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Assimilation

A natural process in connected speech whereby sounds (i.e. phonemes) change or blend together based on the preceding or following sound. This change is made naturally by native speakers to facilitate pronunciation.

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Association

Connecting ideas and concepts together as they relate to certain experiences. Association can help students remember new vocabulary by connecting new words to words with similar meanings or by helping students make their own personal connections.

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Asynchronous Online Learning

Online lessons that do not require students to be online at any particular time. These classes are often pre-developed courses consisting of content or modules that students work through without the real-time assistance of an instructor.

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Audiolingual Method

A language-learning method characterized by memorization of dialogues, as well as use of language labs. Students are drilled through dialogues in an effort to instill language forms. Audiolingualism is based on behaviorism. In this model, error correction is essential to prevent bad habits.
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Aural/Auditory Learner

Learner who benefits more from hearing input. Aural/auditory learners respond well to oral instruction as opposed to visual instruction.
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Authentic Materials

Resources that are used in English-speaking countries by native speakers. These are real-world selections produced for a native English-speaking audience, without consideration for the second language learner. Examples include newspapers, books, brochures, leaflets, menus, tickets, bank cards, library cards, etc.


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Blended Learning

An approach that combines both traditional classroom teaching and online educational tools to create a hybrid or “blended” learning experience.

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