TEACHING CREATIVELY, OR A PICTURE'S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

 TEACHING CREATIVELY, OR A PICTURE'S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

When teaching someone to speak a language, it is a good idea to use the target language and avoid translation as much as possible (teach using conversational approach). Well, if you do not have a language in common, or you cannot translate, how do you make yourself understood? To make the input comprehensible to the student, teachers use body language and pictures. For this reason I have developed excellent acting skills to demonstrate anything from a stomachache to giving birth, and have accumulated a large library of pictures and flashcards.

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THE FORGOTTEN SCHOOL SUPPLY

THE FORGOTTEN SCHOOL SUPPLY

The summer is ending and it's about that time again - back to school. You have checked your school supply lists and searched for the latest and greatest with hopes of ensuring a successful year ahead for your children.  However, there is something you may not have thought about that could provide immense and lasting benefits for your child's education. I'm talking about foreign language study.

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MAKING FUN OF LEARNING

We may not have a creative guide in our lives to keep us motivated with catchy tunes and made up words, but we can find ways to help the medicine of continuous study go down. The study of games as a valuable tool in facilitating the learning process has gained speed in recent years. We are quickly phasing out the concept of drills and tests as instructors realize that the key is to teach students how to think. The same is true of language.

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NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION IN COLOMBIA

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION IN COLOMBIA

The arrival of New Year is symbolic of a new beginning, new chapter in life, and is celebrated with much fervor in many countries. Although some traditions are similar, I was curious to find out from my Spanish teacher Rosario that in Colombia there are some superstitions and beliefs about new year's celebration that are quite peculiar.

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TURKEY’S BIZARRE FOOD: ŞIRDAN (SHIRDAN)

TURKEY’S BIZARRE FOOD: ŞIRDAN (SHIRDAN)

One late lazy evening, when vacationing in Turkey, my husband got up, rounded up all the family members and with determination proclaimed, “We are going to eat şirdan (shirdan)”. Being open to tasting a new culinary delight, I was filled with anticipation ...

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THE GREAT CHALLENGE OF LEARNING TURKISH (USEFUL RESOURCES)

Despite the natural knack for languages that everyone claims I have, learning Turkish has been quite a challenge for me. Getting married to a Turk is what compelled me to start learning this language in the first place. “What better way to learn a language than being married to a person who speaks it?” I thought to myself. “Piece of cake! I will be conversational in no time!”

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RAISING A BILINGUAL CHILD

Living in South Florida with its diverse mix of cultures, I often meet parents who want to teach their children their heritage language. These parents want their kids to understand and speak the language to be able to communicate with their grandparents and relatives who still live “back home”, and understand and appreciate their cultural heritage.  How can you teach your child another language when everything around you is primarily in English?

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RUSSIAN SUPERSTITIONS

A rational, educated person might argue that superstitions are nonsensical. A Brazilian lady told me once not to put my purse on the floor because, according to a Brazilian superstition, my money “will run out”. I like to think of myself as rational and educated, but ever since that incident I avoid putting my purse on the floor, and I am not even Brazilian!

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