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WIWYK: learning new languages broadens perspectives

The Alestle – Madison Lammert

“Many think learning one language is hard enough, but junior computer science major Ahmad Masalha, of Dabburiya, Israel, knows seven. Masalha said he wishes more people knew multiple languages so they could all practice new languages together.” (more)

Seven reasons to teach Mandarin

TES – Katharine Carruthers

“Language learning in UK schools is in decline. GCSE take-up of these subjects in some areas has dropped by as much as 50 per cent, and the trend continues at A level: the number of students studying German A level, for example, has dropped by 45 per cent since 2010, while French – still the most popular foreign language – has also been in steady decline. But there’s one language that’s bucking the trend. It’s one that could open up a new world of opportunity to students. It’s the most widely spoken first language in the world. It is Mandarin.” (more)

Learn a language while you watch Netflix with the help of this new tool

Lonely Planet – Sarah Brady

“Looking to get to grips with a new language ahead of your next holiday? You can do so while watching your favourite foreign-language TV show. A brand new tool for Google Chrome called Learning Language with Netflix utilises the streaming platform’s vast selection of foreign-language offerings to make learning a new language more enjoyable.” (more)

Want a child genius? Watch Peppa Pig in Mandarin!

The Daily Mail – Felicia Bromfield

“Toddler James Warburton sits in front of an iPad, absorbed in his favourite show, Peppa Pig. Occasionally, the two-year-old repeats words. So far, so unremarkable, you might think: except that he’s parroting the phrases in French, Spanish or German. ‘You know how it is,’ says his mum, Katy, 33, ‘You feel guilty letting them sit in front of a screen, but you’ve got to get stuff done. So I figured if he’s going to watch things, they might as well be educational. ‘He keeps saying: “Hola Mama!” or “Bonjour!” so it’s working.’ James has been watching Peppa Pig in a variety of languages since before his second birthday. His mother hopes the vocabulary will rub off or, at the very least, spark an interest in other cultures. (” (more)

These are the benefits of learning a second language

The World Economic Forum – Sean Fleming

“There are many advantages to learning a second language. Some are fairly obvious. If you find yourself lost in a foreign country, being able to express yourself clearly could help lead you to your destination. Similarly, if your job requires you to travel you may find it easier to vault language and cultural barriers. But there are other benefits that are not so immediately apparent. For example, learning another language could improve your all-round cognitive ability. It could help hone your soft skills, and even increase your mastery of your mother tongue, too.” (more)

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i News – Gwen Smith

“Quelle horreur! Half of sixth forms have been forced to scrap A-levels in modern languages because of “inadequate” funding, according to a poll this week by the Sixth Form Colleges Association. Spanish, German and French, which is one of my old subjects, have been hardest hit. Now, my schoolgirl self may have declared this news magnifique, particularly if there was a fiendish grammar test on the horizon. (I’m still scarred, Madame Barton.) But now that my world view encompasses slightly more than the next exam, the news has left me extremely triste. It’s both an academic tragedy and a funding travesty, because learning a language is about far more than memorising verbs.” (more)