WorldView: A Language Blog

WorldView is a place for leaders in the fields of language education, global citizenship, immersion learning, and other topics central to the Concordia Language Villages mission to address issues important to their fields.

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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.

Bemidji to Port-au-Prince, One Door Opens to the Next . . .  and the Next

By Steve Asper | Published: June 6, 2017

Follow the journey that leads one villager/staff member/teacher through door after door of opportunities, all opened for him by a passion for learning language and culture.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for May 2017

Published: May 30, 2017

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

Live the Language:  Integrating Experiential Learning into the Classroom

By Cassandra Glynn and Brandon Locke | Published: May 23, 2017

Cassandra Glynn, Director of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction for Concordia College, and Brandon Locke, Dean of Educator Programs for Concordia Language Villages, continually strive to help teachers make connections between practices in the Language Villages and those in their own classrooms. The idea for this post stems from their session at the ACTFL 2015 conference entitled Live the Language: Integrating Experiential Learning into the Classroom. In this blog they highlight two examples from their professional development work with teachers.

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