Smartphones, Tablets & Subtitles for Language Learning

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NY program uses phone calls, text messages to teach English by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press, 30 Nov. 2015.

Using basic phone technology, New York state has created lessons for English language learners that are flexible and free.

Tablet use can benefit bilingual preschoolers by Elin Bäckström at Phys.org, 10 Nov. 2015.

The author reports on the result of a study done in Sweden that shows the value of tablets as teaching tools for preschoolers whose first language is not Swedish.

Spain considers ban on dubbing in bid to boost English language skills in The Local, 4 Dec. 2015.

Spain’s Popular Party wants to eliminate dubbing of TV shows and movies and retain original sound-tracks with subtitles in an effort to boost English language learning.

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  1. Lynn, your catch underscores the highly digital world our kids live in. For Christmas, I gave each of my grandsons a Kidizoom action cam/smart watch set. They’re 5-7 years old, and the “toys” are geared for ages 4+. But these are actually much more than toys. The cam is similar to a GoPro and can be attached to a bike handlebar or skateboard and can even shoot underwater. The smartwatch also takes photos and videos. They’re easy to use and kids quickly figure it out on their own via play. Like real cams, the videos and images can be uploaded to computers and sites like YouTube. I wonder how schools and colleges will adjust to these 21st century kids . . .

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