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06/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Reviving languages: Generation monoglot

As the new term starts across England, schools are chewing over this summer’s results in the 16-plus exams. One trend is clear—the coalition’s emphasis on pupils achieving five core academic subjects, including a language, in its new EBACC (English Baccalaureate) qualification has raised the number of candidates taking language exams.

05/09/2013 China China

400 Million Chinese can't speak national language in China

More than 400 million Chinese are unable to speak the national language Mandarin, and large numbers in the rest of the country speak it badly, state media said on Thursday as the government launched another push for linguistic unity.

05/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

How does English sound to foreign ears?

As English speakers, we are among the laziest linguists in the world, waiting for everyone else to talk like us. But how do we sound to foreign ears?

04/09/2013 Uzbekistan Usbekistan

Uzbekistan has chosen: English first, Russian later

President Islam Karimov’s latest education decree mandates that English classes start in the first grade, with Russian classes starting in the second. In a country that has just celebrated twenty-two years of independence from the Soviet Union, schools are mostly taught in Uzbek – with English and Russian considered foreign languages.

04/09/2013 China China

Language, culture disparities keep Chinese literature from going abroad

A contest to translate contemporary Chinese literature has been launched amid concerns that language and cultural disparities have crippled China's literature from going overseas.

04/09/2013 United States Vereinigte Staaten

Study: Human babies speak lemur but only for a few months

The researchers propose that the learning response in babies may be evolutionary and that language and learning have a non-human origin based on the experimental results.

04/09/2013 Italy Italien

Vigili urbani a lezione di inglese

Informazioni ai turisti, soccorso e aiuto a stranieri, farsi capire e comprendere una lingua straniera non sarà più un miraggio. Il Comune dà avvio ad programma di formazione ed aggiornamento con corsi di lingua inglese per tutto il personale comunale, partendo dai vigili urbani.

03/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Language and Tool-Making Skills Evolved at the Same Time

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that the same brain activity is used for language production and making complex tools, supporting the theory that they evolved at the same time.

03/09/2013 Germany Deutschland

Französisch ist nicht meine Muttersprache

Zwei interessante Umfragen zur Sprachenfrage gab es bei in den vergangenen Monaten: Am 27. April fragte die Redaktion, welche Sprache man am häufigsten im Alltag gebraucht. Die Antwort war eindeutig: 74 Prozent Luxemburgisch, an zweiter Stelle Deutsch mit elf Prozent. Alle anderen Sprachen lagen abgeschlagen dahinter.

03/09/2013 Spain Spanien

Un proyecto europeo ayudará a las pymes exportadoras catalanas a superar barreras lingüísticas

La Cámara de Comercio de Barcelona y FemCAT implementarán el proyecto europeo PROMES (Promoting Multilingualism in exporting Smes by Communication Auditing) para ayudar pymes exportadoras catalanas a superar barreras lingüísticas y culturales.

03/09/2013 Canada Kanada

L'âge de l'apprentissage d'une deuxième langue, déterminant pour le cerveau

L'âge auquel un enfant apprend une deuxième langue aurait un effet important sur la structure de son cerveau adulte, montre une étude conjointe menée par le Neuro de l'Université McGill et l'Université Oxford.

03/09/2013 India Indien

We are talking more using fewer words

People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI), the first survey of living Indian languages as people perceive them, conducted by the communities themselves, will be released on September 5. The 780 languages revealed are in stark contrast to the 2001 Census figure of 122 languages, following a 40-year policy of omitting languages with less than 10,000 speakers.

03/09/2013 United States Vereinigte Staaten

Options for learning a second language

In the global economy, speaking more than one language can be a big advantage. It can be a valuable asset in getting a job, maybe more than going back to school to acquire a degree.

02/09/2013 United States Vereinigte Staaten

Changing your brain by learning other languages at various ages

The majority of people in the world learn to speak more than one language during their lifetime: "Learning a new language alters brain development." Many do so with great proficiency particularly if the languages are learned simultaneously or from early in development.

30/08/2013 Spain Spanien

Educación ofrece cursos de inmersión lingüística en inglés a 250 docentes

La Conselleria de Educación, Cultura y Deporte ofrecerá, dentro del Programa de Mejora del Aprendizaje de Lenguas Extranjeras, estancias de inmersión lingüística para 250 docentes, tanto de Educación Infantil como de Primaria y Secundaria, pertenecientes a centros sostenidos con fondos públicos.

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ALTE RECIT European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE)
Eurolang Europäischer Verlegerrat (EPC) Europäisches Forum für fachliche und berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung (EfVET)
EEE-YFU EUNIC in Brussels Föderalistische Union Europäischer Volksgruppen (FUEN)
EUROCLIO Europäische Föderation nationaler Sprachinstitutionen (EFNIL) Europäischer Verband für Erwachsenenbildung (EAEA)
Culturelink Europäische Koordination unabhängiger Produzenten (CEPI) Europäischer Rat der Literaturübersetzerverbände (CEATL)
Community Media Forum Europe Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste Literature Across Frontiers
Europäischer Verband kommerzieller Fernsehanstalten (ATC) Europäischer Verband für Terminologie (EAFT) Europäischer Künstlerrat (ECA)
European Federation for Intercultural Learning Europäischer Verlegerverband (FEP) Mercator europäisches Netzwerk für Sprachenvielfalt-Zentren
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