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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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Remote Learning: 5 Tips to Keep Students Engaged

By- Kelli Drummer-Avendano

In the wake of stay-at-home orders, many instructors across the globe have found themselves having to teach remotely with very little to no previous experience. One of the biggest concerns is student engagement. In the classroom, teachers can pick up on cues that students aren’t getting it or have wandered off track. Online learning is a challenge because it puts students and their caregivers in the driver’s seat. Here are five tips to help them keep their foot on the gas. 

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4 Hacks for Language Learning

By- Kelli Drummer-Avendano

You can bet that the goal “Learn a new language” is on almost everyone’s bucket list. Unfortunately, few people actually get to cross that one off. There’s no doubt that learning a language is difficult. After all, we don’t really remember how we learned our first one—it just kind of happened. And while there’s no shortcut to becoming fluent in a new language, here are some tips to help get you well on your way.

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Sharing a Love of Languages at Planet Word

Visitors to Washington, D.C. know the city offers learning experiences for people interested in a range of topics: history, art, aviation, and more. Language lovers will soon enjoy a museum devoted to language itself with the opening of Planet Word. Planet Word is a museum with a mission: to inspire a love of language in all its forms. 

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Higher Education

Dynamic Online Language Learning in the 21st Century: General Course Design

Part 2: General Course Design 

If you’re excited to begin teaching online, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone! Luckily, Donna Marqués continues this webinar series with an introduction to general course design. After many years of online teaching, Donna’s expertise will guide you through the different components of an online course, such as the Learning Management System and the Supersite. Even if you have no idea what those terms mean, not to worry! You’re sure to become familiar with them and more after watching the webinar. 

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Four Ways to Integrate Social Media in the Classroom

By- Erika Semprun

There’s only a couple of weeks left of summer vacation, and teachers across the globe are coming up with new ideas to engage students in the upcoming curriculum. What better way to captivate students than to incorporate social media into weekly lessons?

While social media in the classroom is something of a new phenomenon, there’s no doubt that when used right, technology in the classroom is beneficial for both students and educators!

Ready to integrate media into your lesson plan? Keep reading to learn some useful tips!

1. Create Social Media Accounts to Communicate Outside the Classroom

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Opening a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page to communicate with students outside the classroom is a great tool! As a teacher, you can use these accounts to post reminders, assignment guidelines, answer questions, and take polls for upcoming lesson ideas. Students can answer each other’s questions and even share notes! Connecting on social media is quick and easy and by using one, cohesive channel, the chances of miscommunication or misunderstandings decrease immensely!

2. Use Social Media to Access Current Stories or News Relevant to Upcoming Assignments 

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