28 A Balancing Act
Too much time studying or analyzing a language at your desk can easily distract you from learning through real-time communication out in the community. Is this your struggle? Hear how a linguist and Scripture translator intentionally tried to achieve a balance while learning a minority language in Ethiopia. Guest: Dr. Travis Williamson, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Moody Bible Institute
Gain sociolinguistic competence by speaking not only accurately but also appropriately in any given context. Examples and tips for observation and investigation will help you avoid painful mistakes. Guest: Dr. David Broersma, Professor of Linguistics and TESOL, Lee University
Don’t take technology entirely off your plate with an immersion-only mindset. Instead, choose nutritiously from a menu of various online options. Guest: Dr. Thor Sawin, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
If you understand what fluency really is and is not, you can then work toward actually achieving it in your language learning program. Guest: Dr. Natalie Mullen, Institute for Cross-Cultural Training, Wheaton College
Play to your advantage as a couple learning language by minimizing competition and maximizing individual strengths. Hear an upfront and personal story of mutual support and encouragement. Many elements apply to all language learners. Guests: Scarlett A-W., (MSc Global Development) and Jordan W., (M.S. Professional Counseling)
Attitudes can determine how you respond to the demands of language learning. What attitudes help? What attitudes
hinder? Guest: Karen Griffith, former Director of Second Language Acquisition at the Center for Intercultural Training
Wives and moms can step into the challenges that all language learners face by gaining perspective and enlisting strategies to build those all-important relationships. Guest: Jodi Bunn, M.A. Intercultural Studies
Is achieving a native-like accent a reasonable goal for L2 speakers? Mary Lynn suggests an alternative as a more attainable standard and highlights factors regarding accent you may not have previously considered. Host, Mary Lynn Kindberg (M.A. Linguistics)
20 Not Your Average Flashcard
Climb out of your vocabulary abyss with WordClimber, a new digital flashcard tool specifically designed to support language learning at all levels. A language learner himself, the creator behind WordClimber details how its unique features optimize your exposure to new words, facilitate timely review and strengthen motivation. Listeners receive a subscription discount. Guest: Peter Armstrong, web developer and Internet entrepreneur.
What was it like for the Kindberg family to intentionally stay with a Chilean family when they first arrived in the country? Mary Lynn and Patti, the daughter, each relate the story from their own cultural perspective and tell what resulted overall. Guest: Patti Fuentes, Santiago, Chile.