7th April 2014
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DELTA MODULES 1 & 3 - ONLINE PREPARATION
If you are thinking of tackling the Cambridge DELTA modules, we are
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These are three month courses lead up to the exam/entry dates. For more
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in Madrid, Spain
A recent article in the Guardian asks:
Can I successfully learn a language online? Technology has changed the way people learn and access education, particularly languages. But can you successfully master a language only using online tools?
The Guardian Online Learning Challenge
More on this story:
• I'm learning French... to be more like George Orwell
• Will I be able to learn Spanish with just my smartphone?
• Forget French, Russian is the language of love
And then there's the page for The Case For Language Learning:
All worth checking out.
When teaching vocabulary it's sometimes
very difficult to get the
exact meaning across to the students. This is especially so
more advanced the learners are as the language becomes more
diverse & subtle. One way of looking at meaning is called
'Componential Analysis'. This aims to sort out the subtle
differences between similar words. It is basically a chart
that has the words that
you're focusing on on one axis & on the other the different
collocates or components that go to make up the meanings.
Check out the some blank charts & try to fill them in.
Then click the link to see the suggested ideas for each.
They are easy to design but do need a bit
of thought. Give out the chart & ask your students to
fill it in - tell them to use their intuition - does it sound
right to them? Then they can compare with your version & discuss possibilities. You do need to be very clear about
the possibilities before giving them to your students.
I first came across this in a book called
'The Words You Need' &
'More Words You Need' by Rudzka et al (Longman) - I'm not sure if they are still in print, although you may pick up secondhand copies on Amazon.
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