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Language learning: it really is harder to teach old dogs new tricks

Language learning: it really is harder to teach old dogs new tricks | Language News | Scoop.it
Language learning: it really is harder to teach old dogs new tricks | via @telegraph https://t.co/nRetZJNshH
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Bilingual babies are smarter, study finds

Bilingual babies are smarter, study finds | Language News | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle found the development actually starts by the time babies are 11 months old and ready to say their first words.
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What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

What happens in the brain when you learn a language? | Language News | Scoop.it
Scans and neuroscience are helping scientists understand what happens to the brain when you learn a second language
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Fun Languages - Australia - Why Choose LCF Fun Languages? Are We Worth The Journey?

Fun Languages - Australia - Why Choose LCF Fun Languages? Are We Worth The Journey? | Language News | Scoop.it

With the increasing demand for children to learn another language (and a concomitant rise in the number of language learning providers), why should you choose LCF Fun Languages to teach your child another language?

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Fun Languages - Australia - Thoughts From A Travelling Club Manager

Fun Languages - Australia - Thoughts From A Travelling Club Manager | Language News | Scoop.it

Language learning in general is a great example of both satisfying the thirst for knowledge that all children have, helping them to develop a better understanding of the world in which they live, and maybe, one day it will allow them a lovely shared moment with a stranger in another country.

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Fun Languages - Australia - Taking the Plunge ... In French ... In Bendigo!

Fun Languages - Australia - Taking the Plunge ... In French ... In Bendigo! | Language News | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to learn another language is to find yourself into situations where you are forced to use the language. And this is exactly what happened at the end of last term for our French club in Bendigo, Regional Victoria!
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Why Learning A Language Could Save Your Career

Why Learning A Language Could Save Your Career | Language News | Scoop.it
Being fluent can help you stand out at work or find a job.
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Can Dying Languages Be Saved?

Can Dying Languages Be Saved? | Language News | Scoop.it
Linguists and activists are struggling to preserve endangered languages—and even to resurrect extinct ones.

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Gracie Marcoux's curator insight, March 24, 2015 2:38 AM

The article basically goes over how losing languages is tragic, then goes over several back stories on how ancestors are ashamed of their heritage and hence they refuse to pass on their traditions; then, several bookworm geniuses discover their ancestry and are like, "Yay, let's learn a new language today." So that's what they do. 

This applies to the language sector in Unit 2 because it's literally about language. How could it not pertain to language? The loss of language is dangerous. And yes, we're learning this. But it may be too late already...

Olaf Husby's curator insight, March 24, 2015 4:16 PM

Man forventer en halvering av antallet språk i løpet av dette århundret.

Liz Curtis's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:35 AM

random but interesting!

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American Students Opting Out of Foreign Languages Are Making a Mistake - US News

American Students Opting Out of Foreign Languages Are Making a Mistake - US News | Language News | Scoop.it
American students are making a mistake by opting out of foreign language courses.
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Learning a second language from late childhood still boosts brainpower: study

Learning a second language from late childhood still boosts brainpower: study | Language News | Scoop.it
Plenty of research has shown that learning a second language can boost brainpower, but a new study suggests that the effects extend to those who begin in middle childhood.
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Monolingual Kiwis a risk to the economy - National - NZ Herald News

Monolingual Kiwis a risk to the economy - National - NZ Herald News | Language News | Scoop.it
New Zealand's monolingualism could inhibit our chances of becoming a more globally responsive nation, according to AUT's Associate Professor Sharon Harvey.

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Noeline Wright's curator insight, April 20, 2015 6:02 PM

food for thought! #edchatnz

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Being bilingual really does boost brain power - Daily Mail

Being bilingual really does boost brain power - Daily Mail | Language News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Kent found 'higher levels of structural integrity' in the brain were in areas responsible for language learning and semantic processing for those who knew a second language.
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Reindeer herders, an app and the fight to save a language - The Guardian

Reindeer herders, an app and the fight to save a language - The Guardian | Language News | 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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Students should learn second language to prevent dementia in later life

Students should learn second language to prevent dementia in later life | Language News | Scoop.it
Researchers claim languages should be a requirement for any kind of degree as bilingualism
could protect the brain in later life
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A tale of two brains is more fiction than fact

A tale of two brains is more fiction than fact | Language News | Scoop.it
Myths about left brain and right brain functioning stereotype children's capabilities and limit what parents and teachers expect of them.
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Let’s get in harmony and celebrate

Let’s get in harmony and celebrate | Language News | Scoop.it
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The day’s central message is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.
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Great article in The Advertiser, highlighting our Fun Languages lessons for kids in Wollongong and Illawarra Region for #HarmonyDay.
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Fun Languages - Australia - Spanish And Mandarin Learning Labs at University of Wollongong

Fun Languages - Australia - Spanish And Mandarin Learning Labs at University of Wollongong | Language News | Scoop.it
Some of the Illawarra’s brightest young stars spent two days in January at the University of Wollongong absorbing new cultures and languages through the prestigious In2Uni Little and Early Learning Labs
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Forget Mandarin - French to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050

Forget  Mandarin - French to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050 | Language News | Scoop.it

They've been defensive for decades in preserving the purity of the language of love from the threat of globalisation. 
But now it seems all will have paid off for the French, whose language is set to become the world's most spoken language by 2050, thanks to growing francophone populations in sub-Saharan Africa.
While most eager English-language parents are hiring Mandarin-speaking nannies in a bid to ensure their children ahead of the game, a study by investment bank Natixis, says we should get back to the classroom and brush up on our French.
While the top languages in the world today are Mandarin, English, Spanish, and Arabic, Natixis has produced figures that show French will be number one in 35 years time.  
The latest projection is that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050, compared to 220 million people in 2010.
According to the National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), Africa will see its population grow from 800 million to 4.5 billion in 2100. 
'Currently, 3 per cent of the world's population speak French, which is an official language in 32 countries, but the study says the share will increase to 8 per cent.
The most people that speak French, do not live in France and are not French nationals.
Critics say the study is misleading, as it counts all those inhabitants of French-speaking countries (where French is an official language).


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The Benefits of Learning a New Language as a Preventive Measure for Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Care Daily

The Benefits of Learning a New Language as a Preventive Measure for Alzheimer's - Alzheimers Care Daily | Language News | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans live with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease.
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Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently | Language News | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that people who speak more than one language literally see the world differently, ScienceMag reveals. Researchers have found that depending on the primary language spoken, pe...
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Six ways Australia’s education system is failing our kids

Six ways Australia’s education system is failing our kids | Language News | Scoop.it
AMID debates about budget cuts and the rising costs of schools and degrees, there is one debate receiving alarmingly little attention in Australia.
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#3. Australian education is monolingual!

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France's language protectors drop stance against English

France's language protectors drop stance against English | Language News | Scoop.it
Guardians of the French language have dropped their famously fierce blockade against invading English words and are now welcoming them for enriching -- rather than threatening -- the lexicon.

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The Benefits of Learning a Language Later in Life | Language News

The Benefits of Learning a Language Later in Life | Language News | Language News | Scoop.it
There is no magical age at which it is no longer possible to learn a foreign language. This post explores cognitive benefits of learning a language as an adult.
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Learning a second language after age 10 boosts brain

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Learning a second language after age 10 boosts brain http://t.co/g5cvTbfhJB http://t.co/SnntaW2k2d
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Why English, Not Mandarin, Is the Language of Innovation - HBR

Why English, Not Mandarin, Is the Language of Innovation - HBR | Language News | Scoop.it
It’s the standard for global business, information exchange, and technology.
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