Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
"They light up like Christmas trees" ... Teachers: Ask students to work on another language. If the student speaks five langues, what will be that student's sixth language? Here are some comments by the owner of a Language Learning software company.
Here's what I wrote about www.BIBPenpals.com
There are four billion people on the planet who want to speak with the American accent. They want to practice speaking English. If you walked into a language school in France or in India, and said, “I’m here to volunteer two hours a week to help a local person with their accent,” you would be embraced by most language schools. You could meet dozens of people who would want you to help them with their accents. This is a program that I’ve encouraged in Fort Lauderdale to introduce U.S. teenagers to people from other countries.
Here's what the Language Expert (Wes Green) wrote to me:
Now that's interesting. I know, for example, that only British (or International) English is taught in schools in the EU for political reasons. And, if fact,
it is widely taught worldwide. Of course, with advances in technology—social media, increased access to foreign papers, TV shows, etc.—many of the distinctions between the two "dialects" are now starting to disappear. Still, British English continues to "box above its international weight." But ironically, I always tell people that obsession with accent can be a distraction when learning a foreign language. As adults, most people are simply incapable of mastering a foreign accent. "Learn the lexicon," I always say. "Learn the syntax and grammar fundamentals." And most importantly, "Learn to intuit." As a non-native speaker, there will always be words you don't understand. So learn to guess intelligently, based on context." You don't need to know 12,000+ words needed for 95+% comprehension. Two-three thousand will work just fine as long as they're the words people use most often—the core lexicon. You'll probably guess the correct meaning of the other 20,000+ words in a well-educated native speaker's lexicon 80% of the time." As for accent, it's usually a vanity. Like bodybuilding—meant to impress. Yes, you need to be fit. And yes, you need to be intelligible to other speakers of your foreign language. And yes, good impressions can come in handy when, say, applying for a job. But as far as being able to communicate, you don't usually need to flex linguistic quads. Still it's true: I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody has said to me, " You know, people have told me I have a native French/German/Italian accent." It's an international avatar of sophistication. For what it's worth, I always compliment non-native speakers who have good accents. They light up like Christmas trees.
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wrote these comments to me
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Seth Godeiin recommends a striking image and no more than 6 words per powerpower slide.
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When I need a photo to illustrate or perk up a book or a sheet that I'm sharing with my students, I look to wikipedia for "wiki images."
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But every now and then, isn't it nice to have an unusual image?
The copyright notice and author/agency credit must be added next to each image used within editorial purposes. The credit line format, HTML format included, is provided on the download page. Suggestive examples: "© Photographer name / StockFreeImages.com", "© Username / StockFreeImages.com", "Photo courtesy of StockFreeImages.com".
Look at these stunning closeup images of ferns?
I want to write about the forest, now, because I just saw these images of ferns.
That's the power of a stunning photo.
StockFreeImages.com ... it appears to be a nice collaborative and cooperative and it looks like a place for students to post their photos for sharing. It's a place to practice sharing and benefiting from other people. It's another example of "we are here to serve each other."
Photos courtesy of StockFreeImages.com
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Here's another "Survival Skill" for students: how to format a hard drive for use on mac and pc (use those search terms)
Here's what I found when I searched "how to format a hard drive for use on mac and pc"
Jan 24, 2011 - The problem is that by default Windows uses NFTS, and Macs use HFS. ... Pros: Works natively with all Macs and all PCs. ... Select the drive you wish toformat. mac select the drive you want to format ... mac · mac and going to sleep · how to erase hard drive mac · how to wipe a mac · tether android to mac.
Mar 22, 2012 - If you need to expand your storage space with an external hard drive and you use both Mac and PC, you'll likely run into a few obstacles. Hard ...
I encourage students to learn this skill. It's fun to go from one operating system to another...
You might need FAT format
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Teachers: Make time to collect the reflections of a near-peer for your students. Here's a procedure for gaining a Virtual Mentor for your students
I have written about the importance of virual mentors -- adults who can have impact on students without visiting the class. More than two dozen students have read words by John, who cooperated with submitting materials for the Virtual Mentor book... and John never visited that school.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Here are the screenshots
See the talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyPrL0cmJRs