All posts by David Hagstrom

[Language] Pod 101

Product:  [Language] Pod101 Overall Ranking:  85/100 Price:  Basic $8/mo; Premium $25/mo; PremiumPlus $47 — Discounts Available (see below) Owners:  InnovativeLanguage.com Website:  [Language]Pod101.com INTRODUCTION Innovative Language now offers their flagship program [Language — Insert here your language of choice! ] Pod101 in 34 languages, including: Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, … Continue reading [Language] Pod 101

Languages

WHAT ARE THE BEST ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES?

More and more frequently in the United States, we see both English and Spanish directions in places we encounter every day.  We see both languages (and sometimes more) on ATM machines, airport signs, store packaging, restroom signs, menus, and in product instruction manuals. An Important Cultural Shift This is but one sign of an important … Continue reading WHAT ARE THE BEST ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday: Great News for Language Learners!

There are some great deals coming for language learners everywhere. But watch the fine print (effective days and offer codes) to be sure you don’t miss out.  Here are three great deals! First, Rocket Languages recently launched their new version, Rocket Languages 2017, with several major improvements (see my full Rocket Languages review for details).  Rocket … Continue reading Black Friday/Cyber Monday: Great News for Language Learners!

ROCKET LANGUAGES — REVIEW

Product:  Rocket Spanish Overall Ranking:  98/100 Price:  $149.95 per level (3 levels) Owners:  Rocket Languages Website:  www.rocketlanguages.com INTRODUCTION Rocket Languages offers courses in Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi, as well as English and Sign Language.  While this review is based on my own study of Rocket Spanish, I … Continue reading ROCKET LANGUAGES — REVIEW

THREE “CAN’T MISS” OCTOBER SALES

The Pimsleur Method The Pimsleur method is one of our favorite language learning programs, especially if your best time for learning is during your daily commute or a long trip.  Just listen and repeat, respond, or answer the question.  It’s interactive and gets you actually speaking the language.  The only downside to Pimsleur is the … Continue reading THREE “CAN’T MISS” OCTOBER SALES

Comprehensible Input

THEORY OF STEPHEN KRASHEN OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 2

In Part 1 of this article we addressed the Acquisition-Learning Hypothesis, the Natural Order Hypothesis, and the Monitor Hypothesis.  However, it is the final two hypotheses – the Input Hypothesis and the Affective Filter Hypothesis – which have the most practical application for both language acquisition and language teaching.  It is to these hypotheses that … Continue reading THEORY OF STEPHEN KRASHEN OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 2

Stephen Krashen, Linguist & Educator

KRASHEN’S THEORY OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 1

Current second language acquisition theory owes a great debt to the pioneering work of Stephen Krashen, a linguist, educational researcher, and professor emeritus at University of Southern California.  When Krashen proposed his 5 hypotheses in the early 1980s, they offered a new and radically different view of language acquisition.   While subsequent research has uncovered both strengths … Continue reading KRASHEN’S THEORY OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:  Part 1

Complete Language - Teach Yourself

COMPLETE LANGUAGE – From Teach Yourself

Product:  Complete [Language] Overall Ranking:  70/100 Price:       $49.95 Owners:   Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, UK Website:  www.teachyourself.com INTRODUCTION Complete  [Language] from Teach Yourself describes their general approach as the “Discovery Method.”  By presenting the form of the language in a systematic way, they intention is to help you discover and absorb how the language works rather … Continue reading COMPLETE LANGUAGE – From Teach Yourself