Why Spanish is fast becoming Britain’s favorite foreign language EL PAIS
Spanish has been the favored second language in countries such as the US and Brazil for decades, but it has always been less popular in the United Kingdom.
Learn a New Language While Listening to Audiobooks Using This App Lifehacker
When you're trying to learn a new language, one of the best ways to comprehend how it all goes together is to apply all that vocabulary you've learned in a ...
Review: Delightful ‘Language Archive’ finds TheatreWorks on a roll The Mercury News
A month after winning a Regional Theatre Tony Award, TheatreWorks opens 50th season with clever, heartfelt 'Language Archive.'
Kids learn Spanish and French during summer language camp CBS19 News
Kids are learning the basics of Spanish and French during a summer camp at James Monroe's Highland.
A.I. is translating messages of long-lost languages Big Think
Researchers from MIT and Google Brain discover how to use deep learning to decipher ancient languages. The technique can be used to decode languages ...
Language law comes to force in Ukraine - news politics UNIAN
On July 16, the law on the state language came into force in Ukraine, two months after the legislation was published in the official press. No restrictions apply to ...
Smart meters go Welsh: latest glitch changes language on devices more than 100 miles from the border - The Telegraph
Smart meters go Welsh: latest glitch changes language on devices more than 100 miles from the border The Telegraph
Smart meter displays have randomly switched to Welsh baffling English homeowners in the latest glitch to plague users of the devices.
Sweet, loving words spoken in ‘Language Archive’ San Francisco Examiner
A communications-challenged linguistics expert occupies the center of “The Language Archive” by award-winning playwright Julia Cho (“Aubergine” and “Office ...
Ocasio-Cortez says Trump used "language of white supremacists" after he doubled down on racist tweet - Salon
Ocasio-Cortez says Trump used "language of white supremacists" after he doubled down on racist tweet Salon
President Donald Trump has doubled down on racist tweets sent over the weekend, in which he said four liberal Democratic congresswomen should "go back ...
Want a truly mind-expanding experience? Learn another language The Guardian
That Brexit has put Britis pupils off studying languages is tragic – it opens up whole new worlds, says Guardian columnist and author Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.
Elections in Mind? AAP Govt to Teach Maithili as Optional Language in Schools; BJP Smells Conspiracy - News18
Elections in Mind? AAP Govt to Teach Maithili as Optional Language in Schools; BJP Smells Conspiracy News18
New Delhi: Maithili would soon be taught in Delhi schools as an optional language to students between classes VIII and XII. Those preparing for Indian ...
How Language and Climate Connect JSTOR Daily
While we're losing biological diversity, we're also losing linguistic and cultural diversity at the same time. This is no coincidence.
Destination Andalucía Language Magazine
Leanna Robinson rallies for Andalucía as a study abroad location for Spanish immersion. There is nothing quite like learning Spanish in Spain. While many ...
Programming languages used by top unicorn startups like WeWork, Airbnb Business Insider
Coding Dojo published data on the programming languages and frameworks that the top unicorns use, like WeWork, Juul, Airbnb, and SpaceX.
Language wars: the 19 greatest linguistic spats of all time The Guardian
Words are ever evolving – but not without controversy. From creative applications of an apostrophe to the overuse of literally, what makes you rage?
Why English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages Quartz
According to a recent survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, 80% of European 15-to-30-year-olds can read and write in at least one foreign ...
Boise seeks more input on stadium, library ballot language Idaho Press-Tribune
BOISE — Residents were able to give their feedback to Boise City Council in person last month on the two ballot initiatives related to the main library and sports ...
People around the world still think English is the most valuable language to learn, study shows - CNBC
People around the world still think English is the most valuable language to learn, study shows CNBC
English is universally accepted as the most important language for children to learn — but Mandarin is catching up, according to new research.
Google Translate's Camera Feature Now Supports 88 Languages Lifehacker
I travel a ton, often to countries where my language skills are a little lacking. For those times, Google Translate has become an invaluable tool. The app helped ...
Meet the man saving his language from extinction SBS
In remote Western Australia, a small language and cultural centre is reviving an ancient Indigenous language.
Language of dance The Ellsworth American
LAMOINE — Three professional contemporary dancers and choreographers will present the fruit of their week-long creative residency at 7 p.m. Saturday, July.
Brexit 'hitting foreign languages in schools' BBC News
Brexit is causing poorer children to fall further behind in learning foreign languages, says the British Council. Parents in disadvantaged areas are telling teachers ...
Larry Fitzgerald on Cardinals offense: Simpler language, but have to process faster NBCSports.com
There's been a lot of speculation about what the Cardinals offense will look like in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's first season in Arizona and a full answer to that ...
Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages - MIT Technology Review
Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages MIT Technology Review
Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine translation treatment.
Jose Mourinho Reveals New Language He Is Studying Soccer Laduma
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed which language he is trying to perfect, seemingly hinting at his next possible destination.
WATCH: This Silicon Valley edtech startup is working with Oxford University Press to make language learning easy - YourStory
WATCH: This Silicon Valley edtech startup is working with Oxford University Press to make language learning easy YourStory
The language learning platform offers training in 14 languages, and soon plans to make learning accessible to all with their app.
I work with language every day, but I don't know the words my ancestors spoke ABC News
As a journalist, I see every day how the words we use give context and meaning to the world around us — but it's a keen reminder of what has been lost to my ...
Review: Langogo's Genesis translator takes a pocket-sized axe to the language barrier New Atlas
The Langogo Genesis is a hand-held pocket translator, smaller than a smartphone, that uses noise-cancelling microphones to translate between more than 100 ...
Saving vanishing words: Why Queens is the ‘Noah’s Ark of languages’ The Christian Science Monitor
The loss of a single language, legendary linguist Kenneth Hale used to say, “is like dropping a bomb on the Louvre.” Saving the world's rarest words means ...
Brexit widens the UK’s language divide between rich and poor Financial Times
How many possible Brexits are there? There is hard Brexit, which leads to a bare-bones trading agreement with the EU, and soft Brexit, which could leave Britain ...
Google Translate's camera now works with more than 100 languages Engadget
Google Translate's instant camera feature will now make translating a foreign street sign as easy as aiming your phone -- even if your native language isn't Eng..
Youngblood represents Magnolia schools at language workshop | Public & Private Schools - Magnoliareporter
Youngblood represents Magnolia schools at language workshop | Public & Private Schools Magnoliareporter
Magnolia Junior High School teacher Marissa Aranda Youngblood recently attended the first half of the Southwest ESOL Institute.
The "concentration camp" language debate is the wrong fight Quartz
As stories of the poor conditions in US detention centers proliferate, Americans are having an unsavory debate.
How Duolingo is using AI to humanize virtual language lessons VentureBeat
Duolingo is using AI to make virtual language learning feel more human, with *content* and lesson structure tailored to the individual.
Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet - TechRepublic
Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet TechRepublic
Frustrated by programming language shortcomings, Guido van Rossum created Python. With the language now used by millions, Nick Heath talks to van ...
Advice to the Players to present Shakespeare and the language that shaped the world - The Laconia Daily Sun
Advice to the Players to present Shakespeare and the language that shaped the world The Laconia Daily Sun
LACONIA — Advice to the Players will present 'Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped the World,' by Kevin G. Coleman, on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. ...
Rosalía's 'Spanishisms' upset Catalonia's language purists The Guardian
The Catalan pop star Rosalía has upset language purists with her first single recorded in Catalan, by using “Spanishisms” that critics say dilute the language.
5 unusual, evidence-based ways to get better at a new language Big Think
The last time I tried to learn a foreign language, I was living in an Italian suburb of Sydney. My hour a week at a local Italian class was inevitably followed by a ...
This Language-Learning App Aims to Transform Your In-Flight Time Bloomberg
By next year, Drops will be in seat-back entertainment systems around the world. But will its new Travel Talk feature actually have you speaking like a local?
How does playing with other children affect toddlers' language learning? Science Daily
Toddlers are surprisingly good at processing the speech of other young children, according to a new study. And toddlers who have more exposure to other ...
How regional language technology became flavour of the season Economic Times
There are a clutch of homegrown companies which are trying to understand what Indian language speakers want to talk about and how to encourage them to do ...
Google AI translation adds 60 new languages Technology Times Pakistan
Google is rolling out a significant update to the camera feature on its Translate app. The new version of the app adds support for 60 new languages.
Playing with other children affect toddlers’ language learning Hindustan Times
Toddlers who have more exposure to other children, such as those in daycare, may be particularly good at certain word learning skills, researchers suggest.
Democrats Urge Trump To Remove Language About Biologics In Trade Agreement Kaiser Health News
The lawmakers say the pending language in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement “would hinder Congress from taking action to increase competition and ...
If there is a ‘native’ language of Britain, Boris Johnson, it certainly isn’t English - The Guardian
If there is a ‘native’ language of Britain, Boris Johnson, it certainly isn’t English The Guardian
Letters: David Metcalfe and Andrew Cranmer respond to the report that the Tory leadership frontrunner has pledged to make immigrants learn English so that ...
Hashing Out A New Language For Wine: Show, Don't Tell Forbes
A new generation of hybrid grapes, from Bordeaux and elsewhere, may provide key learnings not only for a new vocabulary of wine, but also a new way to ...
Babies can learn link between language and ethnicity, study suggests Science Daily
Eleven-month-old infants can learn to associate the language they hear with ethnicity, recent research suggests. Eleven-month-old infants looked more at the ...
Prince George is learning to speak this foreign language (hint: it's not German or French!) AOL
George, as well as his sister Princess Charlotte, are learning to speak one common foreign language.
Store: Get A New Language 'Stuck In Your Head' With This Innovative App HuffPost
HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. StackCommerce. Relying on the language you learned in high school may not give ...
Shankill mural offers welcome in 20 languages – but not Irish The Irish News
A MURAL newly unveiled in west Belfast's Shankill area has raised eyebrows for welcoming people in 20 different languages – but not Irish. The new 'Welcome ...
Top 10 Programming Languages for Engineers Interesting Engineering
We'll review the top 10 programming languages for engineers. The opportunity to develop new products for real-life applications grows as you develop your ...
Twitter bans hateful language targeting religious groups CNET
Tweets that "dehumanize" users will be taken down.
Decoding the Language of Neurons Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...
This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish - Business Insider
This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish Business Insider
According to Business Insider tabulations of individual-level census data, German, French, and Vietnamese are common in several states.
Opinion | Prioritizing a language in a multilingual India Livemint
A language gets called a 'language' because those who speak it have power; others speak dialects.
Montreal student speaks 19 languages — and he's still learning more CBC.ca
Many people in Quebec speak more than one language, and some even speak several. But Montreal student Georges Awaad may be in a category all his own.
Eager for Esperanto: Edmonton man challenges all to learn 'universal language' CBC.ca
David Yaki wants everyone in the world on the same page. And that page, he says, should be written in Esperanto. Yaki, 60, is on a mission to get 100 million ...
Mum's the word: babies learn language quicker from mama - DutchNews.nl - Live DutchNews.nl
A university study has suggested that toddlers learn words more quickly from their mothers than from unfamiliar speakers. Dr Rianne van Rooijen, ...
Loss of effective use of language | Opinion Victoria Advocate
I'm not sure if having to come of age in the 20th century is a blessing or a curse.
Poundmaker Cree Nation to host Plains Indian Sign Language camp My Lloydminster Now
A new type of indigenous language class is being offered on Poundmaker Cree Nation. Alongside Miyawata Culture Inc., the Plains Indian Sign Language ...
Trump Administration's Deregulation Drive Begins to Impact Language Industry Slator
Changes are underway in the US judiciary and healthcare systems that may begin to impact demand for language services from boutique and large LSPs alike.
A Modernist Sculptor Finds a Language in the Canadian Landscape Hyperallergic
Murray's sculpture develops a unique perspective, despite synthesizing many aspects and themes of contemporary sculpture emerging from New York in the ...
'The Language of Fire': A Beautifully Dark Novel Study Breaks
Stephanie Hemphill's “The Language of Fire” is set late in the Hundred Years' War, a war fought over who should rule France, and France was losing. They were ...
Kazan Principal Turns To European Court In Fight For Tatar Language RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
KAZAN, Russia -- The director of a private school in Russia's Tatarstan region has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against a ...
A new, more user-friendly language for programming supercomputers Tech Xplore
Decades ago, computers were costly, complex and rare.
Hindi As National Language Of India : Decoding The Myth Live Law
India is a land of diversity comprising of individuals from different communities, backgrounds, religions etc. What one eats, how one speaks, differs from region to ...
The most commonly spoken language in Alabama, excluding English and Spanish AL.com
What's the third most-commonly spoken language in Alabama?
Python knocks R and Perl down the list of most popular programming languages TechRepublic
Perl dropped to an all-time low on the most recent TIOBE Index that ranked the 20 most popular programming languages.
Dramatic differences in tests assessing preschoolers' language skills: Researcher examines language outcomes of children born preterm and full-term using different tests - Science Daily
Dramatic differences in tests assessing preschoolers' language skills: Researcher examines language outcomes of children born preterm and full-term using different tests Science Daily
Researchers examined the impact of preterm birth on language outcomes in preschoolers born preterm and full-term, using both standardized assessment and ...
Here are the most popular programming languages used by the world’s largest unicorn startups - GeekWire
Here are the most popular programming languages used by the world’s largest unicorn startups GeekWire
Software development tools are the backbone of today's startups. That's why it's worth a look at the most-used programming languages, databases, and ...
Google Translate’s Instant Camera Now Detects and Translates More Languages G2
Google Translate's instant camera is a feature on the Google Translate app that allows users to point, scan, and translate text at the click of a button.
Non-English Speakers Face Health Setback If Trump Loosens Language Rules Kaiser Health News
A rule proposed by the Trump administration would leave patients with limited English proficiency with fewer guarantees of a written notice that free translation ...
How The Hawaiian Language Nearly Died And Activists Brought It Back : Code Switch NPR
In Hawaii today, nearly everyone knows how to speak a few words and phrases of Hawaiian. But the practice of primarily speaking the Hawaiian language from ...
Adelaide's Dinka school is helping children speak the language of their parents SBS News
Every Saturday, a group of second-generation Australians head to class to better connect with their parents. Meanwhile, their mothers and fathers continue to ...
If I can learn a language with the Mondly app, anyone can! Yahoo Lifestyle
Learn a new language in just five minutes a day. Really!
Global Language Learning Software Market 2019-2025 : Rosetta Stone, Simon & Schuster Pimsleur, Rocket, Babbel, Fluenz – Rise Media - Rise Media
Global Language Learning Software Market 2019-2025 : Rosetta Stone, Simon & Schuster Pimsleur, Rocket, Babbel, Fluenz – Rise Media Rise Media
The Global Language Learning Software Market report provides an extensive research and detailed analysis of the present market along with future outlook.
The Bachelorette's Luke P., Hannah Brown Body Language Analysis Cosmopolitan.com
Are you sick of listening to Luke P. and Hannah harp on about how strong their “connection” is? I am. I'm exhausted, honestly. It really seems like there is nothing ...
Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages The Conversation UK
According to a recent survey co-ordinated by the European Commission 80% of European 15-30 year olds can read and write in at least one foreign language.
Cafe24 provides Vietnamese language service to online shopping platform operators The Investor
South Korean e-commerce platform builder cafe24 announced on July 16 that it has started providing Vietnamese language *service* to its online shopping ...
Prez bats for translating verdicts of HCs in local languages BusinessLine
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday advocated translating high courts' judgements into vernacular languages so that people are able to understand them.
Councillors ‘threatened’ by officers over language planning row Daily Post
Councillors will be asked to adopt new planning guidelines despite accusations they were being “threatened” by officers trying to stifle concerns over their ...
FAA Reauthorization Act Language Serves to Exclude Vast Majority of Amateur Radio Towers ARRL
Language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 will exclude all but a small number of Amateur Radio towers from marking ...
Task force on removing racially restrictive language in Tallahassee neighborhoods holds meeting - WCTV
Task force on removing racially restrictive language in Tallahassee neighborhoods holds meeting WCTV
The 'Task Force for the Removal of Racially Restrictive Language in All Residential Covenants in Tallahassee Neighborhoods' met for the first time at the Bethel ...
Antifa Member Who Attacked ICE Center Echoed Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Concentration Camp’ Language In Final Manifesto - The Daily Caller
Antifa Member Who Attacked ICE Center Echoed Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Concentration Camp’ Language In Final Manifesto The Daily Caller
The man who attacked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center over the weekend echoed Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ...
Defense Department grant establishes Language Training Center at IU IU Newsroom
A Language Training Center at IU will provide language, regional expertise and culture training for United States Department of Defense personnel.
White House challenges HASC Space Corps language, strongly objects to space launch provisions in NDAA - SpaceNews
White House challenges HASC Space Corps language, strongly objects to space launch provisions in NDAA SpaceNews
On the National Security Space Launch program, the administration “strongly objects” to HASC language “as it would increase mission risk for the nation's ...
Marijuana, Reefer, Weed: How Language Keeps Evolving for the Devil’s Lettuce The New York Times
As long as people have smoked the plant, they've debated what to call it. And now marketers for the legal marijuana industry want everyone to say “cannabis.”
Love Island is a lesson in how language, like, evolves The Guardian
The contestants' heavy use of 'like' has raised hackles. But they shouldn't be demonised for it, says Guardian editor and writer David Shariatmadari.
May Says Trump Used Unacceptable Language to Describe Democrats Tasnim News Agency
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US President Donald Trump used “completely unacceptable” language to describe four female Democratic lawmakers, British Prime ...
New AI Programming Language Reportedly Makes AI Easier for Everyone Interesting Engineering
MIT has created a new AI programming language that they say goes beyond deep learning - as if we needed it to be easier for Skynet to be created.
Buhari To Obasanjo, Others On Olakunrin's Death: Consider Your Language Before Speaking On Sensitive Matters - SaharaReporters.com
Buhari To Obasanjo, Others On Olakunrin's Death: Consider Your Language Before Speaking On Sensitive Matters SaharaReporters.com
The Presidency on Monday cautioned leaders in the country to be mindful of their utterances and its potential consequences following the unfortunate killing of ...
No language should be imposed or opposed, says Vice President M Venkiah Naidu Times Now
Mysuru: Vice President M Venkiah Naidu has stressed that there should be no imposition to any language while maintaining that there must also not be ...
Understanding the language of addiction - Harvard Health Harvard Health
People allude to addiction in everyday conversation, casually referring to themselves as chocolate addicts or workaholics. But addiction is not a term clinicians…
State of Emergency Declared for Cherokee Language WLOS
CHEROKEE, N. C. --Cherokee leaders say their language is in a state of emergency and needs action before it becomes extinct. WLOS. Members of the three ...
No language should be imposed or opposed, says VP Naidu ANI News
Mysuru (Karnataka) [India], Jul 14 (ANI): Vice President M Venkiah Naidu has stressed that there should be no imposition to any language while maintaining that ...
Chinese language at forefront Khmer Times
Amid an influx of Chinese investment into Cambodia, local residents are starting to see the Chinese language, more specifically mandarin, as an important skill ...
English is the Cricket World Cup's universal language of last resort The Guardian
There is a smorgasbord of insight on offer from the talented multi-lingual Asian players at the Cricket World Cup who only use English when they need to find a ...
Programming language Python's 'existential threat' is app distribution: Is this the answer? ZDNet
New tool aims to bring Python apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux to users who've never heard of Python.
Emoji aren't ruining language: they’re a natural substitute for gesture 🔥🔥🔥 The Conversation AU
Instead of worrying that emoji is replacing competent language use, we can celebrate that emoji are creating a richer form of online communication that returns ...
Civil Rights Groups Mostly Unimpressed by New Twitter Policy Against 'Dehumanizing' Language - Gizmodo
Civil Rights Groups Mostly Unimpressed by New Twitter Policy Against 'Dehumanizing' Language Gizmodo
Civil rights organizations were, somehow, both pleased and exasperated with Twitter on Tuesday after the social network announced the latest update to its ...
Learn to Speak Basic Chinese (Mandarin) Words and Phrases
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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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