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Friday, August 29, 2014

The benefits of dual language programs in schools

Examiner – John Nikolaros

“Schools…have come to the understanding that dual language programs are necessary to compete in this globalized world….learning a second language may considerably help job candidates.” (more)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Having two languages a boost to brainpower

The Australian – Bernard Lane

“LIKE many migrants, Ruying Qi had to choose a language with which to raise her children. Would it be new country English or the Chinese of her homeland?.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Language Learning Starts From The Cradle

Asian Scientist – Staff Writer

“Babies are good listeners and can absorb information in their native language even before reaching their first birthday, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Science. Furthermore, for tots in a Mandarin-speaking environment, they are able to differentiate the intonations in the language.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Conquering the Holy Grail of Second Language Fluency

The Huffington Post – Sarah Wike Loyola

“I have a hunch that you have either said or heard someone say something along these lines before. As a person who has been teaching Spanish for close to 15 years, I hear such claims incessantly. So, why does world language learning and teaching have such a bad rap? Why is it so seemingly difficult to become fluent in a second language? And, most importantly, is feeling at ease communicating in a second language unachievable for most?.” (more)

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)