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Tearful Eiffel Tower helps French schoolchildren absorb Paris attacks

The Guardian – Mark Tran

“France’s education ministry has endorsed a leaflet aimed at helping primary school-age children understand and discuss last week’s Paris terror attacks. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the education minister, tweeted her support for teachers on Monday as classes resumed. “I’m thinking deeply of our teachers who need to be strong in front of their pupils. We are with them,” she wrote. Her department pointed teachers to a two-page leaflet produced by Bayard Jeunesse, a publisher for children, which was circulated on social media over the weekend.”(more)

LEARNING A THIRD LANGUAGE

The Daily Star – ARUBA ADIL & ADIT HASAN

” Whether vying for a spot in the top universities, the best job prospects or just the ability to curse people in five different languages, an extra language under your belt could prove invaluable to gain a leg up among the competition. We examined a few common languages, considered situations where they could be useful and where one might find classes for that language.”(more)

Mix of languages being spoken in US is changing

The Gazettenet – Tim Henderson

“The number of people living in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home has grown to 21 percent, or 62 million, compared with 18 percent, or 47 million, in 2000, according to census data and the American Community Survey.” (more)

Geoff Johnson: Bilingualism one of the keys to success

Times Colonist – Geoff Johnson

“…our kids will emerge from their formal education into a multilingual world where the ability to function in a second language, especially French, Spanish or Mandarin, as opposed to simply having an academic knowledge of another language, will be advantageous to those entering an increasingly competitive career market.” (more)

Children take two extra languages in their stride

Swiss Info – Sonia Fenazzi

“The researchers add that children also learn how to learn languages. This leads to the development of what they call metacognitive skills: the ability to reflect on one’s own learning, find the best strategies and then decide when and how to use them. This effect is longlasting, on into the teens and adulthood.” (more)