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11/09/2013 United States Vereinigte Staaten

Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain

Language shapes the way we think. Whether we're listening to a persuasive speaker, absorbed in powerful writing, or engaged in a conversation, language can introduce us to new ideas, perspectives, and opportunities.

11/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Why is UK language teaching in crisis?

Policy changes and lower funding have created a huge skills gap in schools, threatening university departments with closure.

Britain's foreign languages skills are in crisis. During the past month alone, ministersuniversity representativesexam chiefs and industry bodies have each voiced their concern as entries to degree and A-level modern foreign language courses plummeted. So few young people are learning languages that in 10 years' time as many as 40% of university language departments are likely to close. Where did it all go wrong for UK language teaching?

10/09/2013 Spain Spanien

IU propone que las lenguas de los inmigrantes sean optativas en los colegios

Izquierda Plural (IU, ICV-EUiA y CHA) propone que los centros educativos ofrezcan de forma optativa alguna de las lenguas mayoritarias que hablan los alumnos inmigrantes.

10/09/2013 United States Vereinigte Staaten

Study: Bilingual speakers have both languages active at all times

Bilingual speakers who can switch languages easily are likely developing a higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals, U.S. psychologists say.

10/09/2013 Canada Kanada

How being bilingual or multilingual can help you land a job

Did you know that around 20 per cent of Canada’s population speak a language at home that’s neither French nor English? That’s nearly 6.6 million people who are comfortable interacting with others in one of more than 200 non-official languages.

09/09/2013 France Frankreich

47% des cadres français paniqués quand il faut parler anglais

La langue de Shakespeare est un outil de travail incontournable pour de nombreux cadres, mais plus de la moitié sont préoccupés par leur niveau, y voyant un frein à l’embauche ou à l’évolution de carrière, selon une étude publiée lundi.

09/09/2013 Senegal Senegal

38Eème semaine nationale de l'alphabétisation : Les langues nationales, un moteur du développement

Le Sénégal a pris l’option irréversible de réhabiliter les langues nationales et d’en faire le moteur du développement. Le parrain de la 38ème Semaine nationale de l’alphabétisation est le savant Cheikh Anta Diop.

09/09/2013 Chile Chile

UNESCO Presents Documentaries About Diversity of Languages in Chile

The Office of the UNESCO Santiago has released six brief documentaries about the diversity of languages and cultures in Chile. They were presented at the University of Santiago de Chile.

09/09/2013 Netherlands Niederlande

Over doekoe en roti: het Nederlands in Suriname

Tot nu toe was er nauwelijks iets bekend over de ontwikkeling die het Nederlands in Suriname doormaakte vanaf de zeventiende eeuw. Het pas verschenen ‘Woordenboek van het Nederlands in Suriname van 1667 tot 1876’ brengt daar verandering in. De woorden werden verzameld door de overleden bioloog Jan van Donselaar. Nicoline van der Sijs legde de laatste hand aan deze uitgave.

09/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Foreign doctors face language tests

The General Medical Council (GMC) could be given new powers to test the English language skills of doctors arriving from Europe.

09/09/2013 Malaysia Malaysia

Asian academia faces language block

The debate over the teaching of the English language continues, not only in Malaysia but also in many other countries across the world. While the form and content of the debate has been shaped by domestic political considerations and agendas, there are some pressing realities that we cannot escape from; and one of them is the simple fact that English remains the most commonly used language in global academic circles.

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.

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