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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stepney children urged to learn Chinese languages

East London Advertiser – Mike Brooke

“More children are being urged to learn Chinese languages as part of a campaign for London’s East End to lead the country in promoting Mandarin…“We want more students to have the ability to speak Mandarin,” Mayor Lutfur Rahman said. “By the time most of the children born today leave school, China will probably be the leading economic power in the world.”” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

5 summer tips to introduce your child to the world

the star.com – Angela Jackson

“Summer is a great time to introduce your child to a new language and culture. Studies show students lose, on average, about two months of learning over the summer and many times they fall in to unhealthy eating habits. But with a little help, they can avoid the dreaded “summer slide” by trying new foods and going on a fantastic imaginary journey around the world.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The amazing benefits of learning a new language

A Healthier Michigan – Staff Writer

“It’s been proven that speaking multiple languages growing up can have an impact on your life that goes way beyond being able to order food in foreign countries. For instance, those who speak two languages every day throughout their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years.” (more)

Language learning frenzy

Global Times – Xie Wenting

“With the massive uptake of English language learning in China over the past decades, more and more parents are starting to think that being bilingual is not enough. Seeking to give their kids that exclusive leg up, increasing numbers of parents are encouraging their children to learn a third and even fourth language.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mastering the foreign tongue

Deccan Herald – Joshua CD

““Learning a foreign language has become important thanks to globalisation. People learn a language for various reasons…Most of them learn it for professional reasons. There is a need to communicate with people from various countries these days and it is not necessary that everyone knows English. Knowing a foreign language adds value to your resume…”” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amazing!! These Black and Hispanic Kids Speak Fluent Chinese — Find Out Why They Are Learning

BlackNews.com – Staff Writer

“Learning a second language is no longer a luxury; it is a necessary skill that students must have in order to compete in a global economy. It broadens their opportunities…” (more)

Chattanooga School of Language provides learning opportunities

Nooga.com – Megan Ferguson

“…more and more parents are seeing the benefits of exposing their children to different languages because of its cognitive and social advantages…when people learn another language, they learn another culture. So opening children’s eyes to other cultures in the world broadens perspective and awareness of other people in the world.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels

Medical Xpress – Christine Metz Howard

“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 shows.” (more)

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

Psyche Central – By RICK NAUERT PHD

“Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children.” (more)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Learning second language can help delay dementia, says academic, as Royal Holloway launches new language scheme

Health Canal – Staff Writer

“The Languages for All initiative, which is being run by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University, will commence in September, with classes being held on weekday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Members of the public can choose from a variety of different courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish, with weekly two hour sessions spanning a course of 20 weeks.” (more)