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Teaching English as a Second Language

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Teaching English As a Second Language - As of June, 2013 there are 7,095,217,980 people in the world. - Native languages spoken by percentage of the world's population:  - Mandarin Chinese 12.44% -...
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UK Census: almost half of foreign-born population hold UK passports

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At least 46% of foreign-born residents in England and Wales are British citizens, according to the latest set of 2011 Census data
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Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative t...
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Is English improving lives in a remote Indonesian village?

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The thesis titled Teaching English in an “Acquisition-Poor Environment”: An ethnographic example of a remote Indonesian EFL classroom grapples with the question why compulsory English language teaching in Indonesian high schools has been such a failure.

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The Ten Commandments (of raising a bilingual child)

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What are some basic principles for raising children with good bilingual ability?
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Bilingual Brains – Smarter & Faster | Psychology Today

Bilingual Brains – Smarter & Faster | Psychology Today | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it
Better attention and cognition in children who grow up in bilingual settings. By Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed....
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50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language - TeachThought

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language - TeachThought | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it
Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of…...
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8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do

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The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do--and why it works.
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The 5 Biggest Trends In Higher Education Right Now | Edudemic

The 5 Biggest Trends In Higher Education Right Now | Edudemic | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it

Higher education continues to change at a rapid pace. There are many factors that are constantly causing this, such as the increase in population and the advancement in technology. There have been some very clear cut trends that have recently emerged in higher education. Here are a few along with an explanation of each of them:

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The five myths about contemporary classical music

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Contemporary classical music is devoid of melody and appeal, all noise and no fun. At least, that's the cliche.
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How Beginner's Luck Works and How You Can Reproduce It Anytime (Even If You're Not a Beginner)

How Beginner's Luck Works and How You Can Reproduce It Anytime (Even If You're Not a Beginner) | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it
At some point in your life you've won a game you've never played before or witnessed a young child say or create something with worldly depth.

It's well-explained in this quote from Buddhist monk and teacher Shunryu Suzuki:

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

http://www.ted.com Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His...
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Eastday-Chinese craze for English debated

A Chinese professor's blunt criticism of what he believes is an excessive craze for learning English has sparked heated debate among the public. People's mania for English learning has ...

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Imagine Adjustable Prescription Glasses | NY Times

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Adlens is about to introduce eyeglasses with both celebrity cachet and a technology that lets you adjust the prescription by turning a knob.

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5 Concerns About Children Becoming Bilingual Answered by Prof. Fred Genesee | Multilingual Living

5 Concerns About Children Becoming Bilingual Answered by Prof. Fred Genesee | Multilingual Living | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it
Prof. Fred Genesee answers these 5 top questions from parents and teachers about children becoming bilingual.
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COLUMBIA, SC - Students speaking in foreign tongues in language immersion courses - Education - TheState.com

COLUMBIA, SC - Students speaking in foreign tongues in language immersion courses - Education - TheState.com | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it
Dianne Mundo greeted a class of first-graders at Ballentine Elementary School with a cheery “Hola!” on Friday and immediately began immersing her small charges in the building blocks of Spanish.
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Speech Recognition Breakthrough for the Spoken, Translated Word

Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid demonstrates a speech recognition breakthrough via machine translation that converts his spoken English words into computer-generated Chinese language. The breakthrough is patterned after deep neural networks and significantly reduces errors in spoken as well as written translation.


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Will English Go the Way of Latin and Sanskrit? | Think Tank | Big Think

Will English Go the Way of Latin and Sanskrit? | Think Tank | Big Think | Interesting articles etc. | Scoop.it

One-fourth of the world's population can communicate in English with some level of proficiency. English has also emerged as the dominant language of academics. It is the dominant language of the Internet. It is indeed the dominant language of the knowledge economy. If you are an educated person in the 21st century, you speak English. In other words, English plays the same functional role that...

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Designing Web Apps for the iPad

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In this article, I will guide you through my creative process in which I developed a simple but useful iPad web app in just one weekend.
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17-year-olds’ facial recognition software signals death of passwords

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Two 17-year-olds from a Northside school in Dublin have created a new facial recognition system that website owners can deploy to allow their users to log in without having to remember passwords.

 

Viv.ie was created by students Niall Paterson and Sam Caulfield, who are studying for their Leaving Cert this year at Scoil Ris in Marino.

The technology works by taking a picture of your face and then analysing it against a database of registered users.

 

Curious how would the computer recognize one twin from another?


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Top 10 Ways to Access Blocked Stuff on The Web

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The web is a generally free place, but some sites and services want to make it annoying to navigate and enjoy. Stream any video you'd like, see the sites you need, and get at services you thought were down with these tips.
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