Military volunteers help Afghans learn English | U.S. government anti-terrorism efforts turn social | India to promote German-language learning
April 18, 2013
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Military volunteers help Afghans learn English
Students at Afghanistan's Korean Vocational Training Center are learning conversational English from volunteer U.S. troops. Instructors who are fluent in students' first language also are in the classroom to prevent any confusion. (4/15)
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U.S. government anti-terrorism efforts turn social
The Digital Outreach Team of the U.S. State Department is using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate with militant groups. Team members use Arabic, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu in these online communications. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/13)
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Language Education Update
Modern language instruction integrates online tools
Technology has changed the way language courses are taught, former foreign-language teacher Katie Lepi writes. She highlights a diagram of the structure of a massive open online course for Spanish. It includes online hangouts, language coaching and adaptive exercises -- all tools that Lepi argues educators can use to enhance online language learning. Edudemic (4/10)
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Teachers call for more use of Arab language in schools
In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 61 teachers recently participated in a conference to discuss the need for schools to focus more on Arab-language instruction. At the conference, held by Aldar Academics and Cambridge Education in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, some said that science, math and English are being prioritized in schools over Arabic. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (4/15)
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Training & Technology
Can technology save tribal languages?
With about 100 Native American languages already extinct, individuals from various tribes are seeking ways to preserve their languages. "We're in a race against time," said Lewis "Bleu" St. Cyr, who wants to create a mobile language-learning application for his tribe's language. "The goal is for younger kids to get interested." ABC News/The Associated Press (4/17)
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Using Twitter to map language distribution
Research suggests that Twitter may be a viable tool for mapping the distribution of languages around the world. By analyzing location-tagged tweets with an automated language detector, researchers were able to produce a close approximation of the borders of European countries. The technique also allowed scientists to identify areas where Korean and Russian are spoken within New York City. (4/11)
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Webinar: Creating an Online Language Lab
Join us for a live webinar April 24 at 2 p.m. EDT to learn how Fox Valley Technical College created an online language lab that equipped its students with critical communication skills needed to be effective in today's global workplace. Reserve your seat today.
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Webinar: Chart the Course for Language Learning in a Blended Learning Environment
Imagine a school district where personalized language-learning enables elementary students to learn Spanish and Mandarin. Envision school buildings where anyone, including teachers, paraprofessionals and cafeteria staff, can experience learning a new language, and students benefit by engaging in conversations with native adult speakers in a variety of school settings. Register for the webinar on May 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT to learn one district's blended learning approach to language.
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Danish philosopher and writer
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