Keeping Language Learning Fun and Interesting in Post-Brexit Uk

Keeping Language Learning Fun and Interesting in Post-Brexit Uk

This presentation was given on Friday Oct 13 at the Language Show Live in London, UK in the Seminar Programme.

Video, references and further resources can be found at
An abstract of this session can be found here:


Jennifer Geacone-Cruz

October 13, 2017


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    Language Learning in 
 the Post-Brexit UK: How to keep

 fun and interesting @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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 MSc Psycholinguistics Berlin Dimitris

 MBA, Oslo Countries: 12
 Languages: 23 Founding member,
 Institute of Human Connectivity, hosted at Regent’s University Content Director, Lingvist @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Brexit and Language Learning Whom does it affect?

    the relationship?
 What are schools’ responsibilities?
 What is the teacher’s role?
 What can parents do?
 @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Why Start with Cultural Awareness? Builds curiosity and interest Builds

    empathy for the administration Helps stop bullying Encourages knowledge sharing Paves way for integration of home languages into the curriculum @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Getting Active with Language Kinaesthetic learning 
 reinforces content and

    its understanding through active learning transitions” and helps “transition between classroom activities or within the school building — Dr. Martha Eddy 
 Princeton University 
 founder and director of the Centre for Kinaesthetic Education @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Tell Tales Inspired by Eithne Gallagher Class creates a fairy

    tale featuring the home languages of the class @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Keep it Moving Involve activities where the students are not

    sitting at their desks to engage muscle memory Introduce and model the vocabulary
 Have the students use the language during the activity
 Award extra points for consistent use of language
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    Create Times and Setting Set aside a regular time period

    to use home languages to learn topically
 Encourage students to learn the home language of one of their classmates 
 Engage by maxing mixed pairs and teams @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Exchange and Connect Pen pal exchanges, old-fashioned letters and postcards

    Digital platforms such as PenPalSchools (Downside: most are not free) Bili ( ) pairs schools for exchanges. (Free; English, French, German and Spanish) High-quality open-source platform for students to engage in cultural and language exchange
 Educators and open-source community need to have more collaboration @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Drawing New Conclusions Students create their own cartoon characters with

    a plot in English and the target language of choice @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Hobby Helpers survey student hobbies
 show & tell presentations

    students teach their peers
 smaller hobby-based groups within language clubs
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    Making Mistakes Correctness doesn’t make a fluent speaker

    one’s point across is much more important for fluency Develop ways to cope with gaps in knowledge while still negotiating situations
 Incorporate mistakes into positively reinforced activities and games Active speaking is more important than perfection @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Film Fun short film, tv, or advertising clips
 short scenes

    from popular films or shows and have students act them out
 show familiar clips with dubbing or subtitles after modelling or preparation
 have students write their own short scripts
 create adverts for invented products
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    Language of Song Translate songs from target to source language

    Involve home languages
 Use a karaoke format
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    Challenge Channels Use limited-time challenges
 Give students means to

    track their progress in short frames for motivation
 Short-timed challenges will increase discourse strategies
 Targeted rehearsal @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Make It Stick Post-it Rally
 Memory Game

    word jumbles
 Guess Game @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Three Times, A Charm One-Third stories
 Insert target-language words

    into text
 Original stories created with a list of required vocabulary @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Spontaneous Communication Improvisation calibrated to the student’s level
 Emotional connection

    to the language, losing fear of unpredictability, and developing alternative discourse strategies @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    Share Your Stories A pupil whose home language is not

    English and who lives in the UK
 A monolingual pupil trying to learn a second language
 Parents who immigrated to the UK, speak another language at home and who have a child in school in the UK
 A monolingual teacher in the UK, with children in the classroom whose home language is not English By sharing your viewpoints with us, we will be able to use the power of storytelling to create a greater level of awareness, empathy and understanding around the challenges of language learning in the UK. @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi
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    To share your stories, see our sources, and get more

    information, visit our talk page: Dimitris 
 Polychronopoulos Jennifer 
 Geacone-Cruz @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi @anomiseditrix @LanguageYozzi