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Language Maintenance

Why is it so difficult to maintain your knowledge of a foreign language?

How can you keep learning English and not loose fluency?

What are some learning habits you can continue? What would you enjoy?

Class Materials and Resources

Reading Habits

Best Sellers

NY Times Review of Books

Audiobooks

Wired for Books, free audiobooks
Audible.com, purchase current bestseller audiobooks

RSS feeds

see rss-feeds for info

Cinema

Cineteca

Video

Watch English-language DVDs set to original language with subtitles

Follow English-language tv series that you enjoy

Listening:

podcasts

Study with your family:

Stone Soup, stories for young people, read by young people with text to read along
readings of children's classics, including the Tale of Peter Rabbit, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz]

  • Make one day a week English day. Try to speak only English.

Meetups:

Meetup Bologna
Meetup Modena

Online services:

The Web 2.0 phenomenon is all about social networking and communities. These sites are for language learners who want to connect to others, to use community as a part of learning. This can be particularly helpful if you want to find speaking partners. All require registration, but are free.

LiveMocha — a highly recommended language course site plus community. Connects learners all over the world as language partners for chat, messaging, etc.
Busuu — a very nice site for basic situational language. Lessons go from vocabulary, reading, writing, and then talking with others.
Italki — recommended language networking, but with no lessons. Good for speaking partners. Connects learners all over the world via Skype, chat, etc.
Kantalk — another excellent way to connect to other learners. Organized by topic, discussion of set questions with other learners online at the moment.

For a review of various services available see Michele Gallen's e-learning blog.

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License This site is the work of L. Hornbake, with participation by students.