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21/08/2013 Belgium Belgium

Chinglish: taallessen in den vreemde

Een van de meest verrijkende dingen aan reizen, is het leren van een taal. Of tenminste, de capaciteit om de local te begrijpen en jezelf ook verstaanbaar te maken. 

21/08/2013 Madagascar Madagascar

Madagascar: Decline in French Language Skills Worry Academics in Madagascar

In the former French colony of Madagascar, the French language continues to play an important role in education, particularly at university level.

21/08/2013 Japan Japan

Greater effort needed to promote Japanese-language learning abroad

A report compiled by a private panel of experts for the Foreign Ministry calls for promoting the Japanese language in other countries and enhancing Japan’s presence in the international community. The government plans to prepare a budget to propagate the language.

20/08/2013 Spain Spain

El inglés enfrenta a la Generalitat con las universidades públicas

La intención de la Generalitat de que todos los universitarios deban acreditar un nivel de inglés medio —un B2, según la escala del Consejo Europeo, equivalente al First Certificate o al quinto curso de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas— para licenciarse ha abierto una brecha entre el Gobierno catalán y las universidades.

20/08/2013 Germany Germany

Fremdsprachen von Klasse 1 bis 13

Überblick über die Berliner Angebote

20/08/2013 Nepal Nepal

Learning to speak someone else's tongue

In recent years, many institutes in Nepal have been observing a rise in the number of students keen in learning foreign languages. One of the major reasons for such rise is the hyped tendency of those departing for abroad, either for study or employment purposes.

19/08/2013 Ukraine Ukraine

Russian language may become second foreign in schools

Within framework of preparation for the introduction of teaching in schools of the second foreign language, the Education Ministry will hold courses "Teaching Russian as a second foreign language" for teachers.

18/08/2013 United Kingdom United Kingdom

A-level languages: is Britain at risk of turning into a nation of monoglots?

As the learning of foreign languages at A-level and university falls sharply, the British seem set on isolation from the world.

14/08/2013 Finland Finland

50'000 Unterschriften gegen «Zwangsschwedisch»

In Finnland ist eine Unterschriftensammlung zur Abschaffung des obligatorischen Schwedischunterrichts zustande gekommen. Die zweite Landessprache ist seit längerem unter Beschuss.

14/08/2013 United Kingdom United Kingdom

British holidaymakers admit to struggling with languages and culture

Despite millions of people from the UK heading overseas for sun, sea and sand this summer, a lack of language and cultural skills is landing many in hot water, according to a poll by the British Council.

14/08/2013 United States United States

Multiple languages and brain function

 Time reports that multilingual persons are "better at reasoning, at multitasking, at grasping and reconciling conflicting ideas."

14/08/2013 United Kingdom United Kingdom

Manchester is Britain’s city of languages'

Manchester is the UK’s language capital, according to researchers at The University of Manchester.

12/08/2013 Spain Spain

La UPNA ofrece un curso de intensificación en inglés para estudiantes de Magisterio

La Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales de la Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA) ha organizado un curso de intensificación en inglés dirigido a estudiantes de Grado en Educación Infantil y Grado en Educación Primaria como refuerzo de la asignatura 'Idioma Extranjero 1: Inglés' (nivel B1) antes del comienzo del próximo curso académico.

12/08/2013 France France

Cinq idées pour une langue commune en Europe

Alors que le débat autour de l'efficacité de l'Union Européenne et ses différentes politiques fait rage depuis quelques mois, Fabien Cazenave soumet cinq propositions pour une meilleure entente linguistique.

12/08/2013 Norway Norway

Flerspråklige har fordeler – gjennom hele livet

Blir småbarn som tilegner seg to eller flere språk, mindre intelligente enn dem som bare lærer ett? Ja, mente forskerne helt fram til 1965. Tvert imot viser nye studier; barna  gjør det bedre på skolen. Forskningen på flerspråklighet er hundre år i år. Et helt nytt senter skal ta forskningen mange steg videre.

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