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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

‘A level languages in crisis’

The Telegraph – Tony McAleavy

“Compared to our European neighbours, the British have long failed to take foreign languages sufficiently seriously but, rather alarmingly, the situation seems to be getting significantly worse.”(more)

Monday, March 24, 2014

5 Ways To Increase Your Career Capital

Forbes – Caroline Ceniza-Levine

“In November 2013, Accenture conducted a career survey with 4,100 executives from large and medium-sized business, including equal thirds of Boomers, Generation X, and Millenials, and 50/50 men and women. This global research attempted to better understand 3 areas: career capital; the future role of women in leadership; and career satisfaction. Here are 5 key takeaways from the survey and my advice for how to incorporate these findings into your own career success:”(more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Aprender nuevos idiomas: Learning new languages

The Kokomo Tribune – Lauren Fitch

“Learning a foreign language at a young age enables students to become more proficient at the language over the course of their academic careers, gives them a better understanding of other cultures and can improve children’s cognitive problem-solving abilities, according to a 2007 newsletter from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.”(more)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

The Huffington Post – Zach Simon

“I became fascinated with the question of what relationship exists, if any, between foreign language ability and creativity after reading Earnest Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises this past summer.”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Language learning: what motivates us?

The Guardian – Lauren Razavi

“What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place.”(more)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Building Conversational Fluency

Language Magazine – Andres Abeyta

“Learning a second language can be a difficult task. Students work very hard learning grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary and generally do well on their exams in these areas because language programs are tailored to them.”(more)

Monday, March 17, 2014

A second language spurs learning centers in the brain

Medill Reports – Merrill D’Arezzo

“Anthony Shook, a doctoral student at Northwestern University, researches the cognitive system in the brain that is involved with language processing. He described a study where native English-speaking children and native Spanish-speaking children were merged in a two-way language school in the U.S. Shook said that not only did the native Spanish-speakers improve in all areas of school, the native English speakers. did as well. Both groups improved their cognitive skill – not just in English, but in math.”(more)

How your engineering skills can help you learn a new language fast

E&T- Benny Lewis

“But it turned out that my engineering degree would lead me in a different direction. Now, over ten years later, I work as a language hacker and speak over a dozen languages, finding work as an engineer and translating engineering documents. I have bridged the gap between right brain and left brain by putting my training and work experience to use in making me a better language learner.”(more)

Learning A New Language Comes Easy to Kids Living Abroad

Outside Online – Am Ragsdale

“You always hear kids are sponges for language, but at three Molly just didn’t get the concept—that there are more than one—and that getting louder and louder in English when everyone around you speaks Spanish, won’t get you anywhere. You have to match the key to the door or you can’t get in, at least not all the way. But gradually, unconsciously, it dawned on her, and she gained an understanding of language she’d have for life.”(more)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education

The New York Times – PETER TEFFER

“In 2002, government leaders of the member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age,” and in 2005, the Union’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective ‘to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.’”(more)