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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mandarin helps students think globally

13WMAZ – Elise Brown

“Bibb elementary students are thinking globally. It’s the third year Mandarin Chinese is being taught at Bibb Schools…Kids said taking Mandarin makes them want to learn more languages and travel around the world.” (more)

Benefits of Learning by Doing and Doing While Learning: Manos a la Obra

Education Week – Kaitlin Thomas

“Perhaps of all the challenges unique to the teaching of foreign language and culture, most enigmatic is trying to identify ways to make grammar and vocabulary relevant to the daily life and real-world experiences of teenagers and adults…the answer instead lay in bringing the classroom out into the world…” (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)

Economic Worries Loom as UK Foreign Language Skills Lag

Education News – Grace Smith

“Studying French, German, or any foreign language has dropped to a record low in the UK, writes Graeme Paton of The Daily Telegraph. Paton says the number of A-levels in traditionally popular foreign languages has halved in the past 10 years, among other troubling statistics:.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Five reasons why knowing a foreign language will help your career

Business Daily – Staff Writer

“In the global economy, one of the most valuable traits an employee can possess is the ability to speak a second or multiple languages. Knowing an additional language like Spanish, French or Mandarin, for example, illustrates to an employer the value you bring as an employee and a person. Here are five reasons why speaking a foreign language can help you in your career.” (more)