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<i>“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”</i>
Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate are “the dreadful words” inscribed at the gates of Hell, in Dante Alighieri’s ‘Inferno’ of his Divina Commedia . Teacher trainer Leni Dam doesn’t use these exact words, when discussing learners’ prospects at the gates ...

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Language learners and linguistic resourcefulness
Learning new languages can be a source
of unexpected pleasure. I don’t just mean the perhaps more familiar
prospects that making sense of the languages will make sense of
people and cultures that up to then had struck us as ‘odd’, or
allow us to acquire, fi...

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Nature, nurture, and linguistic giftedness
I met a Scandinavian couple the other
day, who had visited Portugal countless times. They waxed lyrical
about the country, its beauty, its history, its food, its people (I can, by the way, impartially confirm that their comments were spot
on), and told me t...

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Being multiscriptal: why our alphabets matter<br>=Guest post=
Photo credit: Matt Thorsen by Tim Brookes Before I started the Endangered Alphabets project , I thought of myself as being multilingual: good
French, decent German, solid Latin, tourist Spanish and Italian,
toasts in Russian and obscenities in half a dozen ...

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Switching languages, mixing languages – or <i>using</i> languages?
Many years ago, I went, as usual, to
fetch my children from Swedish Supply School , which met once a week after regular (English-medium) school in
Singapore, where our family lived. On that particular occasion, one
of the children was especially eager to st...

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Teaching languages through drama/theatre positively impacts oral fluency<br>=Guest post=
by Angelica Galante and Ron I. Thomson Do you speak another language? Many people who have heard this question don’t necessarily speak a
second language (L2) fluently. Learning to speak a new language is
challenging, but fluency in the L2 is a goal many peo...

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Multilinguals and creativity
Multilingualism is generally assumed to
entail creativity. This raises the very interesting issue of whether
becoming multilingual makes us become creative, and suggests the even
more interesting conclusion that most of the world’s population,
being multili...

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Attitudes to multilingualism – or to multilinguals?
“ The human understanding, once it
has adopted an opinion, collects any instances that confirm it, and
though the contrary instances may be more numerous and more weighty,
it either does not notice them or else rejects them, in order that
this opinion will ...

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Being multilingual in clinic
When we feel that we’re not feeling
quite like ourselves, we may choose to consult a specialist in
(un)well-being to find out what might be going on. Our decision will
draw on what feeling well has felt like to us, which is our baseline
for comparison. In o...

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Being multilingual in school
Schooling nurtures development of
academic ways of talking about things. This has come to be called
‘education’, in the sense that an ‘educated’ person is able
to use language in this way. Schooling teaches us how, why and with
whom our languages can be use...
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