Comparative and Multilingual Books for Learning Languages Simultaneously [UPDATED OCT 2014]

-+*I’ve updated the list of multilingual sites for learning several languages together, but if you’re interested in books (some as PDFs) rather than websites, these are the resources I have: A Comparative Practical Grammar of French, Spanish and Italian by O. W. Heatwole (1949) You may be able to buy it from third-party sellers on […]

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Topic vs. Frequency in Vocabulary Learning

-+*Teachers and learners of languages, I am looking for your input in the topic vs. frequency debate. Almost all textbooks and coursebooks introduce vocabulary in chapter topics or themes such as food, clothing, transportation, etc.  These related words are often used to fill in the slots of functional phrases, which a lot of current books […]

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Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching

-+*Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching by Keith Folse (2004, University of Michigan Press) is a great introduction to the gap between practice and research in vocabulary learning and teaching. I highly recommend the book, but if you’d like a shorter summary, Folse’s article “Myths about Teaching and Learning Second Language Vocabulary: […]

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Books on French Linguistics and Sociolinguistics (in English)

-+*For any students interested in French linguistics or sociolinguistics, here are the books that I recommend for an introduction as well as a more in-depth explanation. You don’t necessarily need to have a background in linguistics to be able to understand everything, especially for the first three books. Exploring the French Language by R. Anthony […]

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Free Corpora of Spoken French

-+*I am always looking for corpora of spoken French for my research so I was quite surprised to come across several freely available resources on the internet in the past week. Most of these corpora contain audio and/or video with transcripts of authentic and spontaneous spoken French – perfect for self-study or use in a […]

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Authentic French with Commercials and Films

-+*Friday was my 30th birthday and as my birthday gift to all of you, I give you even more authentic French listening resources and exercises!  Luckily we have a great language lab at my university so I have been able to create some listening exercises for my students to try out, and of course  I […]

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Examples of Authentic French: The Case of Ils

-+*As a follow up to my post on Subject Pronouns in Textbooks: Written vs. Spoken French and how French textbooks do not include the spoken meanings of the pronouns, I came across a few examples of the use of ils in the indefinite sense while preparing transcripts to use in class. Textbooks still teach that on […]

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More Beginning French Songs

-+*More French songs for beginners! I like quirky (ok, weird) repetitive songs that make the vocabulary stick. L’alphabet Comment tu t’appelles ? Les prénoms Ça va (there is no actual video for this song but I love the Muppets!)

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Mind the Word extension for Chrome: Learn languages as you browse the web

-+*If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, Mind the Word is a useful extension to help you learn vocabulary in another language while you browse the web. From the description: “In every webpage visited, it randomly translates a few words into the language that you would like to learn. By exposing you to […]

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International Women’s Day and Encouraging Women to Learn Languages

-+*International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Improving the lives of women is very important to me, especially since women continue to be oppressed all over the world – including in my own country. I truly believe education is the key to […]

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