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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)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Many children ‘unable to hold a pencil or sit still’ at five

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Sally Goddard Blythe, an expert in early education, recommends screening children for basic physical problems at five, saying developmental difficulties can have a major bearing on later academic results.” (more)

How can schools feed student appetites for sourcing sustainable produce?

The Guardian – Matthew Jenkins

“While students don’t usually make the purchasing decisions in their homes, teaching about sustainable food will help them make informed choices in the future.” (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)

How to teach … graphs and data handling

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“Whether it’s tally tables, piece charts, bar graphs or pictograms, these lesson ideas and resources will help you put some sparkle into statistics.” (more)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What drill and rote learning have to do with confidence

Quartz – Adam Boddison

“Unfortunately, it is socially acceptable for well-educated adults to comment openly that they have no self-confidence in their own mathematical abilities. Conversely, it is socially unacceptable for well-educated adults to say openly that they cannot spell.” (more)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Genes that influence children’s reading skills also affect their maths

The Guardian – Ian Sample

“Study suggests that half of the genes that affect 12-year-olds’ literacy also play a role in their abilities in mathematics.” (more)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wanting it enough: why motivation is the key to language learning

The Guardian – Alison Mackey

“Second language professionals, after explaining what we do for a living, are inevitably asked “What’s the fastest/best/most foolproof method for learning a language?” Some of us like to answer: language by partner, meaning, go to the country and fall in love with someone who speaks only the language you want to learn and not yours. In academic terms, what we are recommending is that people make the most of something that is crucial for language learning – motivation.” (more)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stem skills: colleges are failing to meet industry needs

The Guardian – Professor Sa’ad Medhat

“Our report, published today, could make uncomfortable reading for further education institutions. Based on consultations with more than 100 Stem-based companies (organisations heavily reliant on science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills), we’ve found a growing disconnect between the types of competencies sought by industry and the learning focus of most further education colleges.” (more)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Children’s TV ‘packed with junk-food references’

BBC – James Gallagher

“Unhealthy food makes a “startlingly” high number of appearances in children’s television shows, researchers say.” (more)