Posts Tagged ‘foreign language learning’

More free teaching resources

May 3, 2010

The Center of Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University has various free teaching resources, games, and multimedia interactive programs.

Thanks for the freebies!


Free Materials for Language Teachers, Mis Cositas

May 3, 2010

Lori Langer de Ramirez has many free materials for language teachers in various languages (English, ESL, French, Spanish and Chinese.)

Thanks for the free stuff!

Good videos about accents and language learning

September 25, 2009

1. Are you having difficulty learning English? Check out this videos about how to make difficult English sounds with the help of food:

2) Here are some tips on learning Spanish by listening to music:

3) Learn the Spanish verb conjugation song:

4) Popular You Tube video, The One Semester of Spanish – Love Song,

5) Teaching French to children through music (Slangman):

The power of telenovelas

March 13, 2009

About 10 days ago, I stayed up quite late searching YouTube for video clips from Mexican telenovelas (soap operas) to use for a public radio piece about mybook, Language is Music.

I was laughing at myself as I was watching Latin American melodrama on the small screen and could only imagine the reactions of some radio listeners wondering if I was really serious about using soap operas to learn a foreign language

As silly as it may sound, melodrama has its educational benefits. Flying glass, hysterical women, philandering men, people coming back from the dead, unrequited love, broken hearts, battles of the heart — all much more interesting than studying grammar and vocabulary.

It’s not that watching Columbian drama queens and Mexican pop stars all day can replace the much needed lessons on sentence structure and grammar, but they can at least engage the viewer. The vocabulary is not complicated and is oft repeated, so eventually the words will register with their meaning if the viewer watches the soap opera frequently

I knew people in Bosnia who watched Latin American soap opera during the war (when they had electricity) and learned Spanish or Portuguese quite well from watching the programs.

After going through many episode segments of Thalia’s famous Mexican telenovelas, I settled on a lovers’ quarrel from Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty) laced with some sweet Columbian Spanish.

As long as the telenovelas don’t infuse you with new melodramatic characteristics, try them. You might learn a lot more Spanish or Portuguese than you expected! Watch the originals and not the dubbed versions in English.