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Duolingo Announces its French Podcast

I love the Spanish language podcast, so this should be a welcome addition for French students.

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Second Language Acquisition–Harder Than You Expect

Here’s something to rattle off the next time you hear someone say, “I want to learn a little French“: Children need seven or eight years of intensive immersion to speak like a native. These years must start by about age 10, to fit them all in by age 17 or 18, when there’s a sharp […]

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What do you call someone who speaks only one language …?

Europeans have a perception of people from the U.S. as monolinguals. You can add this to the list of things about which the United States should make you ashamed (as though the 45th were not enough). A popular stereotype of Americans traveling abroad is the tourist who is at a loss when it comes to […]

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Examination of Aptitude & Vocabulary on L2 Writing in Chinese College Students Highlights the Importance of Receptive Vocabulary

The article “Exploring the Relationship between Language Aptitude, Vocabulary Size, and EFL Graduate Students’ L2 Writing Performance” in TESOL Quarterly by Yingli Yang, Ya Sun et al. of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China examines the relationship between language aptitude and L2 writing performance. The study tested sixty-seven Chinese grad students […]

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And thus begins year two …

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Implications of The Bottleneck Hypothesis for Higher-Ed ESL

A recent article in the journal Second Language Research by Isabel Jensen … lends support for a theory of second language acquisition called The Bottleneck Hypothesis

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Stay Abreast of Latest Trends in Applied Linguistics with RSS

I tell my students if they want to write research papers, they must consume the academic literature, and one way to go about it is by subscribing to the RSS feeds of the prominent journals. The RSS feeds will not deliver entire articles (one will need to access the journal through an academic institution to […]