew in Spain.  Looking forward to some post from Germany soon and hope to find some students in France and Japan!

Language Exchange Survey Results

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Results from language exchange surveys. JapaneseSkypeSurveysSpring2007 LanguageExchangeSurveryFall2008 (German, Spanish, and Italian)

Kafka and Spore

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It’s still quite rare to find video games based on literature, which makes another game based on a Kafka story so remarkable.  I’ve previously shown Kafkamesto to our German department.  It’s a very well done point and click game that … Continue reading