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The following are three articles with lesson plans for English Language Learners on the importance of being bilingual. From Breaking News English.

Half of Europe’s Citizens are Bilingual

Can Learning Another Language Keep Your Brain Healthier?

Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power

Language with Lindsay

Cognitive development is sometimes neglected in the classroom due to its complexity. CLD Students often face challenges in instruction. These challenges include interrupted cognitive development in L1, instruction that fails to target a variety of learning styles, In English vocabulary knowledge and comprehension are primary determinants of reading comprehension ability, core structures of some subject areas are extremely difficult for ELL students, and some content areas require a high level of declarative and precedural knowledge of integration.


As teachers, what can we do??

Teachers need to keep the following in mind:

  • Self- Concept/ Self- Esteem: Create a safe environment by being friendly- make the student feel appreciated!!
  • Peer Acceptance and Socialization: Adolescents often have a strong desire to belong to a group for feelings of self- worth.
  • Physical Development: Teachers need to be aware that ELL students are experiencing not only the expected physical changes, but also the…

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Experts Reveal Favorite Methods for Learning Vocabulary



note: we now have 38 experts sharing their opinion on learning vocabulary.

Aaahhhh, learning vocabulary!

It must be the sexiest element of learning a language.

And perhaps the most controversial.

It’s not for nothing that polyglots call it the
Kim Kardashian of the language-learning community.

(Actually, I made that up. ;-) )

To add fuel to the discussion, and most importantly, to bring you fantastically useful advice on learning vocabulary in your target language, I asked a bunch of experts, authors, translators and bloggers the following question:

If there was one method for learning vocabulary that you’d recommend to the world, which one would it be?

The response was nothing short of overwhelming.

Almost 40 replies flooded my inbox — creating a bomb of extremely balanced advice and giving you the opportunity to judge for yourself how to best go about learning more words in your target language.

The number of hours I put in to create this resource for you is near the number of replies but it was worth every second of it. There are really some golden nuggets down the page!

So, without further ado, let’s get comfortable and dive in!


From: 1

It’s not only what you say, but how you say it.

Effective communication relies on far more than the denotation of the individual words we use. The very same words can convey different meanings depending on the intentions and emotional cues of the speaker. Adults are not unique in their ability to use and interpret expressed emotion as a contextual cue; children, even young children, possess the same ability as well, according to the findings published in Child Development.

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Excerpt of this report of a very interesting study:
The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest.

Environmental influences have their biggest impact before the age of four, as the brain’s wiring develops to process new words, say UK and US scientists.

The research in The Journal of Neuroscience suggests disorders causing language delay should be tackled early.

It also explains why young children are good at learning two languages

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From: Andew Weiler
Interesting facts….

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Prior research has shown that infants, who possess more power in their brain’s gamma frequency at rest, actually develop better language and cognitive abilities over their first 3 years of life. However, the exact underlying connection between resting gamma power and language abilities is still largely unknown.

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