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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Achtung baby: the future is bi-lingual

The Age – Julia Proctor

“From Chinese to French, Italian to Japanese, Victoria is on track for every prep to learn a second language from next February.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

U.S. lacking in foreign language education

The Red and Black – Zach Hawkins

“Learning a foreign language can be one of the most difficult tasks in a person’s life. Whether it be in academia or just for fun, being introduced to a new language can be incredibly daunting for some people.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Language for Math

The Wall Street Journal – Sue Shellenbarger

“Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.” (more)

Learn Spanish or Get Left Behind

TeleSur – Staff Writer

“By 2050 the United States will be the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation, the Cervantes Institute claims in a new report on the current state of the Spanish language.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brain imaging study examines second-language learning skills

Domain B – Staff Writer

“With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas (KU) shows.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BENEFITS OF BEING BILINGUAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The Daily Sabah – Bilal Kalkan

“The ability to speak more than one language is more than just a social advantage. It improves cognitive skills and fights certain mental diseases. While children have a natural inclination when learning a new language, the benefits it has on adults are astounding.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Being Exposed to Two Languages May Increase Cognitive Benefits in Babies

Science World Report – Catherine Griffin

“Being exposed to two languages in infancy may not just be good for learning a second language. It also may help children in the future. Scientists have found that infants exposed to two languages recognized familiar images far faster and paid attention to novel images far more when compared to monolingual infants.” (more)

Yet Another Reason to Learn a Second Language: It Makes Your Brain Bigger

Big Think – Robert Montenegro

“Learning a second language is vitally important for development and personal education. Not only do bilinguals possess stronger memories and exhibit greater mental flexibility than monolinguals, there’s evidence that learning a second language can also stall the onset of dementia.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Should children be learning Mandarin in primary school? Bilingual program designed to strengthen ties with China could be trialled at start of 2016

Daily Mail Australia – MELISSA HILLS

“Proposals for more Mandarin to be taught in schools across Australia has been hailed as ‘brilliant news’. The South Australian government is considering an English-Mandarin bi-lingual program that could start in early 2016 to help strengthen cultural and economic links with China.” (more)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Primary school language lessons not translating to secondaries

The Guardian – Anna Bawden

“Lack of co-ordination between primary schools means secondary pupils can start with totally different linguistic skills.” (more)