Language-learning Workouts Janis Hanson firstname.lastname@example.org 8/23/2013 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. & 1:30– 3:30 p.m. http://AdvancedLanguageLearners.com
Who? What? Why? Where? When?
1. The cost of foreign language study • Rosetta Stone(5 levels) >$300 • Tell Me More (10 levels) >$600 Review of Tell Me More (Janis’s blog) • UW-L (one course) >$1000, to audit (for students under 60) >$300 • Spanish Institute of Puebla (3-week intensive program w/ room & board) >$1500 + airfare to Mexico
2. Tips for health and wellness…and for foreign language fitness Efficiency Pleasure Variety Commitment
3. Crowdsourcedlanguage-learning programs Duolingo Ted Talk: Louis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration LiveMocha Duolingo& LiveMocha reviews Memrise Using “mems” to memorize vocabulary
Five-finger test: Choosing what to read
5. Point-and-click dictionaries Kindle Spanish to English dictionary Lingua.ly(Spanish, English, French, Hebrew, Arabic) Lingro.com for websites, and PDF & doc files, 10 languages
6. Vocabulary Self-collection Strategy Adaptation for intermediate/advanced language learners (Janis’s blog)
7. Language Exchange Websites Links to tips for using language exchange websites Janis’s blog The Mixxer one of many sites to meet people for Skype language exchanges NosSostenemos experiment using Google Docs for help from native speakers
8. Grammar Practice Links for English grammar exercises Links for Spanish grammar exercises Link to details on Janis’s blog. Please post recommendations in response to the blog posts. Links related to other languages are also welcome!
9. Podcasts for intermediate & advanced learners How to download free native-spoken podcasts & MP3s (from Benny’s blog: Fluent in 3 Months) Hint: Change your iTunes profile to identify yourself as someone from a target-language country. Podcast reviews: English language learners(Janis’s blog) British Broadcasting Company, Voice of America, (U.S.) Public Radio Podcast reviews: Spanish language learners(Janis’s blog) Rojas Spanish Language Notes in Spanish (Janis’s pick for advanced learners) Show Time Spanish (especially good for intermediate learners)
10. Video Links to video-clip exercises for self-study: Dutch, English, French & Spanish ( from Janis’s blog) Drama Fever (dramafever.com) Soap operas and series (subtitles optional) in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish Ted Talks Audio, video with power points for key ideas, and transcripts with translations
Exploring and collecting with Pinterestand Tumblr Janis’sPinterestcollection: el Test de Bechdel -- Chistes en español que lo pasan A description of the collection in English (from Janis’s blog – your comments are welcome!)
12. More Spanish online There’s a lot to love. • Spanish Playground – resources for teaching children Spanish Review of Spanish Playground (Janis’s blog) • Agencia EFE and Instituto Cervantes: Práctica Español News & cultural topics for three levels • Trivia Tests in Spanish at Frikitest.com Review of Frikitest (Janis’s blog) • Jumbled Sentences in Spanish at Arquilabra Review of Arquilabra (Janis’s blog)
13. Best TESOL/ESL/TESL/TOEFL Resources: Your One-Stop Shopping for Great Ideas and Help An overwhelmingly huge list of resources from Jim Becker, Professor Emeritus, University of Northern Iowa
14. Open Culture: The best free cultural & educational media on the web A collection of links for learning 46 languages online for free Please share your favorites on my blog!
15. Do-it-yourself Learning Gurus • Lifehacker (the search bar is in the upper right corner, somewhat hidden) • Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything…Fast! • Kaufman’s Ted Talk • Connecting Kaufman’s ideas to do-it-yourself language learning (Janis’s blog)
Special thanks to Jenny Brunk, Jean Hindson, Reggie Mora, Fernanda González, and the UW-L School of Education for their generous help with this project. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Participant Introductions
Please share your comments and recommendations on my blog at http://AdvancedLanguageLearners.com Playtime
Deconstruct the skill. Josh Kaufman
Learn enough to self-correct. Josh Kaufman
Remove barriers to practice. Josh Kaufman
Practice at least 20 hours. Josh Kaufman
The major barrier to skill acquisition isn’t intellectual. It’s emotional. Josh Kaufman TED Talk
The most important asset for skill acquisition isn’t intellectual. It’s emotional.