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Bill Gates: I feel stupid for only speaking English - CNET

Bill Gates: I feel stupid for only speaking English - CNET | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
"I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages. I took Latin and Greek in high school and got A's and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese."

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Comment: How English would be improved by adding the exclusive 'we'

Comment: How English would be improved by adding the exclusive 'we' | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

If you were redesigning English, and you could make it do anything that any other language in the world does, what would you change? In the video below, YouTuber Tom Scott talks about four fantastic features in other languages that he wishes were found in English.


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Nicos Sifakis's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:09 AM

Here's an interesting video to use with your class. Different learners can do different things with it (keep the input the same but differentiate tasks) -- any ideas?

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Bilingual children's noise advantage

Bilingual children's noise advantage | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
Children fluent in two languages are better at learning in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research finds.
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The final solution: Hindi has become what wonderful English once was - The Times of India

The final solution: Hindi has become what wonderful English once was - The Times of India | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

Hindi was something people used with cops, storekeepers, autowallas, drivers, pundits (the religious rather than the TV news channel variety) and domestic helps. English was spoken — and read — to ward off any odour of downmarketness. But everyone in cities comprehends English these days. Thankfully, you could still tell them apart by how they spoke it.


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Japan's English flavors the Cup

Japan's English flavors the Cup | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

In addition to Japan’s men’s soccer team suffering an upsetting loss in the first round of the World Cup, another disappointment occurred when a Japanese referee for the opening match between Brazil and Croatia, Yuichi Nishimura, made a controversial call. The Croatian team, which tried to protest the call, alleged after the match that Nishimura did not speak English well. The entire country of Japan, always embarrassed at their low level of English ability, surely cringed in unison. . . .


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Motivating kids to learn English is vital for the country's future growth - The Nation

Motivating kids to learn English is vital for the country's future growth - The Nation | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
Motivating kids to learn English is vital for the country's future growth The Nation ALREADY 40 per cent of Thailand's annual income is derived directly or indirectly from tourism and services related to it. To be able to offer...
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Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices

Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
An expanding flock of novelists is writing in second languages, enriching and expanding the literature of their host cultures.

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Morocco’s Minister of Education: French is No Longer Valid, English is the Solution

Morocco’s Minister of Education: French is No Longer Valid, English is the Solution | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi announced that the government is moving to boost the position of English in Moroccan universities, stressing that English is the language of scientific research, and it is believed to be the solution in Morocco’s education system

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Non-English speakers outperforming natives in exams

Non-English speakers outperforming natives in exams | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
In four of the seven local authorities in the region, pupils whose first language isn’t English outperform native speakers in getting 5 A*-C grades at GCSE

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Nicos Sifakis's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:08 PM

What were the odds?

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8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful

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There can be no native speaker of English: Linguist - The Times of India

There can be no native speaker of English: Linguist - The Times of India | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

If English is an international language, there can be no native speaker of the tongue, argued linguist Julian Edge here on Friday. ... English, emphasis is often on accuracy, fluency and the social appropriateness of certain forms. However, the flexibility to communicate with people who do not speak English exactly the way you were taught to speak is equally important.


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Why Every Tech Company Needs An English Major

Why Every Tech Company Needs An English Major | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

It's an increasingly tired meme that we need more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates. Of course we do. Research shows we need more qualified workers to accommodate an economy that's increasingly reliant on engineering skills. But there's something else we need: English majors. Why? Because as important as the technology is that powers our lives, businesses also depend on liberal arts-centric communicators to articulate why the technology matters. Indeed, every technology company, and certainly every startup trying to make its imprint on the world, needs English majors. Perhaps many.


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BBC Radio 4 - The Film Programme, A tour of the British Isles in accents

BBC Radio 4 - The Film Programme, A tour of the British Isles in accents | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
A dialect coach, Andrew Jack, gives a tour of the accents of the British Isles.
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Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues'

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues' | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
An interactive map shows what languages—apart from English—are most spoken at each underground stop.

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Nigeria: How Nigerian English May Cause You to Be Mistaken for a 419 Email Scammer

Nigeria: How Nigerian English May Cause You to Be Mistaken for a 419 Email Scammer | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

Have you ever sent an email to someone or some people in the United States, Canada, Britain or some other English-speaking Western country and didn't get a response? Well, it is entirely possible that your email didn't even make it to their inbox. If it did, it is also possible that certain uniquely Nigerian expressions in your email that were popularized in the West by Nigerian email scam artists triggered a scam alarm and caused you to be ignored. What are these "419 English" expressions that are like waving a red flag in front of a bull in the West?


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Nicos Sifakis's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:00 AM

Clearly, "the West" needs some serious ELF-aware training, and fast.

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Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are

Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
How can linguists and educators work together to help maintain the linguistic voices of the next Zora Neale Hurston or Albert Einstein while at the same time support students on the Common Core, SATs, GREs, and LSATs? In classrooms across the U.S., there are kids who speak a wide variety...
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English in the Global Village

English in the Global Village | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
Tourism has been found to be beneficial for minority language maintenance in a number of contexts from around the world. For instance, Anand Torrents Alcaraz has recently shown here on Language on ...
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Non-native English speakers may be judged unfairly in interrogations

Non-native English speakers may be judged unfairly in interrogations | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
Non-native English-speaking Hispanics may be viewed as lying more often when being questioned than native-speakers, according to a study by FIU psychologist

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Whose accent is better?

Whose accent is better? | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
In her blog this week Chia Suan Chong gives us a flavour of her ETp Live! talk by discussing the relevance placed on accents.
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Why some English words are controversial in China

Why some English words are controversial in China | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

Nowadays, if you eavesdrop on Chinese people's phone conversations, it is commonplace to hear English phrases popping up here and there, like "Okay", "Cool" and "Bye bye" . . .


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Which English? One that promotes understanding between countries and cultures

Which English? One that promotes understanding between countries and cultures | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
Warren Murray: Finding the right words to communicate effectively to a global audience is much more important than whether you put an 'ise' or 'ize' on the end

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8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful

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The Many Origins of the English Language

The Many Origins of the English Language | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it
In Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English, I examine how words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history. The above feature summarizes some of the main data from the book, focusing on the 14 sources that have given the most words to English, as reflected...

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Nicos Sifakis's curator insight, March 11, 2014 12:30 AM

This is a really interesting, informative and interactive display.

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How can World Englishes benefit from crowdsourcing? | OxfordWords blog

How can World Englishes benefit from crowdsourcing? | OxfordWords blog | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

One type of language that can potentially benefit from crowdsourced lexicography is World Englishes. One major stumbling block towards the balanced and comprehensive coverage of less widely used varieties of English in general-purpose dictionaries is the lack of textual evidence for them: published material in postcolonial English-speaking countries such as India, Singapore, and the Philippines still follow British or American standards, and there are as yet very few language corpora for these varieties that are large enough for lexicographical research. The crowdsourcing model can solve this problem by making it possible to gather word data for World Englishes directly from its speakers.


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Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills

Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills | EIL: Issues, practice and pedagogy | Scoop.it

The Laotian Ministry of Education and Sports and IIG Education are working together to boost English-language proficiency and information-technology skills among teachers and students to international standards.


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