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Why Study a Second (or Third) Language?

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Why Study a Second
Language?

by Cédric Ebiner
Why NOT Study a Second (or Third) Language?
"Everybody Speaks English"
"How am I supposed to teach a language I don't know?"
"The technology can do the work for us."
"It is too embarrassing"
"I don't want to upset the natives"

How to study a new language?
Words
Expressions
Conversation
Grammar & Syntax
Cultural Knowledge
Programs
Computer based
Speaking, hearing, writing
Primarily conversational
Minimal grammar
No cultural context
Can be set up for a whole year
Placement tests available
20 languages available
6 month money back guarantee
$299-$699
Ages 8 and up
Language Facts
6912 Languages
470 million to 1.2 billion non-native English speakers
5.8 billion no English
China: 10 million users of English and 300 million learners
Mandarin Chinese spoken by 873 million native speakers
Papua New Guinea has 820 living languages
52.7% of Europeans are fluent in 2 language,
9.3% of Americans are fluent in 2 language.
And Finally . . .

"A different language is a different vision of life."
Federico Fellini, Italian film director

Not understanding and making mistakes is part of the experience
Study frequently and for a short time
More than once a day
Memorize effectively
flash cards
flashcard apps
say out loud
march
Loci method
Keyword technique
Speak language as often as possible
Work in groups
Language exposure
1973-1993: Switzerland
Cal Poly Pomona
LMU
SDSU
1996: Married Elizabeth &
converted to Catholic Faith
1998-Present
French & Latin Teacher
Loyola High (Los Angeles)
2004: Started Homeschooling
What can the study of a language do TO me?
College
require 2 years of FL study (3 recommended)
usually required for BA/BS
Study abroad options
Why Study
a Second
Language?

Practical Reasons
What can the study of a language do FOR me?
Deeper Reasons
Many graduate programs require:
Reading Knowledge
Proficiency exam
Employment Potential
To buy: English is enough
To sell: more is needed
Multiple government agencies,
Travel industry,
Engineering,
Communications,
Field of education,
International law,
Economics,
Public policy,
Publishing,
Advertising,
Entertainment,
Scientific research,
Travel
#1 international destination: UK
Natives will love you for trying
Lack of language knowledge affects your experience
Allows you to get away from tourist centers
Improve your native language
Grammar
Vocabulary
Makes you a better student
Increased critical thinking abilities
More flexibility
Cultural appreciation
Art
Literature
Movies
Increases creativity
Global Understanding
Step inside mind of that culture
Communication
Understanding

ex: ALTUS = high/deep
Enhances your understanding of your own culture
The Learnables
Cathy Duffy:
“The Learnables approach to foreign language works well for homeschooling families for at least four reasons:
1. Flexibility for different age learners,
2. Does not require the parent to know or teach the language,
3. Multisensory format works for many different learning styles,
4. …a more natural learning method than traditional approaches to foreign language acquisition.”
Book 1-3 (includes CDs): $300
Same approach for every language
Technologically outdated
Portable device non compatible
Early language "study" must be:
natural
Immersion
fun
Music
Movies
Later start
Early Start
Grammar
Conjugation
Memorization
Native Speaking Teacher
Conversation
Total Physical Response
Cultural Understanding
Corrections
Nuances
Foreign Country
Grandpa & grandma
Films
Radio
Music
France or . . .
. . . Louisiana
. . . French Guyana
. . . Haiti
. . . Cambodia
. . . Burkina Faso
Mexico or . . .
. . . Puerto Rico
. . . Spain
. . . Guatemala
. . . Paraguay
Germany or . . .
. . . Switzerland
. . . Austria
China or . . .
. . . Taiwan
. . . Singapore
Uncle José
Cousin Fritz
Aunt Françoise
Internet
iTunes
What do you want to achieve?
Study Tips
Even More Activities
Ethnic Neighborhood
Plan a pretend trip
Study abroad
Heritage events
Mass
festival
Other
Activities
Pen Pal
Magazine
Restaurant
Study of a language is as human as iy gets
Computer can't do it
Experiment analogy

cartoon
UCLA Mathematics:
Prior to taking the oral qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy, students in the pure program must fulfill the foreign language requirement. Students must pass one written departmental language examination in either French, German, or Russian. These foreign language examinations, offered Fall and Spring quarters, require the translation of material in some basic field of mathematics. The examinations may be taken any number of times until passed.
Camille
Blaise
Zelie
Colette
Estelle & Sebastien
Education
Language teacher
Bilingual education
Assistance to students
Communication with parents
Tu es sympa
You are nice
NOT your nice.
Aurelia Marcum videt
Aurelia is subject
Marcum is Direct Object
Trans sub sto
(across) (under) (stand)
“And what is a kiss, specifically?
A pledge properly sealed, a promise
seasoned to taste, a vow stamped with the immediacy of a lip,
a rosy circle drawn around the verb 'to love.'
A kiss is a message too intimate for the ear,
infinity captured in the bee's brief visit to a flower, secular communication with an aftertaste of heaven, the pulse rising from the heart to utter its name on a lover's lip: 'Forever.”
Un baiser, mais à tout prendre, qu'est-ce?
Un serment fait d'un peu plus près, une promesse
Plus précise, un aveu qui peut se confirmer,
Un point rose qu'on met sur l'i du verbe aimer;
C'est un secret qui prend la bouche pour oreille,
Un instant d'infini qui fait un bruit d'abeille,
Une communion ayant un goût de fleur,
Une façon d'un peu se respirer le coeur,
Et d'un peu se goûter au bord des lèvres, l'âme!
Cyrano de Bergerac
Biscuit
Cardinal
Amphitheater
Entrée
Crème Brulée
There’s a high positive correlation between foreign language study and improved reading scores for children of average and below average intelligence. (Garfinkel & Tabor 1991)
Foreign language learners have better listening skills and sharper memories than their monolingual peers. (Lapkin, et al 1990, Ratte 1968)
People who are competent in more than one language consistently outscore monolinguals on tests of verbal and nonverbal intelligence. (Bruck, Lambert, Tucker 1974, Hakuta 1986, Weatherford 1986)

Audio format
CD with text
Listening and speaking
30 min lessons
Good for pronunciation
Graduated Interval Recall
$200-$600
Traditional Textbook & Workbook
ads
feature films
change language setting
news
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