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Language learning in the UK: 'can't, won't, don't' - Telegraph

Language learning in the UK: 'can't, won't, don't' - Telegraph | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
In terms of language learning, we’re a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool – anxious about diving in and not convinced of the joys of taking the plunge, writes John Worne
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Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda

Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
A book has attempted to an unlock ‘one of the funniest and strangest English varieties in the world’. Are you a Uglish speaker? Or fond of another type of colloquialisms? Tell us about it
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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 | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
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Gibbons chat like early humans say scientists

Gibbons chat like early humans say scientists | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Scientists may have discovered a form of language used by animals, similar to that used by our own ancestors.
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Top 10 Christmas presents for language learners - in pictures

Top 10 Christmas presents for language learners - in pictures | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
If someone you know has learning a language as a New Year’s resolution, here are few ideas for a perfect gift to help them on their way
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Community languages not supported in UK education system, survey suggests

Community languages not supported in UK education system, survey suggests | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Despite the fact almost one in five young people have a first language other than English, research reveals their skills go unsupported and unrecognised by exam system
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Do regional dialects have any place in the modern world?

Do regional dialects have any place in the modern world? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
One afternoon this summer, my geologist dad and I were biking around the ruins of 18th- and 19th-century mines in west Cornwall. It is not such an unusual activity in my family, my father having spent his life working in mining, but what was unusual were the names of the places we were criss-crossing. The likes of: Wheal Jane, Wheal Rose, and my favourite, Wheal Busy. They sounded like a gaggle of elderly aunts, and I asked my dad ( who had a Cumbrian father and Cornish mother) what the words me
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China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control

China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Officials say casual alteration of idioms risks nothing less than ‘cultural and linguistic chaos’, despite their common usage
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Do young people care about learning foreign languages?

Do young people care about learning foreign languages? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Guardian survey shows what young people think about language learning. Here are the five key points
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Why Bilingual Education Should Be Mandatory

Why Bilingual Education Should Be Mandatory | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
By implementing bilingual options even younger, K-12 students stand to benefit long-term -- both academically and in life. There really should be no reason why these students are not introduced to a second language as early as Kindergarten....
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Language lessons need 'new life'

Language lessons need 'new life' | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it

Language teachers should aim beyond "functional phrasebook competence" and encourage self-expression in pupils, a leading headmistress is to say.

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Divine words: what role does language learning play in religious practice?

Divine words: what role does language learning play in religious practice? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
For many, developing an understanding of a religion extends to learning its associated language. We spoke to speakers of Arabic, Hebrew and Tibetan
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A language family tree - in pictures

A language family tree - in pictures | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Minna Sundberg’s illustration maps the relationships between Indo-European and Uralic languages
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Reindeer herders, an app and the fight to save a language

Reindeer herders, an app and the fight to save a language | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
After decades of prejudice in Sweden, Ume Sami is spoken by fewer than 50 people. Today the last speakers have turned to technology to revive the indigenous language
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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 | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
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Me, myself or I? Why it's hard to use pronouns in the right way

Me, myself or I? Why it's hard to use pronouns in the right way | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that in the sentence “Jane is washing her”, the pronoun “her” cannot refer back to Jane. Over the last four decades, researchers have established that adults reject the interpretation of…
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How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
From talking on the phone for the first time to using local slang and being faced with a wall of laughter, Erica Buist on how to get over some of the most painful language mistakes
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Ten ways to support community languages in the UK

Ten ways to support community languages in the UK | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
How can schools and communities better value and develop the skills of bilingual children? Our experts share their thoughts
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Surreal in translation: Matt Lindley and Marcus Oakley's foreign proverbs – in pictures

Surreal in translation: Matt Lindley and Marcus Oakley's foreign proverbs – in pictures | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
The cat is out of the bag: proverbs sound odd when they’re translated. Writer Matt Lindley and artist Marcus Oakley have turned them into illustrations, writes Kathryn Bromwich
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Eddie Izzard named public language champion

Eddie Izzard named public language champion | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Guardian readers recognise the stand-up comedian’s longstanding commitment to languages
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‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals

‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
MRI scans show Chinese adoptees to French-speaking Canadian families retain ‘unconscious’ knowledge of their mother tongue
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What can we learn from efforts to save an ancient South American language?

What can we learn from efforts to save an ancient South American language? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Quechua dates back to the Incas and is spoken from Columbia to Chile. We speak to a specialist in Quechua about the fight to preserve the 2,000 year old language
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Uganda Rewrites Language Rules With Spelling Bee

Uganda Rewrites Language Rules With Spelling Bee | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Language in Uganda is being revamped to remove inconsistencies and add rules. One way in which language experts are deploying these changes is through the country's first local-language spellin...
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Live Q&A: how can we better support community languages?

Live Q&A: how can we better support community languages? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
There are hundreds of languages spoken across the UK. How can we capitalise on their educational, economic and cultural value? Join us on 14 November, 1-3pm BST, to discuss
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