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How to Help Students with Foreign Language Anxiety

By Kelli Drummer-Avendano

Learning a new language can be exciting and enjoyable, but it can also be nerve-wracking and panic-inducing, even for the most confident student. Foreign language anxiety is a very real thing; it even has a name, xenoglossophobia, and it could prevent some students from excelling or even participating in the language classroom. While you may not be able to take all the fear out of learning a new language, here are some ideas to help students feel more comfortable: 

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Learning Italian: Pronouns

By- Claudia Quesito

I pronomi are typically dreaded by language learners, but they are, in fact, here to help! They are used to make conversation smoother and avoid repetitions. The word pronome comes from Latin and it means “in place of the noun.” Indeed, a pronoun replaces a noun that has been just mentioned or that it can be easily assumed by the context. There are different kinds of pronouns: pronomi soggetto, pronomi complemento, and pronomi riflessivi

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Five Wonderful Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

By- Erika Semprun

Understanding and speaking more than one language has been said to be extremely beneficial for both adults and children. But just how exactly is it beneficial? Here are five great effects of mastering more than one language.

#1- Increases intelligence

It’s been proven that children and adults who’ve mastered more than one language are more intelligent than individuals who are monolingual. People who are bilingual are better multitaskers, decision makers, and are great with memorization. Studies show that sorting through thoughts and ideas in various languages serve as stimulus or exercise for the brain, making it stronger and more active.

#2- Enhances creativity

Those who understand and speak a foreign language have often been shown to have higher levels of creativity. This is especially useful in developing individualism and problem-solving skills.


#3- Boosts tolerance and multicultural appreciation

Being fluent in more than one language not only aids communication, it’s been shown to make people more aware, more tolerant, and more accepting. By putting yourself in other people’s shoes, especially those who are quite different from you, you’re welcoming their culture/heritage. And doing that means you’re more open to learning.

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4 Ways Children’s Literature Helps Language Learning

By- Kelli Drummer-Avendano

By the time children start kindergarten, they will know approximately 5,000 words in their native language. If they are raised in a bilingual (or multilingual) household, they may have a smaller vocabulary in each language, but know as many as or more words total than their monolingual counterparts. In both cases, we know that books have a significant impact on language learning. Here are a few examples of just how they help.

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Past Tenses: Passato Prossimo Versus Imperfetto

By- Claudia Quesito

The main tenses used to talk about the past are passato prossimo (present perfect), imperfetto (imperfect), and passato remoto (past absolute). Passato prossimo and passato remoto translate literally as “close past” and “remote past,” but their use in contemporary Italian has little to do with how recent in time the corresponding events and situations were. Passato remoto is commonly used in Southern Italy, and not necessarily to talk about things that happened long before.

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Italian Design

By Claudia Quesito

Together with the unavoidable food, design is one of the Italian icons, known and celebrated all over the world. Italian design refers to everything devised and manufactured in Italy, including interior, fashion, urban, and architectural design. Some design items are universally recognized as made in Italy, but maybe not everyone knows that all the items that follow are 100% Italian.

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La Street Art in Italia

By Claudia Quesito

Virtually everywhere around the world, street art has a controversial history. Often born as an anti-establishment act, initially considered a mix of vandalism and ugliness, it is now almost universally valued as a form of art. Italian street art was born in the wake of New York’s movement and, if an official birthday has to be found, it is definitely the exhibition Arte di frontiera. New York Graffiti organized in Bologna in 1984.

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Il linguaggio dei fiori

By- Claudia Quesito

Few things are as universal as flowers. Their magical beauty, joyful colors, and intoxicating perfumes have inspired countless quotes and sent messages all over the world throughout history. Many flowers are traditionally associated with specific feelings, wishes, or messages. However, these meanings change from culture to culture, and it might be good to consider them before sending someone a bunch of flowers. 

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