Thursday, March 15, 2012

University of Houston Foreign Language Department

Today I thought that I would write about two topics. The first topic, is of course, foreign language courses offered at various universities. I lived in Texas for three years and almost enrolled at The University of Houston to study foreign languages. As fate would have it, I ended up in Washington DC instead. In this blog, I wanted to share some of the courses offered at the University of Houston. The second topic of discussion is a YouTube polyglot, fantasticidiomas. He is very passionate, and his videos are improving.

If you live in Houston Texas and would like to check out what the U of H has to offer, click on the links above. I would like to add, that I have noticed a change their language curriculum. Before, everything was Spanish, or French, or German. That was about it. Now, we have so much more diversity!

Now onto my second topic, fantasticidiomas made another spectacular video today. These are the exact kinds of videos that I like to see! He introduces a new book about the origins of the Russian language, and uses a screen capture allowing viewers to see the book as he discusses it. It is often the case that polyglots like to get on camera and record themselves talking about a book, a program or how a language. Some get up with a blackboard and give us grammar instructions. That is all well and good. But, remember we are here to serve one function. That function is to communicate with other language lovers. 

Use your technology! Make your videos swift, clear, eloquent, and edit your material. Outsiders looking in will always call us a bunch of pedantic bores. We should try to make the language learning experience as effective and meaningful as we possibly can. 

I have seen fantasticidiomas evolve. He is becoming better and better at his art. For that, I give him three cheers!

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