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Should business leaders be multilingual?

The CEO Magazine – Oliver Featherston

“In fact, the benefits of multilingualism are numerous. The cognitive benefits have been well-discussed – learning a new language can improve memory, perception and better academic performance. In business, it aids communication, but the real benefits of language go beyond this. After all, miscommunication can be solved by translators. Instead, it’s the surmounting of cultural barriers, which could otherwise lead to misunderstanding and different expectations, that is the real gain.” (more)

Chinese language teachers upskill students for the future

Education HQ – Staff Writer

“Hughes agrees that learning Mandarin is a challenge. “If you live in a Spanish-speaking community, you’re probably reasonably half-fluent in twelve months, it would probably take you the equivalent in Chinese [of] two to two-and-a-half years living in country to get to what we’d consider about a 70 per cent proficiency,” he says. Despite this, Hughes says becoming proficient in the language has big benefits for schoolchildren in the long-run.” (more)

Europe’s astronauts learning Mandarin for future China collaboration

The South China Morning Post – Laurie Chen

“The European Space Agency (ESA) director general Jan Werner discussed the move in an interview with the Chinese state news agency Xinhua in Bremen, Germany, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the International Aerospace Congress, the world’s biggest aerospace forum. Werner said the ESA was very keen to promote international cooperation in the field of aerospace, and that China was a willing collaboration partner.” (more)

Scientists to Understand Effects of Chinese Language on Cognitive Performance

Tasnim News – Staff Writer

“Hospitals and universities in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Guangdong province, are the main participants in the joint study commissioned by the Shanghai Research Center for Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Intelligence. They will carry out clinical studies into brain development, cognitive learning processes and brain-related diseases, said Zhang Xu, vice-president of the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and executive director of the research center, in a recent interview with China Daily.” (more)

Mandarin Chinese lessons in hot demand

Radio New Zealand – Jessie Chiang

“It is Chinese Language Week and younger people around New Zealand are taking up Mandarin in record numbers. It follows a nationwide trend of primary and secondary students learning the language, which reached record levels last year.” (more)

Real-life learning the key to mastering a second language

The South China Morning Post – John Cremer

“Noting such concerns, Lai Chun, an associate professor in the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) faculty of education, points out that most second language curricula and textbooks used in international schools now pay more attention to developing learners’ “communicative functions”. However, there is still room to improve the relevance of topics to students’ daily life and interests, which is an important factor in increasing overall motivation. “The essentials for reaching near-native levels of fluency are sufficient exposure to the language and opportunities to use it in authentic contexts,” Lai says.” (more)