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FOREIGN LANGUAGE: What is it?. YOUR “TALKING” COURSE. I n terms of CUA’s distribution requirements (religion, philosophy, the humanities, natural and social sciences) which is foreign language most like?.

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foreign language what is it

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:What is it?

YOUR “TALKING” COURSE

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In terms of CUA’s distribution requirements(religion, philosophy, the humanities, natural and social sciences) which is foreign language most like?

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Like the Humanities, foreign languages work with words and expression, literature, communication, and culture

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Like Science and math, foreign language has rules and formulas,  lots of memorizing,  a strict sequence which builds cumulatively and there is even  a lab.

like the social sciences foreign languages use a country s history and sociology as content

Like the Social Sciences, foreign languages use a country’s history and sociology as content.

most importantly think of language as a performance course such as music or drama majors take

Most importantly, think of language as a “performance” course, such as music or drama majors take.

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THINGS THAT

NEED TO BE REHEARSED …

they are all things that need to be
They are all things that need to be
  • new dance steps
  • the violin
  • the apology to your parents
  • a tennis serve
  • your lines in the play
  • a new pick-up line
  • foreign language
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THINGS THAT

NEED TO BE PRACTICED…

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PRACTICE: REPITITION, REPITITION REPITITION, REPITITION,REPITITION,REPITITION,REPITITION,REPITITION,REPITI….

REINFORCEMENT

english is certainly not the easiest language to learn
THE BAD

Spelling!! – Spanish and Italian are so much more phonetic

Pronunciation!!!!

Size of English’s vocabulary: 500,000+ words (vs. 100,000 in French)

English is certainly not the easiest language to learn:
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THE GOOD
  • No gender for adjectives and nouns
  • Verbs are where they “belong,” unlike German
  • 26-letter alphabet, unlike countless pictographs of Chinese and Japanese
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The NINE!! sounds in Englishof ough:A rough-coated,dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the street of Scarborough where - after falling into a slough - he coughed and hiccoughed.

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Phonetically:A ruff-coated,doe-faced, thawtful plowman strode throo the street of Scarboruh where – after falling into a slue – he coffed and hiccupped.

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If you study out loud, you double your efficiency by adding auditory memory andyou make your mouth work, helping with pronunciation and speech.

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You cannot get by in a foreign language course by cramming at the last minute.You may be able to “learn” vocabulary items that way, but you cannot teach your mouth to use them in sentences. (Can you cram for a piano recital?)

pause fillers in your target langauge

Pause-fillers in your target langauge

Fr: Comment faites-vous pour dire?

It: Come faccialo per dire?

Sp: Cómo hágale para decir?

Gr: Wie Sie tun Sie zu sagen?

whatever
“Whatever…”
  • Gr: Was auch immer
  • Fr: Qualunque
  • Sp: Lo que
  • It: Quoi que
you can t learn to speak a language by thinking about it you ve got to use it that means practice

You can’t learn to speak a language by “thinking” about it. You’ve got to USE it - that means practice.

don t worry if at first the language sounds odd hello it s a foreign language

Don’t worry if at first the language sounds odd – Hello?!!It’s a “foreign” language.

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Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Self-consciousness can be a mighty obstacle to learning a language which may be why children so readily acquire languages – they don’t mind saying:“Me want dose.”

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Don’t zone out when somebody else is reciting in class – recite MENTALLYwith them and get some private practice for yourself.

don t stay away from class even if you re unprepared because you ll just fall further behind

Don’t stay away from classeven if you’re unprepared, because you’ll just fall further behind.