Language Was an Obstacle, but Not a Barrier The New York Times
When Saba Arain arrived in New York from Pakistan in 2009, she left behind a teaching career and a large family. The only person she knew in the city was her ...
Microsoft looks to tap into Indian language users; rolls out 10 new phonetic keyboards YourStory
Microsoft even supports Indian language email addresses. The tech giant is also implementing Deep Neural Networks to improve real-time language translation.
Gilets jaunes: All the French language you need to understand the 'yellow vests' The Local France
With the "yellow vest" movement on everyone's lips, some foreign observers of France are struggling to find the right words to talk about such a complicated ...
Should schools reinforce second languages? New Zealand First doesn't think so Newshub
New Zealand First will oppose a National Party bill to strengthen second language learning in schools through Government funding, but a language professor ...
Scientific assessment of endangered languages produces mixed results Phys.Org
A new study of the progress made over the last 25 years in documenting and revitalizing endangered languages shows both significant advances and critical ...
Little Italy: local language school connects residents on a cultural level Soapbox Cincinnati
Melinda Harris has been taking a trip to Italy every summer for several years. But it wasn't until she began studying Italian at School Amici that she started to ...
Drops: Learn a Language – One Drop at a Time Moneylife
This is an app which aims to teach you a foreign language but it does so in bite-sized chunks using pictures and games to help you learn and remember the ...
Romance with foreign languages; DU's Language Institute draws huge students - United News of Bangladesh
Romance with foreign languages; DU's Language Institute draws huge students United News of Bangladesh
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) – Courses on foreign languages offered by the Institute of Modern Language (IML) of Dhaka University (DU) are gaining huge popularity ...
John McWhorter with Lane Greene, author of Talk on the Wild Side. Slate
A conversation about the “vague and anarchic” nature of language.
Deaf and hearing impaired Indians push for official sign language recognition Devex
BANGALORE, India — For 18 years, Anuj Jain lived a lonely life. Born to hearing parents, he and his three deaf sisters were unable to communicate with them or ...
Minot lawmaker looks to clear up language in state century code KFYR-TV
A Minot lawmaker is looking to clear up some of the language in the state century code impacting victim's rights.
Telegram Brings Custom Language Support, Instant View 2.0 for Android and iOS Users Gadgets 360
Telegram for iOS app update v5.1 brings better Apple Watch support, a new 'Read All' feature, and more than 400 minor improvements as well.
Pre-Texts as an Innovative Language Learnings Program Developed by Harvard PRNewswire
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- "Education Technology and Language Learning," a seminar hosted on November 19, 2018, by Doris ...
The language of capitalism isn't just annoying, it's dangerous The Outline
A new book argues that words like “innovation” are doing more than telling you who to avoid at parties.
20 Go language projects for mastering microservices InfoWorld
From toolkits for messaging and routing to API design and app frameworks, the Go language has everything you need to go micro.
Oscars: Foreign Language Shortlist Voting Nears The Wire; A Preview Of Possibilities Deadline
Phase I voting for the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film race closes on Tuesday, which means it's time for our annual preview of the movies that have shaped ...
Peeking inside machines that translate between languages Digit
The mind maps that digital brains have for language translations can look very pretty.
Trump's 'Smocking Gun' And Five More Times He Bent The English Language To His Will Esquire.com
It's hard to imagine a dictionary without 'covfefe' in it now.
Want to speak Tok Pisin? ANU offers more regional languages The Australian
Mongolian and Burmese are two of the languages soon to be on offer at the Australian National University following an announcement due today of an 11.6 ...
Hawaiian-language version of 'Moana' to be given to schools Houston Chronicle
HONOLULU (AP) — The 2016 Disney film "Moana" re-recorded in the Hawaiian language will be given to every accredited school across Hawaii.
TIOBE’s Latest Language Rankings are a Little ‘Ya Basic’ Dice Insights
This month's edition of the TIOBE Index, which ranks the popularity of various programming languages, has a surprise: Microsoft's Visual Basic .NET has.
Niti Aayog, IIT developing Indian-language bot Gadgets Now
NITI Aayog has collaborated with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna, under director Pushpak Bhattacharyya to develop a natural language processor ...
Can Roma become the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars? - The Independent
Can Roma become the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars? The Independent
In their 90-year history, the Academy Awards have never seen a Best Picture winner in any language other than English. The Artist came close in 2011 in that it ...
UCT researcher is in the vanguard of preserving threatened languages Business Day
A UCT academic is at the forefront of ensuring that threatened languages, part of Africa's unique intellectual treasures, survive.
Speaking two languages may help the aging brain Laredo Morning Times
Even when you're fluent in two languages, it can be a challenge to switch back and forth smoothly between them. It's common to mangle a split verb in Spanish, ...
George HW Bush, Language Guy – Lingua Franca - Blogs The Chronicle of Higher Education
Reading and listening to coverage of the death of George Bush, my thoughts turned, naturally, to his use of language. Most notably, for a one-term president, ...
US Sided with Russia, Others to Weaken Climate Report Language WLTZ 38 NBC
(CNN) – The United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait over the weekend at a Global Climate Summit. The American delegation voted against ...
Charles Bernstein's Poems Rethink Language Hyperallergic
For more than 40 years Charles Bernstein has been writing poetry that doesn't always mean what it seems to be saying. It's not simply that his work is often ...
Are Ontario schools falling behind when it comes to teaching international languages? TVO
Although Ontario is linguistically diverse, it hasn't yet figured out what place international languages should have in schools. (iStock.com/ecep-bg). Share.
The language of diabetes harms sufferers – it's time for change The Independent
Diabetes eh. It's a plague, I tell you, a plague. It's an epidemic caused by bad lifestyle choices. It's going to break the NHS. It goes hand in hand with obesity.
South Dakota Legislature Looks To Discuss Options For Foreign Language Driving Exams KELOLAND TV
South Dakota is one in six states in the U.S. that has their driving exam just only in English.
How art therapy is helping stroke victims speak a new language Noted
An Auckland art therapy programme, called re-stART, held at Mapura Studios, is thought to be the first in the world targeting stroke survivors.
How Did Human Language Evolve? Scientists Still Don't Know - The Crux Discover Magazine
Humans have language and other animals don't. That's obvious, but how it happened is not. Since Darwin's time, scientists have puzzled over the evolution of ...
US teamed up with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to weaken language supporting landmark climate report - KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
US teamed up with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to weaken language supporting landmark climate report KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
The United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait over the weekend at a global climate summit to contest language supporting a landmark climate ...
IT and Language roles available at MathWorks in Galway CareersPortal
IT and Language roles available at MathWorks in Galway Fancy a job that combines IT and languages? MathWorks has announced an expansion of its Galway ...
English language teaching educators must be protected Irish Examiner
As English language teaching continues to grow, protections for teachers are required at this point, writes Leon Vaughan. Teachers with their union Unite ...
Does Your Language Influence How You Think? Scientific American
Last November, I ran an episode on the myth that the Inuit language has a surprisingly large number of words for “snow.” I talked about how this myth is one ...
Here's a new, smarter way to learn a new language Boing Boing
At the rate the world is shrinking, you don't need to be a globetrotter for a second language to be a useful skill. And if you're looking to learn that second ...
Do the Oscars Have an Asia Problem in the Foreign Language Film Race? TheWrap
The Academy has only nominated seven films from 17 Asian countries in the last 20 years.
PETA asks people to stop using 'anti-animal language,' including common phrases MyTwinTiers.com
PETA is asking people to stop using common phrases like "bring home the bacon," claiming that it is anti-animal language that trivializes cruelty to animals.
PETA's campaign to stop anti-animal language sparked a new meme Mashable
The animal rights group tried to start a progressive campaign, but got meme'd instead.
Malay can become one of UN's official languages - Maszlee New Straits Times
KUALA NERUS: The Education Ministry's wish to include Malay as one of the United Nations' (UN) official languages can be achieved as the language is.
Heavy screen time for kids results to poor performance in language, reasoning tests - Standard Digital
Heavy screen time for kids results to poor performance in language, reasoning tests Standard Digital
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends parents "avoid digital media use -- except video chatting -- in children younger than 18 to 24 months" ...
Ubisoft getting rid of Rainbow Six Siege's automatic toxic language bans Neowin
The system that deals out automatic bans to Rainbow Six Siege players using inappropriate language is being removed today. Ubisoft is implementing a new ...
Prince William wants George, Charlotte and Louis to learn this language New Idea
A revered UK historian has revealed the language Prince William hopes his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will learn as they ...
Sydney mum writes bilingual children's books to preserve Arabic language ABC News
After struggling to find a children's story she could read to her daughter in Arabic, Sydney mum Sirine Demachkie decided to write and illustrate her own in an ...
Pangasinan as language on brink of extinction INQUIRER.net
With fewer residents using it in their conversations at home, the Pangasinan language is now on the brink of extinction, linguists said here.
Why describing struggling Indigenous languages as 'extinct' can further erode culture CBC.ca
Some languages are declining, but Galla said focus should be placed instead on the work that its remaining speakers are putting in to ensure they don't die.
Russian rising: the global demand to learn the language of Tolstoy euronews
In this special edition of Learning World, Euronews looks at the global demand to learn Russian and what opportunities are available to students.
What I learned from challenging Islamophobic language in public America Magazine
Confronted with a political candidate's Islamophobic language, the author chose not to walk away or to pounce in anger, but to reach across a divide.
How Scientific American Helps Shape the English Language Scientific American
Scientific American magazine is widely recognized for its contributions to science and scientific publication. This reputation stems from the unique scope and ...
A Universal Translator for Dog Language Psychology Today
Computer algorithms are being used to attempt to translate the communication sounds that dogs make into interpretable human language.
Senator uses loaded language to stress need for diversity Times Union
ALBANY — State Sen. Kevin Parker stirred controversy on Thursday at the Renaissance Albany Hotel while talking about the upcoming legislative session for ...
‘Moana’ Hawaiian Version Seeks to Save Endangered Language Voice of America
The 2016 movie Moana tells the story of a girl who lives on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Now, a Hawaiian language version of the film is being provided to ...
5 Most Sought After Programming Languages For Robotics You Should Learn In 2019 - Analytics India Magazine
5 Most Sought After Programming Languages For Robotics You Should Learn In 2019 Analytics India Magazine
To build a career in robotics, one requires a specialisation in the various technology fields along with a set of robust programming language. In this article, we list ...
Israel market regulator proposes English language option for listed companies Yahoo! Finance News
All companies listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange should be allowed to report in English to help them to attract more international investment, Israel's market ...
The key to cracking long-dead languages? BBC News
Tablets from some of the world's oldest civilisations hold rich details about life thousands of years ago, but few people today can read them. New technology is ...
The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland review - The Irish Times
The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland review The Irish Times
Margaret Kelleher studies a man's hanging in context of a legal world oblivious of Irish.
Search for extraterrestrial intelligence: how humpback whales can teach us to talk to aliens - Vox.com
Search for extraterrestrial intelligence: how humpback whales can teach us to talk to aliens Vox.com
For decades, a group of researchers on a quest to find extraterrestrial life have been listening patiently to the cosmos. From their hub at the SETI Institute (a.k.a. ...
Redskins working to get language for new stadium into year-end spending bill: report | TheHill - The Hill
Redskins working to get language for new stadium into year-end spending bill: report | TheHill The Hill
The owner of the Washington Redskins is reportedly working with D.C. officials to have language that would help pave the way for a new football stadium ...
A new language for chemistry Royal Society of Chemistry
Scientists in Germany are using artificial intelligence to design a new language for accurately describing the structure of molecules – paving the way for more ...
Language matters INQUIRER.net
Two years after its implementation, the Supreme Court ruled that the State validly exercised its powers in extending, through the senior high school (SHS), the ...
How Deaf Children Are Being Locked Out of Language OZY
Eighty percent of deaf youth worldwide don't have access to education, and only 2 percent are taught in sign language.
Autistic children, parents may shape each other's language Spectrum
Parents may speak to their autistic children using fewer words and less complex sentences than do parents of typical children, which in turn shapes the ...
The impact of climate change on language loss The Conversation - Canada
Approximately 7000 languages are spoken in the world today, but only about half are expected to survive this century. One factor contributing to this loss is ...
How a second language can boost the brain Knowable Magazine
Even when you're fluent in two languages, it can be a challenge to switch back and forth smoothly between them. It's common to mangle a split verb in Spanish, ...
Origin of Human Language Began With Cave Art, Scientists Theorize Inverse
In 2018, scientists came one step closer to understanding how humans developed their own language. In February, Inverse reported on a Frontiers in ...
Refugees finding work, missing Danish lessons: language schools The Local Denmark
Levels of absence from Danish language lessons have increased amongst refugees and people granted family reunification status in Denmark.
Argument analysis: Justices debate revised language in patent-priority statute SCOTUSblog
This morning's argument in Helsinn v. Teva Pharmaceuticals brought the justices their first patent case of the year. As expected, this argument included little of ...
Students need guidance in languages they speak Nature.com
Mentorship programmes in languages besides English could unlock opportunities for young scientists in Latin America, says Clarissa Rios Rojas.
York council sets date and language for mayoral recall vote 1011now
A special recall election has been scheduled Feb. 12 on York Mayor Orval Stahr.
Developing instruments to detect language problems earlier Science Daily
Using the Computerized Comprehension Task, the team measured concepts by asking children to touch images on a touch-sensitive screen that represented ...
Loosening Oscar Rules Releases Strong Pics in Foreign-Language Race Variety
However you slice the foreign-language film Oscar, it remains bound by rules and regulations that ensure it can never be fully representative of world cinema: in ...
Teachers worry foreign language classes could be cut in Oswego District 308 Chicago Tribune
Teachers are concerned foreign language instruction would lose out as Oswego-based District 308 prepares for another round of budget reductions to help ...
7 Programming Languages Your Developers Need to Know Business 2 Community
At the heart of dev work, you'll see a team of developers who utilize critical thinking, creative approaches, and technical know-how in designing products that can ...
Jay Rosen pitches the English-language Correspondent on The Daily Show - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Jay Rosen pitches the English-language Correspondent on The Daily Show Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
A sentence I did not expect to type this year: Jay Rosen was on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last night, promoting The Correspondent, the U.S. iteration of ...
Meet the remote Indigenous community where a few thousand people use 15 different languages - The Conversation AU
Meet the remote Indigenous community where a few thousand people use 15 different languages The Conversation AU
On Australia's remote north-central coast, the small community of Maningrida is remarkable for many reasons. It boasts dramatic coastal scenery, ...
‘Girl’ Featurette: Netflix’s Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Explores True Transgender Story Of Ballerina Born As A Boy - Deadline
‘Girl’ Featurette: Netflix’s Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Explores True Transgender Story Of Ballerina Born As A Boy Deadline
Girl was just nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and is the official entry from Belgium for Oscars.
Language learning app Babbel sold 1M US subscriptions this year, moves into language travel - TechCrunch
Language learning app Babbel sold 1M US subscriptions this year, moves into language travel TechCrunch
In the world of online language learning, there are basically two heavyweights: Duolingo and Babbel. Duolingo is betting on a freemium model and a strong ...
Julia vs Python: Which programming language will rule machine learning in 2019? TechRepublic
Having recently hit version 1.0, those behind Julia now have ambitions for it to become the language of choice in the field of machine learning.
Identifying Extreme Vs. Moderate Language In Online Ratings Science Trends
Those who take moderate and nuanced positions often lament the rise in extreme rhetoric and polarized debates. While social media is often identified as.
Zaev reignites controversy over 'Macedonian' language | News www.ekathimerini.com
Reigniting the controversy over the issue of a "Macedonian" language, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Premier Zoran Zaev said Monday, “It is ...
Reducing the language barrier The Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS/NORWAY — Along with the usual on-the-job training one might expect, Amir Emduma — a warehouse packer for Nordstrom in Cedar Rapids ...
Here's the only time you should put a foreign language on your resume CNBC
Speaking a second language is in demand, thanks to today's global economy. But don't be tempted to put a foreign language on your resume unless you're ...
Microsoft's Visual Basic .Net dead? No, it's fifth most popular programming language ZDNet
Microsoft's Visual Basic .Net reaches an all-time high on a popularity index.
MHRD removes Kashmiri language from Bhasha Sangam portal on KPs 'objection' Greater Kashmir
Linguists and experts have expressed concern over the withdrawing of Kashmiri language from MHRD language-promoting portal — Bhasha Sangam — after ...
YouTube Top 10 Music Videos of 2018 Dominated by Spanish-Language Tracks The Gazette
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The most popular YouTube music videos this year once again had a distinct espanol flavor. Eight of the top 10 most-viewed ...
A Shrewdness of Apes? Collective Nouns Are a 500-Year-Old Language Fad HowStuffWorks
Collective nouns, or names for groups, are sometimes very strange. HowStuffWorks looks at where they came from.
How the rise of veganism may tenderise fictional language The Conversation - UK
For countless generations, meat has been considered the single most important component of any meal. But meat is more than just a form of sustenance, it is the ...
10 Free Websites to Learn Any Programming Language Technotification
There are hundreds of courses available on the internet that you can buy to learn any programming language. But, it's not possible for everyone to pay for online ...
Winston Peters blames 'language Nazis' for bullying scandals Newshub
He warns that "Nazis" are trying to control how people express themselves.
So What Is Keith Urban's Love Language? CMT.com
A brief analysis of the conversation between Keith Urban and the co-hosts of a Brisbane morning radio show.
Thousands demonstrate in Ottawa for French-language rights Ottawa Citizen
Thousands of Franco-Ontarians and supporters filled the south lawn of Ottawa City Hall on Saturday, demanding that the provincial Progressive Conservative ...
Star India confirms 5 language broadcast, 14 screens and Hotstar for bigger, better Khelo India - InsideSport
Star India confirms 5 language broadcast, 14 screens and Hotstar for bigger, better Khelo India InsideSport
Star India has committed to broadcast the Khelo India School Games in five languages across 14 Star Sports cluster screens as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and ...
The Racist Politics of the English Language Boston Review
In a post-election analysis, New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns described Corey Stewart, the Confederate-sympathizing Virginia ...
How to nurture speakers of ‘difficult’ languages Financial Times
Governments and companies need to work out how to manage multilingual staff.
COMMENT: Is Python really the best language for data science in finance? eFinancialCareers
Should you be learning something else if you want a data science job?
Tākaro anō! Gamers press play on Māori and Pasifika language Stuff.co.nz
Gaming in te reo has thrown up an unusual problem for a new Porirua business. While the Arepa Gamer's Club is on a mission to teach and further the Māori ...
Jackson sheriff doesn’t appeal recall language, signature gathering begins MLive.com
Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand apologizes and talks in general terms about the situation involving him and a federal lawsuit from his office on Tuesday, ...
SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg gave the internet language The Verge
Although SpongeBob SquarePants has been airing more or less consistently for nearly 20 years, the show's first three seasons — which aired between 1999 ...
Learn to Speak Basic Chinese (Mandarin) Words and Phrases
The Chinese Language and dialects
Learn Italian in Your Hometown
Are you interested in learning the Italian language right in your own hometown? There are several options that you can explore to find the Italian classes that are just perfect for you! First, you should consider whether you would you enjoy the interaction that takes place among students in group classes, or if you would prefer the one-on-one attention of a private instructor.
Learn Italian for Free
Italian is one of the most widespread languages in the world, and speaking it can give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment, an edge in your career, and even a stronger bond with your ancestors if you are of Italian descent. There are many ways you can learn Italian, including textbooks, tapes, CDs, software, group classes or private lessons, but there are also ways you can begin or continue your studies of the Italian language entirely for FREE!
GROUSE ... GROUSE ... GROUSE!!!
I realize that we here in the United States consider ourselves at the top rung of the educational ladder, if only for the fact that so many foreign language students are breaking their necks to come here to both study and live English.
7 Words Americans Should Stop Using Until Further Investigation
Relationship: Here is a word that is used to qualify, justify and honey coat just about every nefarious, sleazy or reprehensible union between almost anybody and anything. Recently on an edition of the Jerry Springer show a guest was about to be interviewed who was getting it on with a very close relative. Heckles, and murmurs flowed through the crowd from the moment they entered the room and much of the way through the interview. Everything quieted down instantly when Springer asked the question, using in this case the great justifier. He asked how long they had been having this relationship. The audience quieted at first then began to add their opinions and advice as if the word relationship provided all the civility and credence needed to put this obviously perverted affair back into the realm of respectability or at least acceptability. The word is used today to describe everything from marriages to the on-goings between a farmer and his barn animals. This is an overused word that has elevated some of the worst unions in history to a place they hardly deserve.
Learning a Foreign Language: Why Should you Learn Words You Never Use in Your Mother Tongue?
Imagine a child sitting in front of a desk, his head in his hands, and mumbling various lists of words over and over. Does this child remind you of your own experience? If yes, I bet that "list of words" does not sound appealing to you. You are almost ready to swear that they do not work. Before you mortgage your part of paradise, it may be wise to make sure you are right.
Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier
Imagine the following scenario: You wake up one morning and instead of speaking English, everyone around you--including your family and friends--is speaking Hungarian. This is a problem because you don't speak Hungarian and you don't have a clue what they're saying. You become frustrated. The people around you become frustrated, too, but instead of switching back to English, they speak Hungarian more loudly.
Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
There is an increasing amount of English language learners represented in our schools for whom a unique approach to developing literacy is necessary. The development of literacy by English language learners (ELLs) includes all of the challenges implicit for English speaking children literacy attainments, and is additionally compounded by a diversity of linguistic, cognitive and academic variables.
Why an EarlyAGE 2nd Language?
English Language Sputtering Online Like an Old Ford!
Sad, but true. Just about everywhere you look online, the English language is suffering a fate worse than death. The problem, in reality, is so widespread that it has begun to affect all aspects of the language. "But, what on Earth does this have to do with Internet marketing?" you may be asking. Well, my fellow netpreneur...Everything!
Learn Korean: Part 2 - Social Status in Culture
Part 1 of this series covered the language and language families in general for the Asian languages. Part 2 will cover the social conduct that is seen throughout Asian countries.
Teaching English in Greece - What Do You Need to Know?
The employment situation can be quite uncertain for newcomers to Greece and therefore many people choose to try teaching English as a foreign language, on a full or part-time basis. It can bring in a good income whether it is your preferred career choice, or you wish to do it short-term until another career choice pans out. Qualifications and Experience There are many language schools or frontistiria in Athens and all over Greece, to which you could apply for work. In order to get a job in one of these schools, it is still not strictly necessary to have a formal teaching qualification such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Often all that is required is a university degree (in any subject) from a UK or US university. That said, if you are uncertain about your ability to teach English and want to ensure that you start off in this line of work with the necessary skills, a course would be useful. It would provide you with some teaching theory, knowledge of English grammar (let's face it, many of us have never formally studied English grammar in any great depth, even though we speak and write English everyday) and give you some valuable experience of teaching in a classroom, since this is included in most courses. When applying for jobs, you will find vacancies that specify that previous teaching experience is required and others for which no experience is necessary. It does not matter if you do not speak a lot of Greek. Native English speakers are often valued for other reasons such as having what is seen as a "proper" accent. Many people also swear by the approach of not speaking your students' language, so that they hear only English being spoken for the duration of the lesson. You will find ways to make yourself understood. In my experience of language teaching, it can even be counter-productive if your students know that you speak their language well, because they may be too easily tempted to speak to you in Greek when they find it hard going. Finding work Teaching English as a foreign language jobs are widely advertised in newspapers and on the Internet all year round and most often from August to October. As well as applying before in Greece, you can also go to door-to-door around the frontistiria with your CV, again in the August to October period. If you are visiting them in person, it is not recommended that you spend time doing this any earlier than August because the schools often do not consider their recruitment needs much before the beginning of the academic year. Pay and working conditions Pay and conditions offered by language schools will vary enormously, so it is important to check these out in detail first before accepting a contract. If time is on your side, it may be worth speaking to several schools rather than taking the first job you are offered. Also, if you work in a frontistirio it is quite likely that you will be working mainly in the afternoons and evenings, since this is when children and adults are free to take their lessons. Making some extra money Many people who teach English as a foreign language in a school, also do private English on the side and this can become a lucrative activity in itself. Working in a language school for a few months is a good way to meet students and advertise the fact that you do private English lessons, on a one-to-one basis. It can be difficult to get the first few, but then through word of mouth, you'll get more if you do a good job ? that great social network of mums and dads on the school run can work wonders! The University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exam system seems to be the most widely known and respected in Greece, many people who want to be taught privately are preparing to sit a Cambridge exam or some other type of test. It is worth familiarising yourself with the system ? there is an enormous amount of free information on the Internet, including lesson plans, tips, exam practice etc. The exams which are most commonly sat by students are the "First Certificate in English" (which many people still refer to by its old name: "Lower"), "Certificate of Proficiency in English" (known as "Proficiency"), and "Certificate in Advanced English" (commonly referred to as "Advanced"). More information is available from the Cambridge ESOL web site (www.cambridgeesol.org). What private students will want from you varies a great deal. Some may just want a conversation class, others may just be starting on the Cambridge examinations path and there will be some who are already at a very high level and may need detailed coaching on specific grammar points or on vocabulary for a particular purpose e.g. business English. And given these differences, the amount of preparation required on your part and the fee per hour you are able to charge will probably vary too. I will finish with a word on advertising. My experience has been that I have paid out money for two newspaper ads, which got back zero replies! What has worked well for me is local advertising - you need to use your imagination. I put a card in local shops and a small notice in the back window of my car and you can see people reading it at every traffic light! Just beware of getting calls on your mobile phone while you're driving - not good! As I said before, word of mouth should kick in too once you have your first couple of lessons.
Show Me the Bunny: Language Acquisition
Some children are really funny about experimenting with speech. Nonetheless, the first intelligible words bring such a feeling of elation to a parent. Come on, Sweetie. Show Mumma the bunny. Without saying a word, my little girl points to a plush rabbit.
Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)
What? Kanji can be learned quickly? This seems an impossible dream to many students of Japanese who come from a non-kanji language culture. Even hiragana and katakana seem impossibly hard to the average beginner, so remembering kanji, with all their intricate strokes and multiple readings, can appear to be beyond the abilities of the human mind.
Teaching English in Mexico: A Decent Living?
What's more disappointing than a person who makes a promise he can't keep? A person who makes a promise that is a lie. Many promises to make a "decent living" teaching English in Mexico are just that-a lie.
Online IELTS Preparation - Why Does It Make Sense?
Because IELTS is a difficult test. While most agree that IELTS is a reasonable test, it is generally regarded as one of the most challenging tests of its type.
Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 2)
In Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery Part 1, we looked at mnemonic methods devised by James Heisig and Kenneth Henshall to speed-up kanji acquisition. We saw how their techniques activate the imagination by assigning different meanings individual elements of each kanji. But perhaps these methods do not work so well for you. If you are more of a visual learner, what are your options for rapid kanji assimilation?
English Has Come A Long, Long Way...
I often wonder what would happen if Shakespeare were to be transported in a time machine to our world today. What would he think? How would he react?
Learning a Foreign Language: the Ventriloquists Lesson
The main feature you have to master, in order to call yourself a ventriloquist, is to speak without moving your lips. It is not that difficult. There is a trick, of course. The sounds M, B and P make your lips move, as make the sounds V and F but in a lesser way. So, in order to be a ventriloquist, you should ban any word with m, b or p inside and avoid to pronounce f-v words. If your name is Mabel or Patrick, choose a stage name!
Bridging the Language Gap Using Bilingual Picture Books
There are more than 39 million Hispanics live in the United States making it the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. It is estimated that within five years, only Mexico will have more Spanish-speakers than the U.S. Schools are offering bilingual courses and fully integrated bilingual curriculum. In some areas of the country , Spanish even exceeds English as the first language of the residents. Families are integrating languages into their neighborhoods regularly.
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