language learning

Study finds Traces of Lost Languages in the Brain

A joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology seems to show that languages learned during early childhood leave traceable patterns in the brain. Even if the child stops using its first language and replaces it with a new one, which is often the case in international adoptions, the unconscious brain retains those patterns years later.

LLU Live #18: Interactive Fiction

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series LLU Live

inklewriterDuring today’s LLU Live Talk today we will talk about interactive fiction.

LLU Live #7: Programming as a “foreign language”

Late last month, Edutopia (the official website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation) published an article advocating four separate ideas:

Language Classrooms Are Opening Up

From the editor: On this European Day of Languages, we are happy to announce the publication of Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom, co-edited by Open Up contributors Barbara Sawhill and Ana Beaven, with third co-editor Anna Comas-Quinn (The Open University, UK).

Papiers-Mâchés, a New OER for French Writing

Some years ago, we found that our French majors here at NYU were not writing at the level we had hoped for. This led us to reexamine how we incorporated writing throughout our program.
We  decided to try Gammes d’écritures (CNDP fr), a French writing software program. Our students made amazing progress, and they truly enjoyed working with the software that allowed them to progress at their own rhythm. However, the texts and interface of this program were outdated. We felt its method of instruction could be modernized into a more comprehensive tutorial format.

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