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16/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Why you should learn a dead language

Learning a dead language might not be as useless as it sounds.

16/09/2013 India Indien

Translations: a shortcut into different worlds

In a land of cultural diversities like India, language is the glue that binds us together - and separates as well. Literature from the mofussil Indian landscape is a window of its indigenous socio-political turmoil and publishers are translating poignant tales of struggle, freedom, history and injustice to transport readers into other worlds.

16/09/2013 United States Vereinigte Staaten

'Hello' offered in 17 languages on Metro buses and trains

17 ways to say hello will be featured on posters found on Metro buses and trains beginning today as they make their way through the region. The posters are part of an effort to attract more immigrants and part of Welcoming Week, a nationwide event to highlight the contributions of the foreign-born population.

15/09/2013 Singapore Singapur

Four language formula speaks well for Singapore

Singapore’s multiracial and multicultural social makeup has resulted in a peculiar language profile. The country has adopted one representative language for each of the four major ethnic groups, including English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

13/09/2013 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Commission highlights benefits of foreign language skills for UK students and business

More needs to be done to encourage British students to study languages at A Level and university, according to the European Commission. The importance of foreign language skills is self-evident in all EU countries, given that businesses increasingly operate internationally: more than half of the UK's trade is with the rest of Europe - and its businesses need staff who can speak the language of their customers. The Commission will underline this at a conference during the London Language Show next month (18 October).

12/09/2013 China China

Chinese language games developed to promote bilingualism in pre-schools

To promote the effective use of games in Chinese language learning, the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL) and Seed Institute have jointly developed Fun Games for Learning Mandarin, a Chinese language teaching aid for pre-schools.

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.

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