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Acquiring A First Language By: Julio Foppoli
Have you ever wondered how you learned to speak your native language?We can speak the language perfectly well, with grammatically perfect utterances and appropriate and accurate vocabulary for every possible situation or context in our lives.Obviously, we can infer, our parents had something to do with this. After all, we ...
Authentic VS Graded Material in Second Languages By: Julio Foppoli
As you all know, the main difference between authentic vs. graded materials is that in the latter, the materials almost always revolve around a particular structure that is presented to the student. For example, if the tense being presented is, say, ?The Past Tense,? every single speaker in the dialogs ...
Spanish Prepositions Por and Para The Easy Way to Use Them Perfectly By: Julio Foppoli
When it comes to mastering the uses of POR and PARA in Spanish, there is a very simple, yet powerful approach that can help you in 95 to 98% of the cases and even more.Rather than teaching all the uses of POR and PARA as all teachers do, I prefer ...
Advantages of ELearning Over Traditional Instruction of a Second Language By: Julio Foppoli
Benefits of E-learningWhen it comes to Second Language Acquisition, E-learning has definite benefits over traditional classroom training. While the most obvious are the flexibility and the cost savings from not having to travel or spend excess time away from work, there are also others that might not be so obvious. ...
Second Language Acquisition in Adult Learners Part 2 By: Julio Foppoli
In our previous mini-article entitled "Second Language Acquisition in Adult Learners" we mentioned that one of the main reasons why adults fail to acquire the language effectively is because they are presented almost exclusively with unnatural samples of language devoid of meaning or communicative goals. They are forced to repeat ...
Are Adults Too Old to Start to Learn a New Language By: Julio Foppoli
This is another installment in our series of mini-articles on Language Acquisition.Although it is commonly believed that children acquire a Second language quickly and effectively, research shows that the same could be the case with adults, given certain conditions.The wealth of evidence clearly demonstrates that there is by no means ...
Second Language Acquisition in Adult Learners By: Julio Foppoli
In our previous mini-article entitled "Language Acquisition vs. Language Learning" we mentioned an important distinction in the way in which children acquire their mother tongue naturally, by means of meaningful interactions with their parents in which the focus of every single exchange is communicative in nature.Adults, in contrast, when trying ...
Technology in Second Language Classrooms How to create a Website for Second Language Learners By: Julio Foppoli
Your own educational website in less than 10 minutes! We all know how important the world wide web has become and how useful and captivating it may be for our students if we make it part of our everyday teaching practices; facts, figures, graphs, statistics, comparative charts and a myriad ...
Compelling Reasons to Study Spanish By: Julio Foppoli
Today I would like to write about a recurrent question I get in my website from many different users worldwide. They hear time and again of the importance of speaking Spanish fluently to be prepared. What they should they be prepared for? Many already know the answer to this, namely ...
Language Acquisition vs Language Learning By: Julio Foppoli
According to linguists (i.e. scientits who engage in the scientific study of human language)there is an important distinction between language acquisition and language learning.As you may well have noticed, children acquire their mother tongue through interaction with their parents and the environment that sorrounds them. Their need to communicate paves ...
The Silent Period of Second Language Acquisition Know This Before Frustration Takes Over By: Julio Foppoli
There are five different stages in the second language acquisition process:1) The Silent Period 2) The Early Production Period 3) The Speech Emergence Period 4) The Intermediate Production Period 5) The Advanced Production PeriodEven though there is wealth of research on these different stages, out of these five periods, probably the most misunderstood, ignored or ...
Master Spanish or Any Other Language in 30 Days or Less By: Julio Foppoli
As in many aspects in life, Second Language Acquisition is part of a process that may extend for several years. How funny and ludicrous it is to find language courses that offer what we would all like to hear, that we can master a new language in only 30 days!Some ...
Second Language Acquisition By: Julio Foppoli
As we saw in our previous mini-article, children acquire language through a subconscious process during which they are unaware of grammatical rules.Their interaction with the environment (i.e. primarily parents and people they have constant contact with) added to their innate capacity to acquire language results in a perfect or almost ...

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