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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)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Study: Babies’ brains practice language use

The Yakima Herald – Meeri Kim

“Researchers at the University of Washington are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of how babies learn how to speak. They had a group of 7- and 11-month old infants listen to a series of syllables while sitting in a brain scanner. Not only did the auditory areas of their brains light up as expected but so did a region crucial to forming higher-level speech, called Broca’s area.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Torlakson Sees Rise in Bi-Literacy

SCV News – Press Release

“Nearly 25,000 graduating high school students across California this summer have earned state recognition for achieving proficiency in multiple languages, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced…“Fluency in more than one language has always been an admirable skill, but it’s increasingly becoming one that’s highly sought after by employers.”” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7 Language-Learning Myths That Are Holding Us Back

Forbes – Amelia Friedman

“Too many young Americans have bought into language learning myths that have led to the proliferation of a national language deficit…If we want to develop tomorrow’s talent and to prepare the next generation for global work with diverse communities around the world, we need to invest in language learning….We can change this. We can start learning languages. But we first have to debunk the myths of language learning that are holding us back…” (more)

But I Can’t Speak the Language

Chief Learning Officer – Kate Everson

“Businesses are going more and more global…To successfully conduct business outside of the U.S., many times employees have to communicate in a foreign language…So, do your global employees know something other than “Ni hao!” in Mandarin? Chances are they don’t, and that can hurt your bottom line.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Breaking the Language Barrier

North-West Evening Mail – Staff Writer

“If we want our young people to grow up with the language skills they need to make the most of life in a global society and work in a global economy, we need to break down the language barrier…being able to speak a foreign language is a vital skill for the future of our country and, most importantly, our children.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

National survey reports foreign languages and literature majors get top pay

University of Hawaii – Lynn Stoddard

“The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently reported that the top-paying liberal arts majors for 2014 graduates are foreign languages and literature, with the average starting salary of $46,900.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Modern languages ‘recovery programme’ urged by MPs

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“All parties should make an election pledge to improve teaching and learning of modern languages in the UK, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Want your bilingual kids to get ahead? Teach them a third language: computer code

SCMP – Chris Lau

“Whether or not they dazzle in final exams, students are expected to be numerate and literate, preferably at least in two languages (English and Chinese for most youngsters here). They may soon have to add a third language if they are to get ahead in the 21st century: code.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

10 Reasons Every Child Should Learn a Second Language

Kudo! – Julia Hrobon

“The benefits of bilingualism or multilingualism are especially pertinent to children, as their brains are not yet fully developed and thus their brain’s wiring can more easily change with the addition of another language. Although not an exhaustive list, here are ten reasons every child should learn a second language:” (more)