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|English language schools fear new visa rules|
Plans to crack down on illegal entry will damage colleges for overseas students, principals say
|Puzzle of division between the Scottish and English language|
It is a debate that has divided scholars since ... well, possibly the 7th century, when two languages with a common Germanic root — Old English — took their separate courses. One became standard English, the other developed its own vocabulary, and became Scots. Language? Dialect? Unintelligible slang? The answer is as much political as linguistic. But no one can deny the difference.
|By Antonio Graceffo|
|Empty Compliments and the Language Learner|
Meeting a new Thai person I simply said “Sawadis krap.” Without a second’s hesitation, he said, in English “You Speak Thai very well.” Was I supposed to feel encouraged? Should my head have swollen to monumental proportions because of this meaningful recognition of my linguistic prowess? I simply answered with a question. “How would you know?”
|Research to find effects on brain of bilingualism|
A project at Bangor University aims to explore the benefit of being bilingual. Researchers will be recruiting 700 people aged between two and 80 to take part in the £750,000 programme. Prof Virginia Gathercole said the obvious benefits included being able to converse and to participate in two cultures. But she said there was also evidence of non-language benefits, such as the ability to protect the brain from ageing.
|Assessing the Value of Dying Languages|
Does it matter when languages die? This is a question bothering a number of people, from professional linguists to amateur language-lovers and minority activists. As globalization accelerates, so does the debate. While some wring their hands over the specter of a universal language like English, and organizations like UNESCO fight to preserve endangered tongues, others aren't so sure: isn't language evolution, like biological evolution, a natural phenomenon? Is better communication through common language necessarily a bad thing?
|Workplace language lessons can aid more than communication|
Companies ranging from manufacturers to hotels to banks are learning they can't escape communication problems by ignoring them. Instead, a growing number of midstate companies have turned to community college programs to tear down language barriers so they can better engage the growing Spanish-speaking work force, as well as employees of eastern European or Asian origins.
|Learning language the Karadi way|
BANGALORE: A new look and thought have been given to Indian education in recent times. And Karadi Tales is seeing major implications in pedagogy Twitter Facebook Share Email Print Save Comment here. On Friday, C P Viswanath, director of Karadi Tales, held a workshop in Bangalore with English-language teachers from various schools on `Science of Language Learning and Karadi Path'.
|Education failure in any language|
IN the murky realm of indigenous policy-making, the darkest, most confused region is the labyrinth of initiatives for education in Aboriginal languages and competing proposals for the preservation of Australia's original words and ways of life.
|Language teachers should spend time abroad: Minister|
Spending time in a foreign country is the best way for language teachers to properly learn languages, says education minister
|Many chances to learn French|
It’s tough to get a leg up in this city without knowing both official languages. Most English-only speakers know how frustrating it is to see “bilingual” among the top requirements on a job posting.
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Tue, 19 Jan 2010
English language schools fear new visa rules
Mon, 18 Jan 2010
Puzzle of division between the Scottish and English language
Fri, 15 Jan 2010
Empty Compliments and the Language Learner
Tue, 12 Jan 2010
Research to find effects on brain of bilingualism
Mon, 21 Dec 2009
Assessing the Value of Dying Languages
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
Workplace language lessons can aid more than communication
Tue, 08 Dec 2009
Learning language the Karadi way
Mon, 07 Dec 2009
Education failure in any language
Fri, 27 Nov 2009
Language teachers should spend time abroad: Minister
Wed, 25 Nov 2009
Many chances to learn French
Wed, 21 Oct 2009
Having a Second Language
Mon, 19 Oct 2009
Learn A 'Foreign' Culture By Learning Another Language
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