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Boomalang Gets Students Speaking

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Who knew that sharing a coffee with a local Tico in Heredia, Costa Rica, would change the life of 26-year-old American and low-intermediate Spanish-speaker Chris? It was the first intercambio, or language exchange, for both learners, and they couldn’t help but share anxiety. Speaking with a stranger in a foreign language is naturally beyond comfort zone at first—which is exactly...

Free Mobile App for Adult English Learners

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Learning Upgrade has launched a mobile app that enables English Language Learners (ELLs) to access their musical lessons on their own using any device, including phones and tablets, and is designed to improve students’ time on task by no longer limiting them to sitting in front of a computer. “Low-literate, low-income adults often do not have computer and internet access...

Tutoring App Bridges Gap for Language Learners

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For many students, having a personal tutor to help them learn new languages, while a fantastic opportunity, may seem out of reach due to financial, geographical, or a myriad of other difficulties. Star Tutors falls in line with the current trend of virtual education and virtual teaching, and...

Products for the New School Year

Language Magazine has compiled a list of new products to help teachers and students in and out of the classroom   FuelEd Made by: Middlebury Interactive Languages Website: fueleducation.com This fall, Fuel Education (FuelEd) is expanding its English language learner (ELL) and world language online course offerings. The new Level Entering ELL course for ELLs...

Space Polygot

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Space Polyglot is a new game for mobile devices which uses space travel as a backdrop and builds on the suggestopedia methodology to help people remember vocabulary while having fun. “We came up with the idea for Space Polyglot when we discovered suggestopedia—a learning method developed by renowned Bulgarian scientist and professor Dr. Georgi Lozanov that helped people memorize languages...

Lone Stars

To celebrate Language Magazine’s partnership with the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) at its annual convention in Austin this month, here is a selection from the wide range of products on offer Cantata Learning Offers Multisensory Stories To offer a multisensory learning experience that engages a wide range of learners, educational publisher Cantata Learning has created books enhanced with music. These...

Kids Discover Online Assessment Tool

Kids Discover Online, an interactive digital library of science and social studies content, has added custom assessment capabilities to its platform. With the new tool, educators have full control to mix and match science and social studies materials to create, distribute, and assess custom quizzes, tests, and homework assignments directly within the platform.Teachers can choose from 5,000 questions covering...

Genius Plaza Unveils New English Language Course

Genius Plaza—an education-technology social enterprise working to ignite the genius in every child—launched the Genius Explorers program at Virtual Educa 2017, the international conference on education, professional training, innovation, cooperation, and development taking place in Bogotá, Colombia. Genius Explorers is an English language program with courses for students ages...

Virtual Learning a Reality

ATi Studios has released a virtual reality app for language education to combine the artificial-intelligence technology behind chatbots with speech recognition in virtual reality. Learn Languages VR by Mondly allows people to experience lifelike conversations with virtual characters, in 28 different languages. The new VR application is intended to realize virtual reality’s promise of rich, immersive, and automated educational...

Teaching Tools

To coincide with this month’s annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), here is a selection of some of the most relevant and innovative tech teaching tools     Achieve3000’s Access solutions (for grades 2–12) provide differentiated instruction for ELLs at every stage, from beginner to advanced. Along with a curriculum aligned to each state’s grade-level standards for...