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Every society has a number of choices to make in terms of which language will be used in that society and when. When it comes to multilingual societies, decisions also need to be made concerning how many languages the society will support, how many languages members of the society are expected to learn, and so on. In this session, we’ll take a brief look at the layers of language use in multilingual and bilingual societies. We’ll then consider some of the language policy choices that governments must make. Finally, we’ll explore how individuals in a multilingual society use language.

Course Agenda:

1. Multilingual and Bilingual Societies
2. Language Policy Choices
3. Individual Choices in a Multilingual Society

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Submitted on: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:38

July and August are months in which many English language programs run summer camps for international teenagers. These programs are both educational and fun. Here are some tips for creating or adapting a curriculum to keep your teenage students engaged.

  1. Use Video Based Lessons. Videos are a great tool for motivating teenage students. Just make sure the videos are related to teenage interests. Use movie trailers, music videos, short interviews with cultural icons, or ‘how to’ videos. All of these are available on YouTube or similar video streaming sites. Three to five minutes is an optimum video length for teenage learners. It is also good to allow your students to choose the videos they want to see. Don't just have students watch the video. Make sure they watch it for a reason. After watching the video they can complete a quiz, hold a discussion, give a presentation, write a summary or create their own video.

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Submitted on: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 11:36

Level:  Can be adapted for beginner through high intermediate levels.

Materials:  None.


  1. Arrange your students in a circle. To start the game, point at a student and ask the student to spell any three-letter word (for example, dog).
  2. The teacher then points at a different student and says “Snip!”