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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou Can learning a new language increase one's creativity? The idea of creativity is complex. According to "Human Motivation" by Robert Franken, creativity is defined as "the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others or entertaining ourselves or others." To be creative you need to see things from new
To learn a language (in this case English), you must master different language skills. To communicate effectively, you need to be able to speak, write, read and listen. Speaking and writing are productive language skills, this means that you have control over what you are saying or writing and the vocabulary you use. To do this, you use your active vocabulary. These are the words you know, and more importantly, know how to use in context! Reading and listening on the o
Most people still today mistakenly regard the arts and crafts of individual societies as their "culture." Arts and crafts reflect culture but they do not create it and they do not transmit it. You can view and collect Chinese artifacts or Eskimo artifacts all your life and you will not become fully conversant with the cultures that created them.
A READER'S RESPONSE: "It has been documented that the older one gets the more difficult it becomes to learn a foreign language." MY COMMENTS: Actually, there is no credible evidence to show that the older one becomes the more difficult it is to learn a foreign language. This belief is almost an urban myth and is not linguistically sound.
Language immersion is a program where a foreign language is used as the language of instruction in school. In partial language immersion, only 50-80% of a given school day is in a foreign language. In full language immersion programs and international study abroad programs, students eat, sleep, and breathe the language they are attempting to learn, and so the language is picked up much more quickly. The curriculum that the student follows will still be the sam
One of the questions most often asked by students learning English as a second language is, What's the best way to learn English? The answer to that question is simple.