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by s_allard
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Can one calculate comprehension?
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Can one calculate comprehension?

I regularly see contributors here give percentages for their level of comprehension of samples of their target language. Very often it's something like: I can understand about 95% of a certain television series. I've always wondered how people arrive at these figures and I've tried to reproduce them...
by s_allard
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 41
Views: 1361

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

As I follow the debate I'm not sure that the use of the term intensive listening means the same thing for everybody. In my opinion, intensive listening has two components: many repetitions and focused analysis of the linguistic content. The purpose of this is to improve the level of understanding - ...
by s_allard
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Idiomatic Spanish - best resources?
Replies: 10
Views: 200

Re: Idiomatic Spanish - best resources?

I'm at a stage in my Spanish where, armed with a dictionary and the knowledge of grammar I have, I can get my point across (even if it isn't exactly pretty). What I'd really love to do is start learning some Spanish idioms, those phrases and sayings that don't translate word for word. Often I find ...
by s_allard
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Since “silent period” is one of the ways to prevent fossilized mistake, .... The "silent period" idea, often associated with the Assimil method, does not prevent fossilized mistakes. Fossilization comes from uncorrected mistakes. Learners always make mistakes even after waiting to speak. ...
by s_allard
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Since I am regularly (and falsely) accused of hijacking threads, I'll come back to the OP in a minute but I would like to comment briefly on GoSensGo's post about bilingualism and job opportunities in the Canadian context. I'm not arguing that speaking French or being bilingual replaces any other qu...
by s_allard
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Anecdotal evidence for extensive TV series
Replies: 22
Views: 743

Re: Anecdotal evidence for extensive TV series

Understand how this works and you have a pretty advanced understanding of French. Having a pretty advanced intellectual understanding of a language doesn't mean necessarily that you can decode "on the fly" what native speakers say. Both intensive and extensive pratice are necessary, imho:...
by s_allard
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Anecdotal evidence for extensive TV series
Replies: 22
Views: 743

Re: Anecdotal evidence for extensive TV series

I regret to have to say to rdearman that I haven't the slightest idea of the number of hours that I've spent watching TV to arrive at specific levels of proficiency in my target languages. But I do want to share some thoughts on the question of the value of watching TV in the target language. About ...
by s_allard
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 41
Views: 1361

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

I read the original article and tend to agree with the author. But first, I must disagree with the title of the thread. There is no case against TV. The author is not saying that watching a lot of TV in the target language is bad or ineffective. What he says is: Students need input. The more, the be...
by s_allard
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Maybe my conclusion is wrong but if the French immersion is more French lesson per week (every day) and a couple of other subjects are taught in the language, there is a similar type of schools in Russia too. Although no one is called it “immersion school” but just an English school, French school,...
by s_allard
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Congrats to to GoSensGo for a great post about a first-person experience in French immersion. I've put in bold a key element for me. ... It was a definite plus that by then I was going to school not just to see my friends but that I had a decent chance of learning something new and getting good mark...

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