Why English spelling makes learning especially difficult

The News Miner – Greg Hill “The Atlantic Monthly is such a good magazine I subscribe to it, even though I can read it, and even check it out, at our public library. The reason is Atlantic has such well-written, informative and in-depth articles that really...

Shakespeare getting little love from American colleges

The San Francisco Chronicle – Nanette Asimov “A new study finds that English departments at just four of 52 top-ranked universities require English majors to take a course on the 16th century playwright and poet who is considered the English-speaking...

Deal with it

The Economist – Staff Writer “LANGUAGE-learners like to swap war-stories about their struggles, whether with Chinese tones, Japanese honorifics, German articles, Russian cases or Danish pronunciation. Each language challenges the learner with something...

The Reinvention of Bilingual Education in America’s Schools

Salon – Sarah Carr “One afternoon last fall, I watched as a group of young Hispanic students trained to become the best Spanish-language spellers in America. Their thick practice packet for the fourth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee began with...