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I like to speak in Spanish.

I like to speak in French.

My German is outlandish.

My mind is in a wrench.

I meddle in linguistics.

I try to teach ESL.

As I look at the logistics,

I think I do very well.

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Yabla English, Spanish, French, & German: Language Learning At Its Best

Jul 11th 2010 at 9:48 PM



Yabla Programs come in English (as a 2nd language), Spanish, French, and German.  They provide a video media language learning experience par excellance.  You get an online consule with a video in the upper right, a control panel below the video, subtitle and translation below the control panel and a dictionary window to the right of the video, control panel, and subtitles.  Yabla offers videos in most if not all genres from music video, to comedy, to romance, from A to Z, from soup to nuts.  These videos come as links within a Yabla ezine with interesting articles on the linguistics and language arts that will engage and immerse the student in the language of choice from beginning level, through intermediate level, to advanced. 




For $9.95 a month, less than the price of a the purchas of 1 half way decent  video a month, Yabla turns the reigns of control into the hands of the language learner.  Not only can the language learner control the level and genre of the video, he or she can also control the video.  The control panel is the key.  The language learner can slow down the video without diminishing the quality of the audio.  Imagine being able to slow down the video, and make it loop or repeat as many times as you need to get the pronunciation, then being able to pause it to allow for writing, and being able to click on the words you don't understand to give you a full bilingual dictionary definition in the window to the right without ever having to leave the video.  Then you can play the video, unloop it, and go on to the next sentence and repeat the process until you have enough notes and comprehension to play the game at the end in order to see how well you are doing.  You get a cloze style quiz game that you can click on at the end of the control panel.  The game has 10 fill in the blank sentences, where you type in the missing word.  If you don't like your score, you can keep going and it will give you another 10 prompts to fill in the blank.  If you still don't like the score, you can go back through the whole process again, but it isn't boring because you are trying to learn something that you really want to know.




Far and away, the greatest advantage is for the language learner is to be able to be engaged in subject matter of interest by watchin videos.  Since students are engaged and involved, this is a tremendous advantage for language computer lab instructors.  It makes language learning fun and desireable.  The student is involved in all modalities:  aural, oral, reading, writing and kinesthetic.  Computer skills are also being enhanced through usage of the program.  Also, students from many language backgrounds can access the Yabla English program, and get translation into their native language, along with bilingual dictionary capabilities.





The chief disadvantage is the limitation of the number of languages that are offered.  Presently, Yabla is only offered in English, Spanish, French, and German.  Yet, this may be also seen as an advantage, because they have been able to concentrate and specialize in these fewer languages. 




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