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USING TECHNOLOGY TO ACQUIRE SPEAKING SKILLS MARIA GLORIA BORSA, BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL LOTE JOB ALIKE - AUGUST 21 ST 2013.

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1 USING TECHNOLOGY TO ACQUIRE SPEAKING SKILLS MARIA GLORIA BORSA, BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL LOTE JOB ALIKE - AUGUST 21 ST 2013

2 WHY DO WE NEED TO LEARN TO SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? Work Study Travel Fun To become smarter and stay healthy longer!

3 LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE CAN BOOST BRAIN POWER, SCIENTISTS BELIEVE. The US researchers from Northwestern University say bilingualism is a form of brain training - a mental "work out" that fine-tunes the mind. (The Guardian, May 12 th 2012)

4 LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE PROTECTS AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto recently tested about 450 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Half of these patients were bilingual, and half spoke only one language. While all the patients had similar levels of cognitive impairment, the researchers found that those who were bilingual had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's about four years later, on average, than those who spoke just one language. And the bilingual people reported their symptoms had begun about five years later than those who spoke only one language. "What we've been able to show is that in these patients… all of whom have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and are all at the same level of impairment, the bilinguals on average are four to five years older which means that they've been able to cope with the disease," Bialystok said.

5 DO WE NEED TECHNOLOGY TO TEACH A LANGUAGE?

6 SHOULD WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO TEACH A SECOND LANGUAGE?

7 WHAT RESOURCES CAN HELP OUR STUDENTS BECOME FLUENT IN A SECOND LANGUAGE? Browsers in the language (Google.es or.fr or.it) TV, radio websites Press websites Audacity You can find more at


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