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Welcome to episode 10, a little milestone for the Creative Language Learning Podcast! Thank you guys so much for tuning in, sharing the podcast and responding to it so often.
Do you have any dream guests you'd like to hear from? Special topics, questions or discussions? Leave them in the comments below.
This time, I am talking to an expert in the area of course design and online education. Breanne Dyck knows how to make people learn, she's got lots of information about neuroscience and learnt quite a few languages herself.
In this Interview you'll be finding out about
- Why languages are the daddy of self-teaching
- The big mistake all self-learners tend to make
- Where the MOOC concept comes from
- What you should consider before you start even looking for an online course
- The difference between a MOOC, an online course and Duolingo
How to avoid wasting money on unsuitable courses
- What motivation is really about
Article of the Week
Tips of the Week
Out of the following fabulous three tips, Breanne chose number 1 as her Tip of the Week! Keep immersing yourself in the target language through Facebook and practice switching from and to the target language without translating everything in your head.
1) Language Immersion by Facebook on Language Surfer
2) Beat the Leaderboard on Memrise like Leszek Trybala
3) Translate to Beat the Plateau, a tip from Dr Rebecca Braun at the Guardian Live Q&A
Tips and Links from this Podcast
Breanne is holding three major webinars, the Elevate series from 3-6 December 2014. If you're curious about making your own online course, this is THE place to be.
Google, in case you have not heard of it
Rozuku, an easy course creation website
Udemy, an online course marketplace with reviews and thousands of courses
French Grammar for Beginners, my awesome online French course for grammar reference and simple explanations
Lynda.com, online course marketplace
Breanne Dyck's Blog at MNIB, about the science of learning and teaching online
Reddit, where you can find communities about anything and any language
Hi everyone, How’ve you been?...what’ve you been up to?
I’ve been busy doing different things, in the classroom, on the Net, you know how it is. The world's been busy too, hasn’t it…let's look some of the news:
- In Venezuela, there is oil to burn, but you have to queue for hours to get a roll of toilet paper
- In Thailand, the debates are as complex and heated as a Thai curry.
- In beautiful Turkey, East meets West but never the twain shall meet.
- Facebook buys Whatsapp for a King's ransom.
- Mexican/US forces capture the ‘World's’ (US’s) most wanted man ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,
...there’s never a dull moment!
Some More Tips for Learning Vocabulary
Did you have time to check out Readlang? It's the Vocabulary/Reading app and website that I told you about last week). What did you think? Let me know in the comments or by email, and I’ll pass it on to Steve, the main man.
I’ve been learning lots this week too, and I’ve started using a new Learning & Teaching tool called Gibbon.
Gibbon is a peer-to-peer learning platform where everyone can learn and teach with the help of playlists. A playlist is an easy way to share articles, link, videos and books to learn anything.
I’m really attracted to Gibbon because it’s nice and clean to look at, it’s simple, and it encourages you as you learn. I just feels good.
How to Use Gibbon For Learning Languages
As a teacher, you create a Learning Flow (like a book with Chapters). Each Chapter is an article, a blog post, a video, anything you like from the internet, about your subject.
As a student, you follow the Learning Flow Chapter by Chapter, and learn as you go. Your teacher guides you to the content best suited to what you want to learn.
You know the best things in life are free, that's why Gibbon's good too - Ad-free, Clutter-free, Stress-free, and you-don't-have-to-pay-free! Below, you can see screen shots of the Teachers view, and the Learners view (nearly the same).
By the way, while you're visiting Gibbon, why don't you check out Kiwiprofesor's Vocabulary Learning Flow - for Learners, and Teachers of English. Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading this article on Fluent - The Language Learning Blog. Don't forget - if you sign up to our newsletter, you will receive a free Guide to the Best Language Learning Resources! The Fluent Blog does NOT have any financial relationship with Gibbon or Readlang - our writer Ricky recommended the software because he thinks it's great!