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Creating a Language Immersion Environment in the Classroom

According to a 2011 survey by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), there are close to 500 schools in 38 US states that offer total, partial or two-way immersion programs…

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Elementary Students Level with High Schoolers in New Immersion Study

In what is thought to be the first research study into the efficacy of immersion learning in foreign languages, students from Palo Alto’s Ohlone Elementary have comparable skills in Mandarin…

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4 Myths about Learning a Language, Debunked

If you’re hesitant about learning a new language, it might be because you’ve bought into the idea that it’s too hard or simply unnecessary or impractical. Maybe it’s time to…

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Becoming “Real”: Overcoming Cultural Illiteracy

In 2001, bilingual computer scientist Vladimir Veselov set out to create a computer program or “chatterbot” that would be able to communicate like a human. He called his program “Eugene…

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Classroom vs. Immersion: Which Creates a Native-Like Brain?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to language learning. One is the traditional classroom approach, where students familiarize themselves with vocabulary and grammar in order to prepare themselves…

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