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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

The Guardian – Alison Flood

“A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.” (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)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to teach … financial literacy

The Guardian – Emily Drabble

“As of next month maths and citizenship teachers will need to tackle financial education, so we’ve gathered the best resources on money matters for the classroom.” (more)

Child’s drawing ‘predicts later intelligence’

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“The way children draw at the age of four can be a predictor of later intelligence, a study has suggested.” (more)

UK Study Suggests 6-Year-Olds More Tech-Savvy Than Adults

Education News- Kristin DeCarr

“A new study from UK’s Ofcom suggests that 6-year-old children have a greater understanding of technology than the average 45-year-old adult.” (more)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Oversized classes up 200% since 2010 says Labour

BBC – Judith Burns

“The number of infant pupils taught in oversized classes has “spiralled by 200%” since 2010, says Labour.” (more)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Parents worry their child won’t make friends at school

BBC – Staff Writer

“Parents worry their children will not make friends when they start at school for the first time, says the charity Action for Children.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Foreign language skills will boost trade

Express – Helen Massy-Beresford

“The Government must make foreign language lessons compulsory for children aged seven to 16 in order to boost British exports, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) says…“We need a culture change in the UK when it comes to international trade. This means more investment, stronger language skills and a global mindset instilled in people from a much younger age…”” (more)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Play ‘boosts children’s development and happiness’

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Play helps boost children’s language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.” (more)