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Language Acquisition And Brain Development

- Throughout history, many schools of thought have examined humans’ ability to understand and utilize language. Ancient philosophers, like Plato, used their observations to pose notions of language acquisition and early Indian scholars began the first debates between nativists and behaviorists (Stanford Encyclopedia). These early thinkers only touched upon this human process, as our modern day tests have shown that there are specific stages to acquiring language, varying ideas on whether language is innate or learned, and a definitive, but rarely studied, window for any human to acquire language....   [tags: Linguistics, Language acquisition]

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Differences in Expression of Politeness in Making Requests in English and in Chinese Language

- Politeness is known as a courteous manner that displays respects, show deference in society where people live and communicate together (OED online). Furthermore, according to Brown and Levinson (19780, politeness theory is the speaker’s expressions use toward receiver in soft manner of Face Threaten Acts (FTAs) to saving face of addressees. There are four main strategies in politeness theory as: bald-on record, positive politeness, negative politeness and off record. Bald- on record, a type is commonly with people known each other very well and very comfortable in their environment, is reduce the impact of FTAs....   [tags: Language ]

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The Importance Of A Common Language For The Total Population

- Growing up in a country where people speaks more than two hundred and forty different languages, you will grow to appreciate other people’s languages even if u don’t want to. The sound that comes out of their mouth, the harmony of jargon, rhymes you feel when they sing, play or recite chants. Even though, you don’t understand what they are saying. As for me I didn’t get to cherish these languages like I wanted. My focus was to become a polyglot. But, since different languages exists there was a need to create a common language for the total population....   [tags: English language, Lingua franca, Language]

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The Problem Of Common Language

- Learning how to speak different languages is very skillful. Although it is necessary to study various languages to enhance international communication, the issue arrives when a language is totally destroyed. Communication becomes less effectively due to a lack of structure, organization, and commonality in a realm of linguists. A standard language is used in various means of education, and societal publication in order to create a focal point as to how ideas are translated to the public. In order to make universal societal progress it is important to analyze the issue of the destruction of a common language which can be associated with the increase of immigration....   [tags: United States, English language, German language]

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The Critical Period For Language Acquisition

- Age is a significant reason why young individuals are better language learners than adults. Language acquisition affects an individual by their environment, education, and whether they are second language learners. For instance, a young English speaking American child taking Spanish classes at the YMCA will have a better understanding of the Spanish language in the future due to repetition, mixed culture, media, friends, and other influences. Because the child is growing in knowledge of their native language, they will also be able to grow in the concept of another language especially when dually exposed to both....   [tags: Second language, Linguistics]

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Learning And Comprehending English Language Learners

- Regardless of what type of characteristics an ESL student falls into, learning and comprehending English is a tough challenge for them to fully grasp the complexities of the second language, however, the number of these students is growing vastly in public schools. According to Douglass Horsford, & Sampson (2013) nearly one in every ten public school students (roughly 4.5 million of 50 million total students) were classified as English language learners (ELL’s) during the 2010-2011 school year. The approximate number of people living in America that spoke a language that was not English was around 57 million....   [tags: Language acquisition, Linguistics, Language]

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- The COBOL programming language is typically used in large scale databases in banks and insurance companies. Today, COBOL is rarely used to write new software applications. It has been replaced by the C/C++ programming language, but up until the 80’s all business software was written using COBOL. This includes but not exclusively accounting, payroll, and large bank applications. COBOL is still used today due to the high cost in upgrading software, and recent studies show that as many as twelve million COBOL applications are still used today....   [tags: Computer Programming Languages]

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Different Cultures Within The Same Language

- I have known my participant for many months previous to this interview so some of this information I already knew while other information was new to me. It is interesting to me to see the different cultures within the same language. Angie is from Columbia so she speaks Spanish as her first language. Within our swim team there are two different cultures within the Spanish speaking teammates, they are from Spain and Bogota, Columbia. All four of our teammates including Angie that are from Columbia have their own little subculture here....   [tags: Spanish language, English language]

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History of the Spanish Language

- A language, much like a person, is molded over time by different experiences, and is influenced by the languages which surround it. History has taught us time and time again that all it takes is one action to change the course of a language. During the battle of Hastings, King Harold II was shot in the eye by the Norman invaders; resulting in the Norman-French language all but taking over English in the 11th century AD. This seemingly insignificant event would forever change the way that English is spoken....   [tags: history, official language]

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The Effects Of Language On Deaf Learners

- Exposure to language is very important during the first few years of life. For most hearing children, exposure to language starts at birth. Children who are born deaf may not have exposure right away. Because 90 percent of the Deaf children are born into hearing families with little knowledge of the Deaf world, many of these deaf children will not have early access to language. Although these children are unable to process an auditory mode of communication, used by most hearing people, they are able to process a visual mode of communication....   [tags: Sign language, Deaf culture]

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Modern Linguistics And Its Effects On Human Language

- As each new language that is studied reveals more exciting and unanticipated linguistic features, a shift away from the dominant view of language universality is gradually taking place. Evans and Levison (2009) suggest this generative position, which has pervaded modern linguistics since Chomsky’s proposal of Universal Grammar, be replaced by the functionalist position that heralds language variation as the key to natural human language. This change is concurrent with that of another more specific view that has also restricted linguistic theory for decades, stemming from Saussure’s principle of the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign....   [tags: Linguistics, Language, Language family]

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English As An International Language

- As English continues to grow as an international language, cultural concerns surrounding the standardization of the language also grow. Language is an independent vein of communication that varies from country to country. For example, Argentina and Cuba both name Spanish as a national language, but speech patterns and word connotations will vary between and within those countries. Certain aspects of an environment including socioeconomic status, quality of education, and the influence of popular culture and the media will contribute to these colloquialisms....   [tags: English language, Lingua franca, Second language]

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The Future Prediction of Human Language

- Introduction Linguistics classifies language as a mechanism that permits free and creative expression of feelings into signs, and the opposite interpretation of such signs back into feelings (Christiansen & Kirby, 2005). According to Becker, 2005, “human language is seen as the last key evolution in the development of life on earth (2)”. His idea is that biological changes in humans are as a result of forces of evolution implying that human language originated from certain sources, and that its characteristics derived from human genes....   [tags: Linguistic, Language Evolution]

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Acquisition of Language in Children

- Possessing a language is a quintessentially human trait, yet the acquisition of language in children is not perfectly understood. Most explanations involve the observation that children mimic what they hear and the assumption that human beings have a natural ability to understand grammar. Behaviorist B.F. Skinner originally proposed that language must be learned and cannot be a module. The mind consisted of sensorimotor abilities as well as laws of learning that govern gradual changes in an organism’s behavior (Skinner, B.F., 1957)....   [tags: Chomsky, Language Acquisition]

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The Second Language Instruction ( Sli )

- In second language instruction (SLI), the role of one’s first language (L1) is often questioned: is it helpful. Does the L1 hinder the progress of second language (L2) learners. This article will discuss the possible effects of L1 on the L2 of learners and how these effects manifest themselves in the classroom construct. I will be discussing Victoria Murphy’s 2004 study of native English-speakers and ESL learners and their strategies for determining how to form the past tense of nonce English words....   [tags: Linguistics, Language acquisition]

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Computer Language : The Inner Workings Of Computers

- Programming languages are the inner workings of computers, enabling them to accomplish all the amazing things they do today. From the apps on a phone, to the video games on a desktop, and even the operation of microwaves, computers are a major part of our everyday lives. Their languages are separated into five generations determined mostly by a specific radical innovation at the end of a time period that expands from the previous generation; however, these innovations are unique in that new generations don’t cause the previous generations to become obsolete....   [tags: Programming language, Computer]

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Second And Third Language Acquisition

- Second and third language acquisition are distinct processes which are strongly influenced by the similarity a known language has to the linguistic typology of the language being acquired. Research into multilingualism has shown that complex sociolinguistic and individual factors aside, the cognitive aspect of acquiring an additional language is facilitated by increased metalinguistic awareness and learning experience. Therefore, this essay argues that in a majority of cases trilingualism is easier to accomplish than bilingualism....   [tags: Linguistics, Second language, Multilingualism]

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Study Arabic as a Second Language

- ... In the beginning of the interview, Brian explained why he studies Arabic by telling his experience in the Middle East in the US military. He found the aspects of Arabic are entirely different from other languages he knew, for example, English and German. The language and the culture are inseparable, and it is difficult to learn Arabic without understanding the culture; therefore, he decided to study Arabic because, "You learn two things at once." However, Jim, who is energetic and speaking fast, has not been to Arab world, but he attended military college for one year and left it for a personal reason....   [tags: language, culture, interview, experience]

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English As A Global Language

- Introduction The Story of English is a video production series produced in 1986, by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions and the BBC as well a grant given by General foods. The series were written by Robert MacNeil, Robert McCrum and William Cran. The Story of English showcases the journey, and progression of English as a global language through different eras of time and countries. English is a living organism that has alter and adapted itself to fit the mold and needs of the society it possess. The needs of a common language among different languages and people has created the needs of both pidgins and creoles....   [tags: English language, Lingua franca, Creole language]

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Language Is A Complex Tool Used By Humans

- INTRODUCTION Language is a complex tool used by humans to convey meaning, express emotion and pass down information, it is a multi-faceted entity that is found in many forms. Language does not just mean the spoken language used in everyday life to express intent, ask questions, identify objects and convey feelings, but includes body language, such as facial expression and hand gestures, and written language. Body language is used both consciously and unconsciously to express emotion and feeling without speaking and can be combined with oral language to enhance or change meaning....   [tags: English language, Language, Dialect, Linguistics]

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The Language Conflict of Norway

- In the middle of the 19th century when Norway, needed to have a new written language of it’s own, after being under Danish rule. The process of getting this new Norwegian written language, was not straightforward, as not one way of doing was agreed on. There were two rivaling ways of getting the new Norwegian written language. One was to adopt a newly created language based upon the older dialects, that reassembled old norse the most. This approach was founded by Ivar Aasen. The other approach was to use the dano-norwegian that a lot of people already used, and standardize it a gradually changing the danish words into Norwegian....   [tags: dialects, language, theories]

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English Is A Second Language

- Language is a rudimentary device used to convey emotions through a complex communication that is used daily. Many people do not take the time to analyze it nor do they realize just how important it can be. Language, especially english, was something that was challenging for me at first but once I got the hang of it, I was expressing myself in ways I did not previously acknowledge. English is a second language for me, Serbian being the first. I felt well cultured having known more than a single language fluently....   [tags: English language, Dialect, Vowel, Second language]

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Benefits Of Learning A New Language

- The benefits of learning a new language Learning a second language takes a lot of effort and time. But once you do, it brings many benefits and opportunities for you. Some researchers have shown that is easier for children to learn a second language (SHERRILL, 2014). However, it does not mean that adults can’t learn it. On the contrary, there are many adults who start learning a new language during adulthood. The first benefit is that you will have better jobs prospective. Companies are looking for qualified employees, and people who can speak another language are one step ahead from those people who can’t speak another language....   [tags: Second language, Multilingualism, Linguistics]

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Teaching English As A Foreign Language

- Teachers must learn to implement many skills and techniques to effectively teach English as a foreign language. Many educators have different opinions about which methods and approaches are most effective when teaching English as a foreign language. John Rassias, an American professor who developed a new method for the teaching of foreign languages, is an individual I greatly admire as he implements a theatrical and immersive approach to teaching English as a foreign language. He explains that to teach English effectively as a foreign language, one must understand the culture and language of the country whose language is being studied....   [tags: Education, Second language]

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The Between English And Spanish Language

- Method Participants. The participants were 2, 4 year old Spanish-English bilingual children. Participants were selected due to the access to this population and met the following criteria: The children has been exposed to Spanish or English from birth and the children were sufficiently proficient to be tested in English in Spanish. The male participant was born in the U.S and he has been exposed to English in schooling and Spanish and Home. At the moment of this study he was attending day care in English language 8 hours per day....   [tags: Spanish language, English language, United States]

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Using Mock Language Yourself?

- Getting back to my interview The 2nd question I asked was do you ever find yourself using mock language yourself. To which interviewee number one replied “Not often” and interviewee number 2 replied, yes. And the 3rd interviewee replied “I have but not often” The next question I then asked was has mock Spanish ever been used against you. To which alias number 1 replied “Yes, unfortunately”. And alias number 2 replied no while alias number 3 said “no it hasn’t”  The 3rd group of questions I then asked was related to English being spoken in an area where Spanish is dominate....   [tags: Spanish language, English language, Interview]

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Language Requirements Are A Waste Of Time, Money, And Resources

- Learning another language can be considered a waste of resources, unless fully embraced by the student, thus triggering one to question Americas need for this to be mandatory. In Winchester’s article “How America Can Maintain Its Edge” he references the need to learn other languages, while Caplan’s article “The Numbers Speak: Foreign Language Requirements Are a Waste of Time and Money” discusses why learning another language is a waste of time, money, and resources. The bigger issues seems to be not that learning another language is unimportant, but rather when it’s learned being essential to retaining and using it....   [tags: Language education, Language, Foreign language]

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The Signs Of American Sign Language

- Reduplication occurs when the motions of a sign are bother shortened and repeated. Reduplication is one of the components that can differentiate a noun from a verb, such as the sign for the verb sit which uses one motion, as compared the noun chair which uses the same motion repeated twice. Reduplications varies from repetition in that reduplication carries grammatical meaning while repetition is used for clarification or carries a non-meaningful motion. Reduplication in sign language generally consists of repetition of the entire sign to convey the full meaning of the sign, repeating only part of the sign is almost completely useless because the meaning of the sign is lost when the characte...   [tags: Sign language, American Sign Language, Question]

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The English Language

- The English language is not merely one particular type it forms into many accents and types of speaking. Depending on the environment, one is bred into. In the end, for me, it begins with Indo-European and moves on to American English towards Western in particular with its subtle dialect. There isn’t a lot to tell as far as background I’ve attempted some languages outside my social structure such as Spanish and French but never got very far in either. I stopped learning them after a certain period of time so I’m terribly out practice and would be unable to attempt them again....   [tags: English language, United States, Dialect]

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English As A Global Language

- Global Language English has become a unique language used globally, the communication between countries in English create the world to lean toward globalization. In our world today having a global language is essential for commenting among the centuries. A language can become a universal language only when it is relevant to the world activities such as communication between countries, trading across the world and culture. It plays a significant role in the life of every individual in the world, and it recognized by every country (Crystal, 2003....   [tags: English language, Lingua franca]

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Definition Of A Language Authority

- I believe that while we may identify people trying to rise to the challenge of being a “language authority”, no one can succeed in becoming one, as the responsibility that comes with that title is too great to assume by oneself. The only “authority” that drives the changes a language suffers is the entire body of everyday speakers, who unconsciously push it towards an innate model they have embedded in their minds. First of all, we should note that even though language is a tool we use to convey meaning and exchange ideas between members of the same community, everyone has a unique copy of this tool – what we call “common language” is actually a collection of mutually intelligible dialects...   [tags: Linguistics, Language, Noam Chomsky]

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English: The Most Important Language of Today

- Presently, English is the most wide spread language in terms of the number of countries that speak the language as a mother tongue or foreign language. Regardless of languages such as Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish having a great number of speakers, English dominates as a foreign language for many. A Newsweek Magazine article, written by John McWhorter, ranks English as the world’s international language today and states it is likely to remain this way in the future (McWhorter). Writer Dorie Clark for Forbes Magazine also supports this claim from an economic perspective, whereas English is seen as the global language of business as well (Clark)....   [tags: language, mother tongue, foreign language]

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Research Study On Dual Language Development

- The overall goals of this essay are to examine the factors that researchers have taken to test in relation to the dual language development from birth to 4 years. The essay will firstly establish the significance of the research study on dual language development, then identify factors examined in the research methodologies followed by notable developmental outcome related to those factors. The essay offers suggestions to parents and early childhood professionals to support positive dual language development during birth to 4 years of life....   [tags: Second language, Multilingualism, French language]

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The Language Of The Sea Islands

- Ebonics is not the only language of the African diaspora that preserved its Africanity. In addition to several African influenced creoles, the Gullah language of the Sea Islands is reflective of African spirituality and philosophy. The Gullah language developed among enslaved Africans along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, as well as the Sea Islands (Turner, 1). This region can be referred to as the Coast. In the early 18th century slaves from the West Indies, where resistance had grown common, as well as rebellious slaves from various colonies were being sent to the Coast....   [tags: Caribbean, Atlantic slave trade, English language]

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Global Dominance of the English Language

- Global Dominance of the English Language In the year 2014, the language that is most spoken around the world is English. There are currently 1.5 billion people that speak English as their first language, second language or as a foreign language. The English language has had a great impact on the world as a whole. English is still the dominant language that is spoken throughout the world. Although the language has evolved over time and changed in many ways it has still stuck around and became a language that was spread throughout the world....   [tags: history, most spoken language]

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Language Immersion Is The Most Effective Pedagogical Approach

- Contrary to popular belief, the United States does not have an official language. Although English is the de facto language of the United States, the Constitution makes "no reference to choice of a national language" (Heath, 1995, p.179). The Constitution 's inherent tolerance of foreign languages, along with mass immigration, has enriched the linguistic diversity of the United States. Not surprisingly, this diversity has also made multilingual education an important component of American education—most American high schools and universities require students to learn a foreign language....   [tags: Language, Language education, Linguistics]

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Language Is The Way People Communicate

- Language was and still is the way people communicate. Language has developed by the evolving culture of people and social conventions. As the capacity of humans continues to evolve, so does the transformation of language into new specialised varieties of using it (Gee & Hayes, 2011). Although cultural and social conventions continue to change and carry out the ideologies of individuals and develop these specialised varieties such as the language of medicine, law and physics, there are different types of ways to use language (Caruso, 1997, p.19)....   [tags: Communication, Language, Linguistics]

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The, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Mayan, And Spanish Language

- One who is hard of hearing might only be able to communicate through sign language. What becomes of them if no one near can understand them. This demonstrates the importance of knowing multiple languages whether it is Sign Language, Spanish, French, Dutch, Mayan, or any other translation of words. Language is a fundamental component of any interpersonal relationship. Cultures throughout history have crumbled as a result of language barriers, leaving only artifacts and records to tell their story....   [tags: Second language, Language, Multilingualism]

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Thesis Statement : American Sign Language

- THESIS STATEMENT (central idea + preview statement): American Sign Language didn’t begin until 1814 which is fairly new language compared to modern languages such as English, Spanish, and French. ASL started when deaf education was first introduced in America. In this speech, we will be discussing the following: where, when, and why did ASL started, the history of Martha’s Vineyard, evolution of ASL, recognition of ASL as a real language. ORGANIZATIONAL PATTERN: Chronological Order INTRODUCTION ATTENTION STATEMENT: “For almost three centuries, due to an inbred recessive gene, the population of Martha 's Vineyard had an unusual proportion of profoundly deaf people....   [tags: Sign language, American Sign Language]

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Advantages Of A Foreign Language

- The product of two years of a foreign language class in high school graduates, is less than one student who graduates, fluent in the language they studied (Caplan). Being bilingual has proven to show many advantages that don’t only improve a students educationally life but also how shaped and cultured the person can be in every day life. It has also been proven to show a slower unset of some diseases. It can also strengthen the mind making one able to think more efficiently. If bilingualism is proven to show advantages the school district, parents of students, and students themselves should care about the advantages that bilingualism holds....   [tags: Multilingualism, Second language]

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Language As A System Of Communication

- Language was a creation of humans as a system of communication. since it would constantly evolving and changing through time. Therefore, language has become very adaptive and flexible. Despite the fact that Language has multiple functions, they all serve one purpose. To make the expression of one’s idea, thought and feeling. Specifically, language has four functions. They are expressive, informative, directive and survival key. The first use of language is defined as expressive, it allows people to express how they feel....   [tags: Language, Communication, Human, Feeling]

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Learning A Second Language Acquisition

- Second Language Acquisition As globalization become more embedded in daily life, second language acquisition is considered as a necessary for people to be more engaged in the modern society. However, learning a second language is not an easy task. In order to acquire a second language in a more effective way, issues concerning the role of consciousness in foreign language learning have been raised. While there are general debates about the best way of learning a second language, I will advocate for the position that unconscious learning is taking place as a significant portion of second language acquisition....   [tags: Language acquisition, Linguistics]

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Foreign Language at a Younger Age

- Foreign Language at a Younger Age (Lariat) Imagine you are sitting in a classroom full of people who are bilingual, but you are the only one who cannot speak another language except your own. What do you do. Are you going to try and communicate. Or wonder why you did not take the foreign language classes that might have been available to you during your earlier years of education. The key words here are, “might have been available.” Some schools may not have foreign language added to their curriculum, but it should be added because it would be an excellent opportunity for students to be better educated....   [tags: language acquisition, bilingualism]

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Thinking, Language, and Intelligence

- Thought Paper Chapter 9: Thinking, Language and Intelligence was very interesting to me. It goes over the basics that make humans, human. How we communicate with others, solving our problems in life, creating controversy over our opinions, teaching others our mistakes and finding that people can be more than you find them to be. Thinking is such a strange concept to me, I think about writing a paper and I have endless possibilities of what I could write. I find it amazing that we are compared to computers, when our brains are way more powerful than the fastest computer....   [tags: thought, intelligence, language]

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Qualities of Successful Language Learners

- QUALITIES OF SUCCESSFUL LANGUAGE LEARNERS Qualities of a successful language learner’s Age: Age variation in English learning and learning differences between children and adults are significant factors that must be taken into account in choosing the right approaches, design and procedures. In the survey it has been found that those respondents who had some exposure to English language in their childhood managed to acquire good communication skills. Infants are born as universal receivers of all language sounds, but this ability slowly disappears, as they grow old....   [tags: communication, foreign language]

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Interpretation And Language Of The Asylum Seekers

- SUMMARY Reflection (Choose a quote or series of quotes and respond. Locate your reflection in evidence and LANGUAGE not in feelings) Asylum seekers flee their homes for various reasons and are scrutinized when applying for refuge. LADO examines potential refugees and their language use to measure their credibility. However, this does not take into account folk linguistic views as a determiner. Many individuals have subconsciously used folk linguistics. They carry their own notions and implement them into language use....   [tags: Language, Linguistics, Semiotics, Refugee]

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English As A Second Language ( Esl )

- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). English as a Second Language (ESL). Limited English Proficiency (LEP). English Language Learners (ELL). All of these are programs for students who did not learn English as their first language. Every day, students face many different challenges while going to school. Some struggle to grasp the concepts of math. Some struggle to manage their time wisely. Many struggle to get up in the morning. Many also struggle to fit in. But many of these struggles would be a little easier for those who have learned English as their first language....   [tags: Teaching English as a foreign language]

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- Over half a century ago, Albert Einstein invented the theory of relativity. He developed this theory to explain apparent conflicts between the laws of relativity and the law of gravity. To resolve these conflicts, he developed an entirely new approach to the concept of gravity, based on the principle of equivalence. Many people wondered how he could even think up such a great theory and produce a formula like that. That is why most people call Einstein "The Genius." What is genius. Is it a salutation for people who invent something new....   [tags: Languages]

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The Cultural Aspect Of Language Acquisition

- A multitude of other factors, besides those neurological or otherwise biological in origin affect second language acquisition (Baker). We have already established that second language acquisition is influenced by the age of the learner; children, who have a literate foundation in their maternal tongue, often seem to be in the best position to successfully acquire a second language. Driven, adult learners can be very successful too, but frequently have issues achieving “native” speaker quality equivalent pronunciation and intonation....   [tags: Linguistics, Second language acquisition]

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Language Learning And The Teachers Who Teach

- Language Learning and the Teachers who Teach Learning a second language can be an exciting and beneficial experience for many, however, for some, it can be frustrating and seen as a waste of time, especially if you struggle in your first language. Like Yvonne’s story in Between Worlds, I can relate to her experiences as a student, as a teacher, and the experiences of her students as well. Her student experiences were somewhat similar to mine and left me wanting to learn more about Spanish, however, I had little ability to explore in the way she did....   [tags: Education, English language, Second language]

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The English Language Learner

- With the advent of migration we are becoming a society of multiple cultures and languages. With their parents migration children who do not speak English are moved from their home and place in the English dominated school system where many teacher only speak English. There are also student who were born in this country but their home language is not English by virtue of their family not being fluent in English or their parents want to ensure that their children learn their home language, so for these children born in and English speaking society, English is also their second language....   [tags: English language, United Kingdom, Second language]

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Language Is More Violent Than War?

- The variety of language is something many cultures have, some say, having a second language opens up doors, but the hardship you go through makes you think otherwise. As a person who is bilingual like myself there could be a lot of pros and cons, but in this story by Gloria Anzaldua that’s what helped her shape her personal identity. It not only does that amount your power, but brings shame through your journey into fitting into society. In How to Tame a Wild Tongue, a quote that made me think why are Latinos ashamed to speak in Spanish....   [tags: Language, Second language, El Salvador]

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Voices Of The World : The Extinction Of Language And Linguistic Diversity

- For this summary I watched a video called Voices of the World: The Extinction of Language and Linguistic Diversity. The video starts off with how people believe that there are about 6, 000 languages. David Crystal talks about how with all these different languages half of them are endangered of becoming extinct. Each different language offers a different point of view of the world and culture. He said that if different languages are lost then “we lose the meaning what is it to be human.” Then the video moves on to Australia and that this country has lost “95% of their linguistic heritage.” The video brings in Peter K....   [tags: Linguistics, Language, Spanish language, Dialect]

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The Importance Of A Good Language?

- Many of us are searching for methods that would help to improve English, because we understand that the language says a lot about a person, and thus will be an indicator of education and character. Competent speech is a clear indicator of how diligent people, as far as he respects himself and others, as far as he is intelligent. Good language plays a very important role when we want to get a job, go to our friends and family. Grammar and vocabulary are the most important part of English language....   [tags: Linguistics, Grammar, Sentence, Language]

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Programming Language And Procedural Programming

- One of the major paradigms in programming language is Object Oriented programming. In modern software engineering object oriented programming is considered as the major concept, as it allows the programmer to facilitate clean and efficient code. Apart from this, the design patterns of object oriented programming suits well with most of the computing issues. Object oriented programming produces well organized code and also focuses on determinant of productivity. In this report we will discuss and compare objected oriented programming language and procedural programming language along with the genesis of OOP....   [tags: Object-oriented programming, Programming language]

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The Journey Of Language Learning

- The journey of language learning is one of challenge, risk, and reward. Students embarking on such an adventure must be lead by a language teacher who can guide them toward communicative competence and fluency in the target language. The language teacher must also possess a well-packed tool kit of language standards, understanding of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, know how to properly assess the language learning process, and sharpen the student’s own motivation. Engaging with Learner Motivations The first task of a language teacher is to unlock the motivations of the students....   [tags: Linguistics, Language acquisition]

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Second Language Learning And Learner Variables

- After reading the material we have been given about second language learning and learner variables, I’ve come to the conclusion that teaching a foreign language is very complex. It’s clear, however, that some factors and learner differences are more influential than others, and that I, as a teacher, can have an influence on most of them. In my mind, one of the most important variables is the willingness of a learner. Learners cannot learn anything without willingness although there are many supportive elements are surrounding the learners....   [tags: Language acquisition, Second language acquisition]

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English As A Foreign Language

- 1. Introduction In the essay, I set the English as a foreign language (EFL) context with a group of Chinese middle school students aged from fifteen to eighteen who mostly have an intermediate level of English proficiency. The majority of these students maintain passive attitudes towards language education, reflecting an unwillingness of acquiring English knowledge. The reason why they study like 'puppets ' throughout the learning process is mainly the pressure from the Chinese society. In general, english is often assessed via a set of tests, particularly in middle schools (Li Xiaoju, 1984)....   [tags: Teaching English as a foreign language]

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How Language Continues to Change

- Language, like anything else, is in a state of continuous change. Language change takes place when a generation of speakers produces linguistic expressions that differ from previous generations of speakers. With every generation, words are borrowed from other languages, new words are invented, meanings of words change, and pronunciation of some words is altered. The process of language change might be slow or fast. However, as changes accumulate over time, the old and new language will extremely vary....   [tags: language, change, generation, typologies]

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Language Develpment in Children

- First language acquisition is a product of active, repetitive, and complex learning and it is essential that adult caregivers be active participants in the learning process. Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire the capacity to perceive and comprehend language, as well as to produce and use words and sentences to communicate. Although there are many differences in parent-child interaction patterns around the world, virtually all normally developing children become language users at the same rate....   [tags: first language acquisition]

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The English Language Learners

- learning strategies, which were used for illiterate 15 refugee students (in Sudanese language), two adult students from CCAE (the Cambridge Center for Adult Education) and four teenage students from Orara High School. The researcher hypothesized Sangster`s assumption (2001) that the use of the traditional methods in teaching such as print based materials are not suitable and effective in ESL literacy classes. Dawn (2001) pointed to the fact that English language learners view the teacher as an “unquestioned expert” and that teachers should help students to learn English in anew way....   [tags: Teaching English as a foreign language]

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Language and Social Identities

- ... Culture and identity gives the essential impulse to launch learning the L2 and later the main thrust to manage the long and regularly dull taking in methodology; surely, the various elements included in L2 procurement presuppose inspiration to some degree. Without sufficient inspiration, even people with the most surprising capacities can't achieve long haul objectives, and not, one or the other are fitting curricula and great showing enough on their own to guarantee understudy accomplishment....   [tags: culture, foreign language]

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Language Acquisition

- Language is perceived as the way humans communicate through the use of spoken words, it involves particular system and styles in which we interact with one another (Oxford 2009). Possessing this ability to communicate through the use of language is thought to be a quintessential human trait (Pinker 2000). Learning a language, know as language acquisition, is something that every child does successfully within a few years. Language acquisition is in itself the development by which humans acquire the ability to perceive, produce and use words to understand and communicate....   [tags: Language Acquisition]

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Studying Language Acquisition

- Language is a sparingly important part of life. When we communicate with other people, only not empower us to understand one another, but facilitates in building relationships and permitting us to communicate our problems, ideas, projects, or anything related to our daily life. Language is an essential part of everyday life. One of the queries that as humans we have are how did we learn to speak and how do we know what to say and when to say certain things. Acquiring language and using language is an amazing faculty we, as individuals, have....   [tags: learning to speak a second language]

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Non Verbal Language

- A gesture can go a long way and mean a lot of things, but it is up to the person who interprets these gestures to truly define them. These interpretations go along way and apply for all non-verbal language such body language, eye contact, noises, sign language, and body contact. Not only do these interpretations rely on the person but also vary because of the different cultures around the world. Although the opposition might argue that non-verbal language is the same across the world because it is essentially composed of the same actions, in reality it is different because there are various interpretations of the actions....   [tags: Nonverbal communication, Sign language]

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Learnability of a Language

- Learnability of a Language I. A child must achieve competence with an infinite language based on a finite number of heard sentences. This is the essence of Noam Chomsky's "poverty of the stimulus" argument. As originally presented, it made a case for nativism, forcing empiricist theories to explain how such competence is achievable. In Stephen Pinker's Language Learnability and Language Development, he uses learnability both as a challenge to theories of language acquisition, and as a heuristic for evaluating them....   [tags: Foreign Language Education Essays]

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- The three key ideas that I have explored during my on-line and discussions are: firstly the importance of maintaining of Te reo Māori in New Zealand. Secondly, the role of teachers in maintaining Te Reo Māori in centres and finally I realised the need to acquire second language. Fishman (1996) point out that to lose a language means to lose a culture. Base on this point, I strongly agree that regeneration and maintenance of Māori language is the most imperative action that we should take. Te Kohanga Reo was developed in response to Māori concern ensuring the continuing survival of the Maori language....   [tags: Communication, Māori Language ]

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The Publicity of Thought and Language

- I try to clarify the ways in which one would seek to hold that language and/or thought are public. For each of these theses, I distinguish four forms in which they can be framed, and two ways of establishing them. The first will try to make the publicity of thought follow from that of language; the second will try to make the publicity of language follow from that of thought. I show that none of these strategies can do without the thesis that language and thought are interdependent, and that even while admitting this thesis, the second strategy presents more difficulties than the first....   [tags: Philosophy of Language]

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The Effects of Bilingualism on Language Development

- The effects of bilingualism on language development in children are examined. Theories suggest that bilingual children are able to learn a second language after the first is mastered. One of the reasons behind this is that the child has already developed the nonverbal concept of the word (because the child is already using it in the primary language), so only the verbal concept must be constructed. It has been shown that balanced bilinguals are more cognitively and linguistically flexible. However, unbalanced bilinguals generally show mixed results....   [tags: Language Development Essays]

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The Unfettered Language

- The Unfettered Language In advancing through the stages of one’s life, one also advances through different levels and styles of speaking. One’s personal style of language is adapted to fit these distinct periods of life. In citing a language and using words that others are unfamiliar with, many can be left in a state of confusion. Over time there have been many styles of language that we find difficult to understand and relate to. In Keywords, Raymond Williams is able to take a certain language or group of words and show the reader the different forms of the word/language by giving examples and background, thus clarifying some of the confusion that new languages and words can have....   [tags: Speaking Language Essays]

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Language Use in Family and in Society

- Language Use in Family and in Society The magazine article “Language Use in Family and in Society,” published in the September 1999 issue of English Journal, written by Lee Thomas and Linh Cao, shows how language use can affect a family and the society. Both authors came together to write an article dealing with language in the home and in society, trying to reach a specific audience and purpose. The structure used was of both of the author’s styles and both authors used rhetorical appeals....   [tags: Language Communication Essays]

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The Spanish Language

- The Spanish Language I grew up in a Hispanic country where Spanish is the official language. I think Spanish is one of the most wonderful languages in the world. It allows you to express your deepest feelings in the most beautiful way, specially when we talk about love. There is nothing more beautiful than hearing a love declaration when the one making it is using the Spanish language. Even if you are not one of those people for who talking beautifully is natural, you could still do a pretty good job if you just put a little bit of effort on into it....   [tags: Language Culture Essays]

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The Importance of Foreign Language Education

- The Importance of Foreign Language Education The main goal of learning a new language is to be able to communicate in that language. The ERIC database’s thesaurus defines language proficiency as the capacity of a person to accurately and fluently communicate using language (Language Proficiency, 2004). While gaining this ability is a main reason for studying a foreign language, there are many other reasons why everyone should take the time to do so. Occupational, cultural and developmental benefits are some of the most prominent ones to be had....   [tags: Foreign Language Communication Essays]

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English as the Spoken Language in America

- English as the Spoken Language in America In the beginning, this country was a melting pot. Many different people, from many different countries and ethnic groups, speaking in many different tongues came to America. English arose as the predominant language of the United States. Over time, people realized the importance of staying in touch with their cultural backgrounds, including the language of their native countries. The main problem presented now lies in communication and interaction with each other....   [tags: English Language Communication Essays]

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Code Switching in Language Acquisition

- Code Switching in Language Acquisition The acquisition of English as a non-native language proves quite problematic for some individuals. Because English was developed using modifications and borrowed words from scores of fundamentally different languages, it would seem to be a language which most peoples of the world could easily acquire. There should always be something about the language and structure that reflects an individual’s native tongue – whether it be phonology, syntax, or semantics....   [tags: English Language Essays]

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The Psychology of Learning a Foreign Language

- If you want to learn English, the classroom is not the best place to pick up the language. Think about when children are learning how to talk. Typically the parents or guardians of the child teach this by acquisition. James Paul Gee defines acquisition in his short story “What is Literacy” as “…a process of acquiring something subconsciously by exposure to models and a process of trial and error, without a process of formal teaching. It happens in natural settings which are meaningful and functional in the sense that the acquirer knows that he need to acquire the thing he is exposed to in order to function and the acquirer in fact want to so function....   [tags: Communication Foreign Language Learning ]

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The Language Barrier for Puerto Ricans

- The Language Barrier for Puerto Ricans "Pollito, Chicken Gallina, Hen Lapiz, Pencil y Pluma, Pen. Ventana, Window Puerta, Door Maestra, Teacher y Piso, Floor I sing in English, I sing in Spanish, so all my friends can understand." The issue of language is central to the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Living in a land where the dominant language is English, this Spanish speaking population is involved in a historical struggle to overcome the language barrier. Among other things, their unfamiliarity with the English language has been a major obstacle to the progression of the Puerto Rican people as a whole....   [tags: Caribbean History Language Essays]

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Moving Beyond the Language Barrier

- Nobody’s born with the language they speak today. Everyone is born with a clean tongue that is transformed to make sounds and words that are native to their homeland and people they were raised by. Language can’t be described as a trait, like the color of your skin or the width of your shoulders. When society discriminates against individuals that speak differently, they are judging them based on how they were raised and how they were taught to speak, people don’t see them as just a person that didn’t have a choice of how they wanted to communicate, and conformed to fit into a puzzle of a whole area of people that sound the same way....   [tags: Language In Our Culture]

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Learning a New Language

- Learning a New Language Language is a matter that touches many American cultures. Cultures thrive on their languages and customs to define the people they are. However, second languages can divide not only people of a specific group but also members of a particular family. Several writers address the unvarying difficulty of learning a second language in America. Many rhetorical devices are used to sustain their assertions and to shape the reader. An Asian-American author speaks about multilingualism in American today....   [tags: Language Communication Cultural Essays]

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World Language Policy

- Globalization, Localization, and Language Choice In Britain they used to call a barometer a ?glass.. One would visit the ?glass. in the morning in order to get a sense of what the weather would be for the day. It was of course a rather chancy business, not least because on the average day in Britain you have a little of everything anyway. The poet Louis MacNeice caught the sentiment in a wellknown poem about impending doom: The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall for ever, But if you break the bloody glass you won?t hold up the weather....   [tags: Globalization Localization Language Choice]

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