Tag: speaking

Speaking Spanish

First, let us take a look at what students are hoping for, what we are hoping for as teachers, and why speaking in class might not happen as spontaneously as we might have hoped.Students, even those who have not necessarily signed up for a world language class because...

Audio Dissection

Language is as much a skill as it is a subject. Therefore, language learning must involve not only vocabulary and grammar study, but also practice and training of the skills necessary to communicate in a foreign language: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.Listening comprehension is often regarded as an...

Everyone’s Speaking Spanish

According to an analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey by the Pew Research Center, a record 37.6 million people above the age of five speak Spanish at home, of which nearly three million are non-Hispanics. Spanish is, by far, the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. The next most spoken non-English languages are Chinese (2.8 million speakers), Hindi,...

Mathematically Speaking

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Gisela Ernst-Slavit and David Slavit explore the linguistic challenges created by calculationsDo you speak math? Not sure what we mean? Well, math can be thought of as a language filled with vocabulary, symbols, and sentence structures. These can make things difficult for students who wish to relate math to their everyday language and experiences. For students learning English as...