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Chinese Courses Starting

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CHINESE COURSES STARTING ON THE 7TH OF OCTOBER. ADMISSIONS OPEN ON THE 23th SEPTEMBER

WITH OUR REVOLUTIONARY METHOD YOU WILL BE SPEAKING IN THREE MONTHS, STARTING FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY…

CALL FOR INFORMATION AT 03214014025

Spanish Courses Starting

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SPANISH COURSES STARTING ON THE 7TH OF OCTOBER ADMISSIONS OPEN

ON THE 23 SEPTEMBER

WITH OUR REVOLUTIONARY METHOD YOU WILL BE SPEAKING IN THREE MONTHS, STARTING FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY…

Grand Opening

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DEAR ALL:

AL-ANDALUS IS FINALLY OPENING ITS DOORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL OF YOU ARE INVITED. BRING YOUR FRIENDS.

THE WINNER OF AL-ANDALUS LUCKY DRAW WILL RECEIVE 1 FREE COURSE ON THE LANGUAGE OF HIS/HER CHOICE.

23rd SEPTEMBER 4-8

28 Q GULBERG II, LAHORE

SEE YOU SOON.

ADMISSIONS FOR ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, RUSSIAN, GERMAN, CHINESE AND JAPANESE WILL BE OPEN ON THE 23rd September. CLASSES STARTING ON THE 7TH OCTOBER. REGISTER WHILE YOU CAN!!!!!

AL-ANDALUS INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGES

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Our new Book

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We have the pleasure to present you with our new book which will be of great utility for those students initiating their study of the Spanish Language

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE?

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WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE?
by Maria Isabel Maldonado, Spanish Linguistics Professor

The Royal Academy of the Spanish Language which is one of the authorities regulating and preserving the changes that occur in the Spanish language, on the 22nd edition of its dictionary (2001), defines language as “System of verbal and almost always, written communication that belongs to a specific human community”. Learning a new language can open the door to many opportunities.

According to recent language research, learning a new language will make it easier to learn subsequent languages such as a third or fourth language. The more we learn, the easier it becomes to learn a new one. I can testify to this fact from my own experience as a multilingual person. My mother tongue is Spanish, although my English proficiency level is that of a native speaker of the English language (English Proficiency Test, 2007). In addition, I have reading knowledge of French, Italian and Portuguese which comes from the fact that English and Spanish are derived from Latin. Additionally, I happen to live in Pakistan for the last six years, which means that I am in contact with the live Urdu language, and thus, I am obliged to use it every day. Due to the above and since it cannot be denied that language is the vehicle of the culture it represents, I can now understand and operate within many different cultures, the Spanish, as it is my own, the Hispanic, since the Spanish language allows me to communicate with people from South America, the British, American and Australian cultures and the Pakistani and Indian cultures. Needless to mention that in this era of globalization, I can communicate with anyone who can communicate in English. In this case, I am able to communicate and understand people and cultures worldwide by being able to communicate in three different languages. In this context of matters, learning a new language can besides be the source of expanding our education and even finding employment. The possibilities are unlimited.

According to Chomsky in his 1987 essay, “Language in a psychological setting” language acquisition is “helping a flower to grow in its own way”. Language, the form taken by so much of our thinking, whether spoken, written or signed, enable us to communicate ideas from person to person and to transmit knowledge from generation to generation.

Language is a form of communication among human beings. Due to this fact, we find ourselves before a dynamic phenomenon, changing, variant, and in many ways practically impossible to observe and measure. Consequently, learning a language is a complex and simple process at the same time, since it has been proven that every human being can undergo language acquisition, even without formal instruction. In fact, in order to understand language acquisition in all its forms, the contributions from the following areas: Sociology, Formal and Applied Linguistics, Psychology Physiology, Anthropology, Communication, Neurology and of course the shared fields of Sociolinguistic, Psycholinguistic and Neurolinguistic sciences, should be well understood.

According to a BBC News report, (13th October 2004), researchers at University College London stated that learning new languages changes the grey matter in the location of the brain that processes information. The report continues with the fact that it is widely known that stimulating the brain through brain exercises (brain games, mathematics, logic and visual exercises) will alter the structure of the brain in the same way that a person can build muscle mass. That process is called plasticity. The researchers were able to make these affirmations by comparing the brains of people that only spoke one language as compared to the brains of people who spoke more than one language, as they realized that the density of the grey matter in the brains of those who were bilingual was greater.

To conclude and due to all of the previously mentioned reasons, learning a new language is thus a very interesting proposition since the advantages are unlimited; from entering the global village to acquiring brain power, learning a new language should be in the agenda for all.

REFERENCES Diccionario de la Lengua Espaňola. Madrid. Real Academia Española. 22 Edition. 1992 Language in a Psychological Setting. Chomsky N. Tokyo:Sophia Lingüística. Sophia University. 1987 Learning languages ‘boosts brain. BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3739690.stm . 2004

© Prof. Maria Maldonado

BREAKING NEWS: AL-ANDALUS PERFORMS RESEARCH ON THE EXISTING LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN LAHORE

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By Maria Isabel Maldonado, Spanish Professor

I would like to inform all of you that Al-Andalus Institute of Languages ‘s management created a team of experts to find out about the current situation of Language Teaching in Pakistan and found out the following:

1. There are many home based schools teaching IELTS and TOEFL and rarely officially qualified and native instructors. These businesses are also illegal in a great majority of cases and do not offer any guarantees to the students. This is the case with 99% of these home based businesses.

2. Even those teachers who are qualified with Masters and MPhils and teaching in good schools, universities and colleges do not have the training, neither the technological updates that are internationally required for an adequate Language Acquisition.

3. Universities and Colleges are in a better situation as their teachers are usually qualified from NUML and with rare exception foreign qualified. Nevertheless for some foreign languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Italian and Russian 90% of the teachers in Pakistan are not qualified neither trained since these individuals are difficult to find and in order to meet the demand schools will settle for those teachers who have spent time abroad and speak the language. Hence the quality of teaching and the students suffer.

4. There are individuals claiming to speak 4 or 5 even in some cases as reported by our team 9 languages and are teaching in different schools. Such teachers are maybe qualified in one or two languages. When our team tested these teachers they found that :

a. They are not able to speak the languages themselves and are teaching students by following a grammar book.

b. Even if the teachers can speak the language themselves they are not producing students who can speak in 99% of the cases. This is the case with 90 % of the language teachers in Lahore.

CONCLUSION: THERE IS A NEED FOR QUALIFIED, NATIVE and TECHNOLOGICALLY TRAINED TEACHERS WHO WILL MAKE STUDENTS SPEAK FROM THE VERY FIRST LESSON THE LANGUAGE OF THEIR CHOICE.

© Prof. Maria Maldonado

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