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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Globalisation is putting language learning firmly on the agenda

The Northern Echo – Barry Nelson

” Mastering a second, or even a third or fourth, language can lead to exciting career opportunities and make school leavers and graduates stand out to prospective employers, particularly those with an eye on global markets.” (more)

How a child’s language development can be helped by hand movements: Gesticulating makes words ‘easier to understand’

The Daily Mail – Jonathan O’Callaghan

“Spontaneously moving your hands to illustrate a point can help boost a child’s language development, researchers say.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why language learners don’t have to miss the punchline

The Guardian – Matthew Jenkin

“Humour can help you get to grips with another language – even if this just means laughing at your own mispronunciations.” (more)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Africa: The Language of Science Education – Between Two Trends

All Africa – Saleh Al-Shair

“Discussing modern education involves discussing a specific type of communication. The language of education is similar to other types of communication in that it involves a sender, a recipient, a medium and a message.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Era provides ‘one of the best gifts you can give a child’

Cranston Herald – Dan Kittridge

“Marlena DeLuca and Vanessa Faiola…developed a concept for a preschool focused on foreign language immersion – a place where youngsters could reap the myriad benefits of a bilingual education and begin a lifelong learning process. “We wanted this for our children,” Faiola said. “We wanted our children to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural … Exposing a child to a second language is one of the best gifts you can give a child.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kindergartners start school speaking a foreign language in immersion program

CBS46 – Jason Aubry

“The start of the school year marked the launch of the district’s Dual Language Immersion program…Educators hope the level of fluency the students are likely to develop if they stay with the program through graduation will open doors in the job market internationally.” (more)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How Much Are You Worth? 4 Ways to Increase Your Value to Employers

The Wall Street Cheat Sheet – Erika Rawes

“How much money do you earn each year? As of 2013, Labor Statistics report the median annual earnings for someone with less than a high school diploma at $24,544, while someone with a professional degree earned $89,128. Everyone else fell somewhere in between.” (more)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

To Get Fluent in a New Language, Think in Pictures

The Wall Street Journal – Gabriel Wyner

“What does it take to learn a language quickly? It all comes down to associations and understanding how memory works.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gwinnett schools launching foreign language immersion programs

Atlanta Business Chronicle – Dave Williams

“A workforce development program run by the Georgia Department of Education is reaching down into the elementary schools to train the workers of tomorrow. Starting next week, three elementary schools in Gwinnett County will be offering dual foreign language immersion programs.” (more)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bilingual parents: Talking to your child in your native language makes it easier for them to learn English

The Deseret News – Emily Hales

“Parents who worry that speaking their native language at home will disrupt their child’s ability to learn English have nothing to fear.” (more)