How to Improve Your Foreign Language Immediately

Foreign Language Communication Tools

Author: Boris Shekhtman

Publisher: Villa Magna, LLC

ISBN: 9780989387002

Category: Language and languages

Page: 114

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This is the third edition of a popular book that provides a unique set of tools designed to enhance an individual's success in communicati0n in a foreign language environment. The devices presented allow the speaker of a foreign language to demonstrate the level of his/her language more impressively. These techniques were developed and tested by the author with adult professionals in such varied fields as journalism, diplomacy, government, and international business.
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Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish

A Creative and Proven Approach

Author: Margarita Madrigal

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307754871

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

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Learn the basics of the Spanish language with this easy-to-use guide by one of America's most prominent language teachers. Anyone can read, write, and speak Spanish in only a few short weeks with this unique and proven method, which completely eliminates rote memorization and boring drills. With original black and white illustration by Andy Warhol, Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish will provide readers with a solid foundation upon with to build their language skills. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Teaching & Researching: Language Learning Strategies

Author: Rebecca L. Oxford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317878000

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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Over the past thirty years, the field of language learning strategies has generated a massive amount of interest and research in applied linguistics. Teaching and Researching Language Learning Strategies redraws the landscape of language learning strategies at just the right time. In this book Rebecca Oxford charts the field systematically and coherently for the benefit of language learning practitioners, students, and researchers. Offering practical, innovative suggestions for assessing, teaching, and researching language learning strategies, she provides examples of strategies and tactics from all levels, from beginners to distinguished-level learners, as well as a new taxonomy of strategies for language learning. In demonstrating why self-regulated learning strategies are necessary for language proficiency, Oxford integrates socio-cultural, cognitive, and affective dimensions, and argues convincingly for the need for conceptual cross-fertilization. Providing clear and concise explanations of the advantages and limitations of the different approaches, this book is full of practical value and theoretical insights. The book is designed to guide the reader with the use of a range of features, including: - key quotes and concept boxes - preview questions and chapter overviews - glossary and end-of-chapter further readings - sources and resources section
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Developing Professional-Level Language Proficiency

Author: Betty Lou Leaver,Boris Shekhtman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521016858

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 308

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This 2002 book examines approaches to teaching students making the transition from 'advanced' or 'superior' proficiency in a foreign language to 'near-native' ability.
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Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education

Practices and Programs

Author: Betty Lou Leaver,Jane R. Willis

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589014190

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Task-based language instruction has proven to be highly effective, but surprisingly underutilized. Theory can only go so far and hands-on experience can greatly speed and enhance the learning of a second language. Nineteen talented instructors who have successfully implemented task-based programs explain the principles behind the programs, discuss how problems were resolved, and share details on class activities and program design. Each chapter takes the reader through the different stages in designing and setting up such programs, adjusting them, and appraising and testing them in normal classroom conditions. This book covers TBI syllabus and program design and is based on actual classroom experience. Any one of the courses or programs discussed can serve as models for others. Many of the contributors are highly respected practitioners who are presenting their programs for the first time, while others are regular participants in today's ongoing dialogue about teaching methods. Full of concrete, adaptable models of task-based language teaching drawn from a number of countries and eleven different languages—including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, and Ukrainian—Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education presents proven, real-world, practical courses and programs; and includes web-based activities. It demonstrates useful and practical ways to engage students far beyond what can be learned from reading textbook dialogue. TBI involves the student directly with the language being taught via cognitively engaging activities that reflect authentic and purposeful use of language, resulting in language-learning experiences that are pleasurable and effective. For all instructors seeking to help their learners enhance their understanding and grasp of the foreign language they are learning, Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education is a rich and rewarding hands-on guide to effective and transformative learning.
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Achieving Success in Second Language Acquisition

Author: Betty Lou Leaver,Madeline Ehrman,Boris Shekhtman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521546638

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 265

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Aimed at beginning to intermediate undergraduates and above, this textbook is designed to help the student achieve optimal success as a language learner and user. It teaches students to understand their own preferences in learning, develop individual learning plans and approaches, and select appropriate learning strategies. Each chapter contains an overview and review section, with learning activities that students can carry out either individually or in classrooms.
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Improving Foreign Language Speaking through Formative Assessment

Author: Harry Grover Tuttle,Alan Tuttle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317925939

Category: Education

Page: 144

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Want a quick way to get your students happily conversing more in the target language? This practical book shows you how to use formative assessments to gain immediate and lasting improvement in your students’ fluency. You’ll learn how to: Imbed the 3-minute formative assessment into every lesson with ease Engage students in peer formative assessment successfully Teach students to give each other formative feedback Help struggling students make significant gains Create and coach small groups for differentiated speaking practice Assist students in incorporating current grammar lesson into meaningful conversations Analyze your own use of language in the classroom to avoid vague feedback that can stifle student conversations Grade oral improvement positively The authors provide formative assessments for 17 language functions with step-by-step lesson plans, aligned to ACTFL guidelines. Each plan includes a wealth of conversation and extension activities. There are ready-to-use checklists including the "I Can" log that helps students plot their own progress. Research has confirmed that when teachers use formative assessment, students can learn in six to seven months what would normally take a school year to learn. You’ll find yourself using this book every day because of the gains your students will achieve in foreign language fluency.
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Teaching and Learning to Near-native Levels of Language Proficiency

Proceedings of the Spring and Fall 2003 Conferences of the Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers

Author: Betty Lou Leaver,Boris Shekhtman

Publisher: M S I Press

ISBN: 9780967990774

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 180

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This book contains the proceedings of the conferences on high-level foreign-language teaching and learning that were held at Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California) Spring 2003 and at Howard University (Washington, DC) Fall 2004. Keynote speeches and conference presentations are included. Languages are English, Russian, and Spanish. Extensive first-hand information is provided by successful language learners--those who have learned languages to a near-native level--and teachers of very advanced students. Much of this information is available nowhere else.
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Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency

The Interface Between Learning and Assessment

Author: J. Charles Alderson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826493882

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 284

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This book addresses the need for tests that can diagnose the strengths and weaknesses in learners' developing foreign language proficiency. It presents the rationale for, and research surrounding, the development of DIALANG, a suite of internet-delivered diagnostic foreign language tests funded by the European Commission. The word 'diagnosis' is common in discussions in language education and applied linguistics, but very few truly diagnostic tests exist. However, the diagnosis of foreign language proficiency is central to helping learners make progress. This volume explores the nature of diagnostic testing, emphasizing the need for a better understanding of the nature of appropriate diagnosis. The book starts with a debate about how diagnostic testing might most appropriately be developed. Charles Alderson argues that the field has neglected to construct diagnostic tests, partly because other forms of testing have dominated the field. Alderson examines how proficiency has been diagnosed in the key areas of language: reading, listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary. The value of self-assessment is discussed and exemplified as a key component in developing learners', and teachers', awareness of the complexity of language learning. The book ends with a consideration of and recommendations for future developments in the diagnosis of foreign language proficiency.
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Living Languages: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools

Author: Catherine Watts,Clare Forder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136674950

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 2005

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Living Languages is simply bursting with practical and original ideas aimed at teachers and trainee teachers of foreign languages in secondary schools. Written by a team of experienced linguists, this book will inspire and motivate the foreign language classroom and the teachers who work within it. Living Languages comprises eight chapters and is structured around the integrated classroom, merging language learning with different aspects of the wider curriculum such as multimedia, theatre and music, celebrations and festivals, sport, and alternative approaches to teaching languages. A DVD is also included with the book containing additional teaching materials and the associated films and audio recordings which make this a fully developed and effective teaching resource. Twenty-eight real-life case studies and projects are presented, all of which have been tried and tested in the classroom with many having won recent educational awards. Ideas and activities outlined in this unique resource include: Languages and multi-media projects involving different uses of technology such as film-making, Digital Storytelling and subtitling in different languages; Languages and theatre and music including the work of the Thêàtre Sans Frontières with its Marie Curie Science Project; Motivating pupils to learn languages whilst keeping fit including examples from Score in French, The German Orienteering Festival and Handball in Spanish; Continuing Professional Development to inspire secondary language teachers to continue their individual professional development. The chapter contains concrete examples of others’ experiences in this area and includes details of support organisations and practical opportunities. Each project is explored from the teachers’ perspective with practical tips, lesson plans and reflections woven throughout the text such as what to budget, how to organise the pre-event period, how to evaluate the activity and whom to contact for further advice in each case. Activities and examples throughout are given in three languages – French, German and Spanish.
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