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How do we follow the rhythm of language? The answer depends on our brain’s path

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“How is our speech shaped by what we hear? The answer varies, depending on the make-up of our brain’s pathways, a team of neuroscientists has found. The research, which maps how we synchronize our words with the rhythm of the sounds we hear, offers potential methods for diagnosing speech-related afflictions and evaluating cognitive-linguistic development in children.” (more)

Framing Bilingualism as an Asset

Language Magazine – Aaron Loewenberg

“The percentage of DLLs entering Head Start has increased from 17% in 2000 to 24% in 2014. These students speak a combined total of over 140 languages and are enrolled in 87% of all Head Start programs. Almost all (96%) of these students were born in the U.S., but over three-quarters are in families in which both parents were born in another country. While high-quality early education, such as that offered by Head Start, matters for all children, studies suggest that DLLs may benefit even more than their peers from participating in these programs.” (more)

We’re Teaching Our Kids To Read The Wrong Way — This Is A Better Approach

Scary Mommy – Kristen Mae

“I remember learning phonics as a kindergartner in the mid ‘80s. I remember learning consonant combinations, vowel combinations, and a litany of rules as well as a litany of exceptions to those rules. Later, as a new mom reading everything I could get my hands on so I could be The World’s Best Mom, I kept stumbling across the idea that teaching phonics was unnecessary—that a more intuitive and less stressful way to learn to read was an approach called “whole language” instruction. The thinking behind whole language instruction is that, with enough exposure to literature, children pick up reading instinctively.” (more)

English is not enough – British children face major disadvantage when it comes to language skills

The Conversation – Sascha Stollhans and Oranna Speicher

“This is important, because studying a language is not just about enhancing your CV and adding something useful to your skills set. It is also about embracing other cultures, developing intercultural competence, enjoying languages as an exciting object of study, and reflecting on your own national and cultural identity. ” (more)

Forgetting How to Read

Education Next – Doug Lemov

“As you read this—on the subway or the porch, perhaps at your desk between meetings—reading as we know it is engaged in an epic battle it has all but lost. You are the reason. No matter where you are, Device is there with you, stowed in your pocket, at your behest, chirping away pleasantly. Check in with a colleague or the kids? Play Candy Crush? Find a baseball score? All while in line at Target or sitting through the 10 a.m. strategy meeting? Of course, Master. It would be my pleasure.” (more)

Language learning: German and French drop by half in UK schools

BBC – Branwen Jeffreys

“Foreign language learning is at its lowest level in UK secondary schools since the turn of the millennium, with German and French falling the most. BBC analysis shows drops of between 30% and 50% since 2013 in the numbers taking GCSE language courses in the worst affected areas in England. A separate survey of secondaries suggests a third have dropped at least one language from their GCSE options. In England, ministers say they are taking steps to reverse the decline..” (more)