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The fight for survival: language and identity

How does language influence culture and identity?   One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the ~7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear. But what is lost when a language falls silent? People and nature blur in the...

Inclusive Language Learning

Languages for all – why should everyone learn a language? Learning a language boosts self esteem, improves communication, and opens doors.   According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Research shows that language learning has a...

Building a solid foundation: linking literacy and language

The contribution of language learning to improving literacy – who’s saying what:   Indigenous dictionary project aims to keep endangered languages alive: A project in development by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation aims to revolutionise...

Speaking your mind: links between languages and other skills

The many ways in which languages boost brain power – who’s saying what: How morality changes in a foreign language: “Moral judgments made in a foreign language are less laden with the emotional reactions that surface when we use a language learned in...

Talking the talk: trading our way out of recession

The many ways in which languages can boost growth – who’s saying what:   Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business: there is mounting evidence that in international business, native English speakers...

Immersion learning: what impact does it have?

Language as a medium in education   Does it work?   Case Study: The Bilingual Stream – preparing the children for the world of tomorrow: The positive impact this approach is having on children and how learning another language is enhancing and enriching the...

Features Language and community cohesion: uniting cultural groups

Can language learning unite a community?   Understanding a community’s language to improve social sohesion   Languages in the Rainbow Nation: Nearly 4 000 schools across South Africa are expected to introduce an African language in Grade 1 next year...

Languages are Great Britain

How Great Britain benefits from its diverse culture and languages   Saturdays for success: How supplementary education can support pupils from all backgrounds to flourish: Published in September 2015 this IPPR report makes recommendations for how more pupils,...

Languages Count!

It all adds up to languages…   Scientific studies have proven that honing literacy skills directly affects mathematical skills, and that the best practices in literacy education should be applied in all subjects: If students applied reading comprehension...

Inspiration for students: celebrities and language learning

Some celebrity inspiration to encourage your students to learn a language…   Actors:   Audrey Hepburn: Besides being naturally bilingual in English and Dutch, Audrey Hepburn was also fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can hear her...

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