Applied Linguistics Conference in New Zealand

I’m off to New Zealand in two weeks to present at the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand / Applied Linguistics Association of Australia conference in Wellington. My presentation is “Formality and Francophonie: Stylistic and geographic variation in university textbooks of French” (Spoiler alert: there isn’t much.) The conference is November 27-29 at Victoria University […]


English Teaching Assistant in France 2014-2015

If you would like to teach English in the public school system in France as an assistant for the 2014-2015 school year (October 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015), use the links below to find out the specific requirements and application process for your country. In general, you must be a native English speaker, have […]


Mooc Videos and Subtitles for Language Learning

Using MOOC Videos and Subtitles to Learn Languages

Free MOOC Videos and Subtitles for Learning Languages Although there don’t seem to be any MOOCs on the major provider platforms for learning languages (Update: Finally, they do exist!), Coursera does offer courses in French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, etc. that you can use to help you learn the language. Most, if not all of them, […]


European Day of Languages 2013

Just a reminder – the European day of Languages / Journée européenne des langues is tomorrow, September 26! From the official website: Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity […]


The Great Language Game

The Great Language Game: How many languages can you identify?

The Great Language Game Here’s a fun new game to get addicted to: The Great Language Game Data scientist Lars Yencken has created a neat game where you listen to an audio clip and choose which language it is. All of the clips are from Australia’s SBS (which you should listen to anyway since so […]


Dutch Heritage in the US: Holland, Michigan

I am currently in the US visiting family and I stopped by Holland, Michigan, since I hadn’t been there in 20 years. It was founded by Dutch settlers in the mid 19th century and a large majority of Dutch Americans still live in Michigan. There is also a city called Zeeland nearby. Holland is often ranked […]


Trilingual Books (English-Spanish-French) for Children

I am constantly looking for trilingual book (English-Spanish-French) for my young niece and nephew. So far I have found two series on Amazon.com: Little Pim, which has 4 books of numbers, colors, feelings and animals as well as tabs for little fingers to pull I love to sleep and I love to eat, which are also […]


How Adaptation to Culture Affects Motivation in Language Learning

How Adaptation to Culture Affects Motivation in Language Learning

How Adaptation to Culture Affects Motivation in Language Learning Learning languages while studying abroad isn’t usually a breeze An article on sociolinguistic competence (Dewaele, 2007) introduced me to research on language learners’ ideological beliefs and conflicts with the target culture that can hinder language acquisition. Dewaele provides two examples from Kinginger (2004) and Kinginger & Farrell’s […]


Australian & New Zealand Universities that offer French

For Francophiles based in the South Pacific region, 20 out of the 39 universities in Australia and 6 out of the 8  universities in New Zealand currently offer French: Australia Australian National University Edith Cowan University Flinders University James Cook University La Trobe University Macquarie University Monash University RMIT University University of Adelaide University of […]


Basic Phrases with Pronunciation: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Swedish Available

If you’d like to study basic phrases for French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, or Swedish, I’ve created new pages with the list of phrases and mp3s for each phrase (instead of one mp3 for all the phrases together). Now you can listen to each phrase individually before trying out the audio flashcards to test yourself. […]