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Spanish Movies for Students of Spanish

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 06/20/14 | Categories: Language Learning Tips, Second Language Acquisition

Learning Spanish: The following movies are contemporary classics, all of which are available on Netflix. If you are a beginner or low-intermediate student of Spanish, you should probably watch them with subtitles first and then watch them again without subtitles. If you are a high-intermediate […]… Learn more »

Motivation to Learn a New Language

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 05/10/14 | Categories: Language Learning Tips, Second Language Acquisition

I’d like to write about some of the ways linguists talk about motivation in language learning.To break it down into the two main categories, we have: integrative motivation and instrumental motivation. Of course, these two types of motivation can exist in the same person but […]… Learn more »

Bilinguals Can Pay Attention Better

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 05/04/14 | Categories: Language In The News, Second Language Acquisition

In an article just published by Robert Lee Hotz in the Wall Street Journal (link below), diverse findings are shared that prove more benefits for speaking an additional language. I will highlight the five main points: 1. Speaking more than one language might change the […]… Learn more »

Raising a Bilingual Child

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 04/18/14 | Categories: Multilingual Children, Second Language Acquisition

Raising a Bilingual Child As I am now a new parent (see pic!), I am ready to put the following research-proven theories to work: 1. Children can learn multiple languages at the same time. The human brain is wired in such a way that a […]… Learn more »

The Psychology of Learning a Second Language

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 04/03/14 | Categories: Language In The News, Second Language Acquisition

Learning a second language can be an incredibly psychological endeavor.  For every person, this experience will be different but we have all certainly experienced some of the doubt, panic and fear that come with the task of really speaking in a second language. In Second […]… Learn more »