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Adapting makerspaces for language instruction

Makerspaces have been talked about in education circles for some time now, and I have listened to several presentations on the topic which left me inspired by the potential for creativity, inventiveness, and learning. If makerspaces are new to you, you can see some related resources here: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/ Despite my interest in the topic, I felt frustrated … Continue reading

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First Steps: Identifying types of text in a second language

If you're like most people I talk to about learning a second language, I'm sure you could come up with a must-have list for things you might want to read in that language. Your list might include things like: keep it short use pictures keep it interesting make it easy to understand After that, there would … Continue reading

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How I’m changing reading for my second language students

The image above is a humorous take on an obstacle many beginning French students have - coming from English, French seems backwards, and it is confusing! Maybe you've had conversations with those trying to make sense out of a second language and heard their frustration. Maybe you've felt it yourself. It's hard to get past … Continue reading