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
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.
Identify signs and sources of stress to help re-engage your language learning brain and implement coping strategies. Guest: Jeff Blake, Mission Training International (B.A. Linguistics, M.A. Counseling)
How do you choose which language(s) to learn in a multilingual context? If you understand the sociolinguistic dynamics of language choice by native speakers themselves, then you as a language learner can make informed decisions of which language(s) to target for what purpose. Guest: Dr. Steve Quakenbush, sociolinguist, SIL International
Why invest a lot of time in language study for just a short stint overseas? A nurse for two years in the Middle East attests to how her dedicated efforts to learn Arabic paid off in significant work roles and remarkable relationships. Guest: Juliana J. (B.S. Nursing)
Land on your feet in a country with early-on strategies, activities and decisions! Practical advice will help you navigate relationships and communication even with limited language. Guest Amy G. trained at the Center for Intercultural Training and is ESL certified.