Student Logs for July 6th from Beijing!

Here are responses from the students on how their experience is going in Beijing: 


Spanish Academy Update from Clara Hoellerbauer

During the first three days, students will be going through the Spanish Academy Crash Course. During this time, they will learn about the Language Pledge®, Communication Strategies and how to maximize their learning while at the Academy.

8 Fun Ways to Keep Language Learning Going Over the Summer

Ahh, summer... Swimming, popsicles and sleepovers—at least that’s what I remember of my childhood summers. In addition to the fun summer brings, it’s also a great time to learn a new world language or continue on the path to language proficiency.

Q&A with Michael Erard

When and how did you get your start in language/linguistics?

Will Arabic Be the Language of the Future?

By language of the future, I do not intend to mean a universal language in which both humans and machines will use to interact in a world of increasing proliferation of artificial intelligence. Nor do I aim to suggest that Arabic would be the lingua franca of the 22nd century. To put forward a claim of this sort would require me to delve into the rather dreary details of demographic predictions and politico-economic arrangements of the world. I am more interested in some esoteric aspects of the Arabic language itself.

Top Foreign Languages Students Should Learn This School Year

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s a great time to start planning which extracurricular programs and activities to add to their daily academic and afterschool routines. While there’s no doubt that your student would benefit from kicking the ball around at soccer practice or learning poise and posture from a ballet class, when it comes to foreign language study, the clock is ticking—and there’s no better opportunity than right now to add learning a new language to their educational resume.

7 Untranslatable Words and Sayings That Will Make You Want to Learn a New Language

It is no secret that international travel and exposure to foreign cultures can considerably broaden one’s views of the world—but what about learning to speak a new language? Does foreign language acquisition require learners to change their usual thought processes in order to think like a native speaker of that language? 
Many linguists support the idea that different regions influence the culture and thought processes of their inhabitants, and that these unique ways of thinking are exemplified in the language that we use to express our thoughts.

Cooking in Language: Tarte Tatin Recipe

Cooking is a great way to learn about different cultures. Below is a recipe for Tarte Tatin, a French dish that is similar to apple pie, but with one crucial difference—it is upside down! Legend has it that this dish was actually a mistake. One day, the Tatin sisters nearly burned some apples in the pan and, to save them, placed the pastry on top. They then flipped the dish over and served it to their guests warm. Whatever the story, the dish was a success, and it has become a popular dessert in France.

New Model for English Language Learners Needed in U.S. Schools

Immigration has been a hot button issue for decades and, while Washington continues to play partisan politics, local school districts are struggling to address the challenges created by the influx of these new students, most of whom come from households where English is not the primary language.


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