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The Sanako Study range of language laboratories can benefit teaching languages for your and learning for your students!

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Holliston, MA Public Schools:

No other digital environment provides students with the just-in-time learning opportunities afforded by a Sanako language lab in which they may perform both formative and summative assessment measures.
- Terry Caccavale, K-12 Foreign Language Specialist
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Now on Sanako's Tea and Teaching blog - six types of assessment of learning! 

How do you test your pupils and students? Do you believe in testing at all?

We discuss the benefits of testing in language learning!
I recently attended the AULC conference for University Language Teachers at Cambridge University. The keynote presentation was extremely interesting, delivered by Dr Matt Davis – a research consultant at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit of Cambridge University. Dr Davis… Read More »
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Are you interested in training to help further your language teaching and get inspiration for your language lessons?

Whether you teach English, German, French, Spanish, Elvish or Klingon, you can attend the FREE CPD event at Tonbridge School, Kent on 26th February 2015.

To register your interest or to request an agenda, please email

sylvie.hall@sanako.com
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Not enough room for a Language Lab? Here’s a solution!

Check out the innovative way Altrincham Grammar School for Boys tackled their space and time-tabling issues with these PC desks!

The computer monitors are mounted within a normal, flat, classroom desk. You simply push down for them to slowly rise and reveal themselves.

The keyboard and mouse are also neatly stored within the desk, with the Sanako headsets plugged into the USB socket at the computer underneath.
Language lessons using the Language Lab can now take place easily, at any time, without the worry of booking certain rooms!
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New on Tea and Teaching - Film classifications and your language lessons. Are all foreign language films appropriate for your language class?

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#languages   #langchat   #languageteaching   #filmclassification  
With the recent classification of 50 shades of Grey as PG-12 in France, it begs the question of how suitable foreign films are for language lessons?
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Endangered Global Languages are a problem we are facing today more than ever. But what can we do to save them?

Read more on Tea and Teaching - the blog for language teachers from Sanako
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 The Sanako Lab 100 is an effective digital language laboratory that does not require PCs or a computer classroom!

Find out more at www.sanako.com
An easy-to-use and effective digital language teaching solution that can be installed in small space – without a dedicated computer classroom.
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New from Tea and Teaching - Do you need Language Teaching resources? 
Whatever language you teach, find great content, inspiration and ideas on The LanguagePoint.
The LanguagePoint is an online repository for language teaching resources. If you need inspiration for your language teaching, look no further!
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Why use a language lab in language teaching?
In an average foreign-language class, all students combined speak only 23,5% of the class time (DESI 2006, pg. 48-49).
In a 45-minute long class 23,5% equals approximately 10 ½ minutes. As this number is the speaking time of all students put together, the time each student gets to practice speaking becomes less as class size is increased.
How much speaking practice each student gets during a 45-minute foreign-language class, depending on class size:

10 student class
30 student class
Traditional classroom
~1 minute
~21 seconds
Classroom with language lab
~11 minutes*
~11 minutes*
With a language lab, all students in the class can speak simultaneously without distracting each other regardless of the class size. Without a language lab, in a class of more than 10 students, each student gets less than one minute of speaking practice.
*Note: actual speaking time per student can be considerably higher depending on what type of exercises teacher conducts.
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Vanderplank, Robert; 2009; Deja vu? A decade of research on language laboratories, television and video in language learning; Cambridge University Press
DESI; 2006; German Institute for International Educational Research
Davies, Graham; Bangs, Paul; Frisby, Roger; Walton, Elizabeth. 2005. Setting up effective digital language laboratories and multimedia ICT suites for MFL. CILT, The National Centre for Languages and the Association for Language Learning
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How to try flipped learning in a language lesson - new blog post by Marie O'Sullivan on Sanako's Tea and Teaching.

Understand flipped learning and useful tips for integrating this teaching methods in your language lessons.
Flipped learning has many benefits for language teaching that can improve student performance. Use your language lab for a flipped learning lesson plan.
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Does economic success drive languages into extinction?


I recently read an article which discussed the research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, stating that minority languages in many countries around the world including North America, Europe and Australia are facing extinction because of the advanced economic development in these areas.
Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge and a lead author for the research said:
“World languages are now rapidly being lost. This is a very serious situation.
“We wanted to know how the extinction is distributed globally and what are the main drivers of this.”
Dr Amano, who usually looks at extinction rates in animals, wanted to understand why minority languages were on the decline and discovered that around 25% of languages from all over the world were under threat.
In fact, the researchers found that the more successful a country was economically, the more rapidly its minority languages were being lost.
Dr Amano said: “As economies develop, one language often comes to dominate a nation’s political and educational spheres.
“People are forced to adopt the dominant language or risk being left out in the cold – economically and politically.”
 
Is it possible to address the decline of minority languages in economically developing countries or do you think this is a natural evolution of language in our modern world?
 
While you ponder this question, you may like to enjoy a relaxing peppermint tea – great for your digestive system (and digesting tricky subjects such as this!)
For a real international twist, serve it Moroccan style in a silver tea pot and drink with sugar from a small, embellished glass cup.
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We believe that language learning in the future will not be limited by devices or places.That is why we are transforming from a language lab vendor to a provider of best tools for language skills development. These tools are not tied to a lab or classroom environment and can be used anywhere, any time.Why Sanako?
  • Long experience of education markets.
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  • Closeness to customers and user consulting have helped us to develop intuitive and easy-to-use products – hence a motivational and inspirational learning environment.
  • Any school or government can find a solution for their specific need from our product range – inside and outside the classroom: HW, SW and cloud computing solutions.
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