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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Developing Adaptive Systems at Early Stages of Children's Foreign Language Development
Author: Ana Belen Cumbreño Espada
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Author: Alejandro Curado Fuentes
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Author: Eva Ma Dominguez Gomez
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Author: Mercedes Rico Garcia
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: None
Abstract: This paper describes the integration of hypermedia adaptive systems for foreign language learners at an early age. Our research project is concerned with exploring the relationship between language learning and information technology according to six different phases: a preliminary study of the plausible adaptive system; the development of lessons based on hypermedia and learners’ needs; the
examination of language learners’ profiles; the definition of an adapted interface; the integration of the systems in schools; and the evaluation of the use of such systems. While the last three stages are still under way, we have already
obtained some significant feedback from preliminary observation and approaches, which chiefly reveal the importance of accounting for interrelated factors at an early age, such as specific learning strategies, skills, and graphical design.


This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 18, Issue 1.

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