New features in version 1.4 of Declan FlashCards

We are constantly improving Declan FlashCards. In version 1.4 have added a couple of new features!

In the word review view you now have the option to play the pronunciation audio at 60% speed to get a really good listen to the native speaker’s pronunciation. Just tap the tortoise in the pronunciation bar!

The second new feature – and we think you’ll find this one really helpful – is a hands-off audio review feature. You can now listen to all the word pronunciations in a topic, one after the next, using voice commands like “Play”, “Slow”, “Next” and “Meaning” (which reads the word’s English meaning). You can also record your own pronunciation attempts to compare with the native speaker’s.

We really hope you’ll find this innovations helpful and fun!

Looking for qualified and experienced foreign language teachers

We are looking for qualified and experienced foreign language teachers to help develop content for e-learning. In particular we need help to compile lists of phrases with English translations based on particular topics/categories. The languages we are initially targeting are French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Korean, German, Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, Russian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese and Inglés (English with Spanish meanings). If you are interested please send me an email at peter@declansoftware.com.

Launching The Declan Channels’ Affiliate Program

Declan Channels is just kicking off and we are looking for help in getting the word out. If you are interested in earning generous commissions by signing up teachers and schools to get on board, then read on..!

What’s an affiliate?

An Affiliate is someone who earns a commision by signing up paying clients for Declan Channels. Ideally a Declan Channels Affiliate would be someone with experience working as a foreign language teacher with a extensive network of connections in the commununity.

How does it work?

When you refer a teacher or school to us, and they then convert to a paid Declan Channels plan, you earn a generous affilate commission.

What’s the commission?

The commision is on a sliding scale starting at 20% for your first client, up to 45% for your fifth sign-up and beyond. For a large institution, that can mean a commsion of up to $1500.

Getting paid

Once your client signs up to a paid plan, we will pay you within 7 days. The prefered payment method is PayPal though we can also arrange bank transfers.

Getting started

Get started by learning how Declan Channels works and the benefits is offers foreign language teachers and their students. Read the material in our website and download the PDF whitepaper for complete details. And if you have any questions whatsoever don’t hesitate to contact us by email or send us a WhatsApp message.

And then once you are ready, send us an email and we will get started in enrolling you as a Declan Channels Affiliate.

Declan Channels : 3 Month FREE Introductory Offer

We have launched a 3 Month/1 Term Free Introductory Offer for Declan Channels.

Teachers and schools can now set up a channel to share course content with one of their classes for free – no commitment and no up front fees. Just try it for a term and only if you and your students love it can you then sign up for one of the subscription plans and roll out Declan Channels for all of your courses/classes.

No up-front payment and no questions asked – we just want to to give it a try and see for yourself how Declan Channels benefits you and your students.

See https://www.declanchannels.com for more details.

Hey Language Teachers!

Hey Language Teachers!

Looking for a way to share lesson content with your students outside the classroom and language lab? Want to keep your students engaged? Want to do something about the encroachment of language apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone?

Introducing “Declan Channels” – a great way for language teachers and schools to share course content with students on their mobile devices.

The world is increasingly moving to mobile, especially for this generation of our students. This is especially true in the domain of education. Foreign language teachers, schools and institutions are looking for ways to keep students engaged outside the classroom and language lab, and going mobile is the obvious way forward. This is particularly relevant in the face of the massive take up of mobile language learning apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone and the challenge they pose to traditional language schools and faculties.

Declan Channels is a Content Sharing Framework (CSF) that allows foreign language teachers, schools and institutions to offer bespoke course-specific content which can be shared with students on their mobile devices using the free Declan Channels App. Declan Channels is able to handle any language pair, in either direction.

For more details please visit our website:

https://www.declanchannels.com/

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss how Declan Channels could work for you, your institution and your students:

alice@declanchannels.com

I am also happy to organise a call, or you can ring me directly on:

   +61 433 501 101

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Alice Nevin
Declan Software

Stephen Krashen’s Theory of Second Language Acquisition

Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules, and does not require tedious drill.

Acquisition requires meaningful interaction in the target language – natural communication – in which speakers are concerned not with the form of their utterances but with the messages they are conveying and understanding.

Stephen Krashen, Professor Eemeritus at the University of Southern California

https://www.sk.com.br/sk-krash-english.html?fbclid=IwAR3VG7oa5XZ9sSCKCIbjYwP8Moc9ckg3go3rom9JO1ezmQeAH-GrJMY00RU

Typing accented letters on the iPhone

Declan FlashCards’ spelling exercises require typing accented letters for many of the available languages including Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. This is very simple to do on the iPhone/iPad, even without installing a language specific keyboard.

Just press and hold the corresponding non-accented letter and a pop-up showing all the possible accented versions of that letter will appear. Now just drag your finger to the accented letter you want and release.


Here is a video illustrating this for the Spanish accented letter ‘í ‘ in the word ‘sí ‘

“And that honestly changed my life”

When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theatre, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.

And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”

And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.

Kurt Vonnegut