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Camp-to-Camp Exchange with Partners in Russia

By by Lara Ravitch | Published: July 18, 2017

The teams of Lesnoe Ozero and Forest Camp

What would an English language immersion camp look like in Russia? Lara Ravitch and her team are on a mission to find out. Through an exchange with Forest Camp in Zadonsk, Russia, the staff of Lesnoe Ozero are working to improve the cultural experience for language immersion campers on both sides of the world.

Any Age Is the Right Age to Learn a Second Language

By Kari Berit, M.S. | Published: July 11, 2017

Adult language learners sitting in the sun and laughing.

Myths abound about how, for adults, it’s “too late” to learn a second language. Kari Berit outlines how, with the right environment and mindset, adult learners can indeed be successful language learners.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for June 2017

Published: June 27, 2017

A map of the globe, projected onto the palms of a child's hands.

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of June.

Humor as Insight in Early Language Education

By Valerie “Magna” Borey | Published: June 20, 2017

What does it mean when learners make funny “mistakes” in their new language? Valerie “Magna” Borey suggests that language play and humor reveal developing insights into the communicative process and give learners a chance to share these insights with others.

Language Learning in the Wild:  Unleashing Language in the Nooks and Crannies of Everyday Life

By Heidi E. Hamilton | Published: June 13, 2017

Everyday problems and challenges provide valuable chances for language learners. Mundane, unpredictable interactions like asking for more bread, dealing with incorrect change, or issuing an invitation to play are all opportunities to take language instruction out of the classroom and ‘into the wild’ of real life in another country. Heidi Hamilton discusses how learning ‘in the wild’ can benefit all language learners, from young Concordia villagers to adult international migrant communities.

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