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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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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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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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AI Language Partner for L2 Learners

I didn’t make it to this session in Atlanta, but it intrigues, nonetheless. Alelo’s Enskill learning platform automatically evaluates learners’ communication skills and produces performance analytics. As learners engage in conversations with artificially intelligent avatars, Enskill continually monitors their performance and provides feedback to both teachers and learners. Via “Alelo Presents at TESOL Its Solutions […]

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It’s always fun to empathize with misery …

but this podcast is especially fun because Juan Fernández is doing it in Spanish! Listen to a recent episode of his Español con Juan Spanish-language listening podcast, in which he enumerates the struggles of a college Spanish teacher in London: https://www.1001reasonstolearnspanish.com/hecho-polvo-2/

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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 […]

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Slides that are Note-Taking App Friendly

The public speaking textbooks recommend presenters limit the number of slides to what’s necessary, and with the advent of smartphone scanner technology that’s more pertinent than ever. I just attended the TESOL 2019 International Conference and English Expo. Almost everyone was snapping photos and scanning the slides as they went by, myself included. What’s more, […]