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Language Learning

Adding Chinese to ABCs
In Mandarin immersion teacher Kennis Wong's kindergarten class, her young pupils are making paper masks glued to sticks that they twirl between their palms, showing a different face on each side... The children at Broadway Elementary in Los Angeles are learning to talk in English and Chinese, and some are becoming trilingual due to a Spanish-speaking parent. (Language learning, immersion classes, study, present simple and will for habits and routines.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Preserving Tongues
No one speaks a word of English. "I just use Cayuga with them," Jacobs said. "Mostly they can respond back in Cayuga, so it's pretty cool." The eight children of this kindergarten class carry on their shoulders the hopes for preserving the language of the Cayugas. (Languages, language learning policy and funding, attitude to language learning, indigenous peoples, giving an opinion, choosing the best answer, grammatical error correction.)
Advanced
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Bilingual Pre-schoolers
Preschoolers who speak Spanish as their first language at home are losing their native tongue while also struggling to speak English, according to American researchers.(Language learning, bilingualism, choosing the best answer, sentence extracts, true, false or not given, word find puzzle.)
Intermediate
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A B C
Max takes a look at the history of A, B and C!
Intermediate
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Work
Mr Vocab tells us about the history of words to do with 'work'.
Intermediate
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Cutlery
Max takes us through the knife, fork and spoon words of history!
Intermediate
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Find Someone Who - Languages
This warmer gets students out of their seats and asking other students questions about languages and places.
Pre-Intermediate
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Angry!
Max tells us about words to do with anger!
Intermediate
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Days, Weeks, Months and Years
Max looks at the history of words to do with the calendar.
Intermediate
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Plurals - 'fish' or 'fishes'?
Anna answers a question from the UK.
Intermediate
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If The Shoe Fits
Max takes a look at words to do with footwear.
Intermediate
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Chef's Helpers
Max takes a look at words for cooking utensils - words like 'pfanna', 'spatha' and 'hlaedel'!
Intermediate
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Ground Zero
Today's lesson looks back to the events of September 11, 2001 and analyses an article giving an account of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the ruins of the World Trade Center complex shortly after the event. (Vocabulary and style, scanning, text organization, synonyms, analyzing a text, expressive writing, human interest stories.)
Advanced
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Accent on Second Language Development
Hearing a second language spoken day-to-day will not translate into fluency but it may help children speak with a more convincing accent, results of a study suggest. (Second language development, self-evaluation of language learning, finding the main idea, true or false, pronunciation of past tense verbs.)
Advanced
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Home Sweet Home
Max takes a look at words to do with houses and homes.
Intermediate
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School
Max takes us on a journey through the history of words associated with places of learning.
Intermediate
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Body Language
Max takes a look at body language.
Intermediate
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Animal Chatter
Max talks about the words we use to describe the noises animals make.
Intermediate
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Knitwise
Max talks about the history of such warming words as cardigan, jersey, sweater, jumper, pullover and balaclava.
Intermediate
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Reviving a Lost Art
France's Sorbonne University has launched a degree course in professional letter writing because a generation addicted to brief e-mails and mobile phone text messaging has forgotten how to write letters. (Methods of communication, writing letters, history, use of 'as'.)
Intermediate
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The "Babel" Machine
This is about the emergence of so-called "machine translation", which has raised hopes among some --and strong doubts among others -- that computers will one day make human interpreters obsolete. (Translation, computers, technology, interpreters, language, the -ing forms, gerunds, verbs, adjectives)
Upper-Intermediate
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Europe's Worst Linguists
This is about, well, Europe's worst linguists, and Europe's best. Who do you think they are? (languages, Europe, English, prepositions)
Intermediate
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Writing Exams
Students do pretty well on multiple-choice tests in math and science, just don't expect them to be able to write home about it. Also, if they do fail, expect a law suit. (Education, styles of exams, writing, the USA, 'pretty' as an adverb)
Pre-Intermediate
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New Words Old Words
Words and phrases: Bart Simpson's catch phrase "Eat my shorts?", now nestles alongside some of William Shakespeare's immaculately turned lines in the revised Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. This also gives some amazing origins of words. (history of words, modern catch phrases, idioms)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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