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Subject: [Humanist]  22.318 language learning online


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 318.
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        Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:47:49 -0500
        From: "Goldfield, Joel" <JGoldfield-AT-mail.fairfield.edu>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist]  22.314 language learning online

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Of particular importance is the second question.  Engaging, lively and well-designed language instruction and materials online will make headway in replacing teachers and courses that are "dry" and "uninvolving."  At the very least these online resources will provide motivation where needed to continue improving the quality of foreign language instruction.
Joel Goldfield
Fairfield University

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 314.
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        Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 06:32:15 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: language learning online

Those interested in how the web is put to good use will want to take
note of a former student's work in language learning, LanguageLab.com,
based on Second Life. I paste in here part of his advert.

WM

> Hola, 
>
>     * Would you like to learn Spanish through real experiences in a
>       friendly, Spanish speaking virtual city?
>     * Have you ever wanted to learn a language but found yourself put
>       off by dry, uninvolving classes?
>     * Did you learn Spanish a while ago ... y lo tiene un poquito olvidado?
>
>
> ....Well Languagelab is offering you the chance to learn with our
> qualified native speaker Spanish teachers from the comfort of your own
> home .... in our very own virtual Spanish speaking city 'Ciudad Bonita'.
>
> Studying with Languagelab will improve your fluency and help you acquire
> vocabulary faster than any other method. It's a great way to get back
> into Spanish if you are a little rusty.
>
> Our method gives you more opportunity to practice with native speakers
> than in any other school or programme. You really will be confident in
> basic interactions with Spanish native speakers after only 10 weeks.
>
> 
> *'Beginners Spanish' at Languagelab is: *
>
>     * *10 week course (beginning 17th November) *
>
> You will receive:
>
>     * *2 hours of fixed classes per week with qualified Spanish teachers*
>     * *2 hours of optional live practice with native Spanish speakers in
>       Ciudad Bonita *
>
[...]
>
> For more information click here
> http://blog.languagelab.com/2008/11/06/new-learn-spanish-with-languagelabcom/

[...]
--
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing, King's College
London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org/.

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