Teaching Tips for Foreign Language Instructors

There is almost no skill more valuable than speaking a second language. Whether you are teaching Spanish, French, ancient Greek or Latin, a second language opens up your student’s eyes to ideas and cultures completely different from their own. Help your students to become as excited about their subject as you are! Read articles and advice from fellow language teachers on inspiring your class, making the information stick and improving your own teaching skills. Also find information on teaching styles and philosophies of learning a 2nd language bound to help you reach all the students in your classroom.

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  • What Does "Fluent" in a Second Language Mean?
    It can be impressive when you hear that a person is fluent in a foreign language. It can be just as disappointing to find out that they aren't really fluent. This article presents some observations about the complexities of learning and mastering a foreign language.
  • The Alchemy of Translation
    Of the many models of what it's like to translate, alchemy has always appealed to me. This model is proposed by a famous literary translator whose works many readers will recognize.
  • The Pedagogical Problems with Language Immersion Programs
    The following article defines first language acquisition versus second language learning as well as explains the language teaching method of language immersion and the problems with language learning programs, including language software, that promise successful second language acquisition.
  • Diverse Theories on Acquiring Language
    "How can you learn a foreign language?" This question is answered by a number of diverse theories on acquiring language. Some of the more popular theories on acquiring language are briefly introduced and discussed in this article.
  • Improving Perception and Language Acquisition
    One of the most crucial elements in learning is language acquisition. The phonetic and psycholinguistic research specializes in understanding how language learners recognize speech language. Language acquisition happens through a conscious effort.
  • Defining Contextualized Vocabulary Acquisition
    Contextualized vocabulary acquisition in foreign language or second language learning is a vocabulary acquisition and retention strategy. What does it imply in teaching and learning? How does it affect students and teachers?
  • Using Total Physical Response in the Classroom
    What's the best way to learn a second language during childhood? Statistics on childhood language acquisition show that students taught using Total Physical Response, or TPR, have higher retention rates. Learn how to improve your lessons and assist your students with language acquisition through TPR
  • Why Computer Literacy is Important for Foreign Language Teachers
    From primary school levels and secondary school to post-secondary education, computer literacy skills are more important than ever before. The 21st century, the Digital Age, is in full swing, but where are you? Have you missed the boat, so to speak? Here we detail what to do if you're still behind.
  • Phrasal Verbs in English for ESL Students
    Phrasal verbs are a verb form unique to Germanic languages like English that are formed by a verb and one or more prepositions. English phrasal verbs may be intransitive, nonseparable transitive, optionally separable transitive, or obligatorily separable transitive.
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