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South Africa: Western Cape Mourns the Death of Language Pioneer - MEC Ivan Meyer

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It is with great sadness that just as South Africa is finally about to finalise the South African Language Users Act, we learn of the death of Dr Neville Alexander. Dr Alexander will be remembered for his pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning in South Africa. He has been influential in respect of language policy development with various government departments, including Education.

Neville Alexander was a member of the Western Cape Language Committee, since its inception in 1999 to 2005. He was one of the key members responsible for the conceptualisation and formulation of the Western Cape Language Policy which was launched on International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2005. He was a specialist in the field of multilingualism and mother tongue education, and was one of the key note speakers at the Conference on Multilingualism held on 20 February 2012.

In my personal discussion with him during this symposium, I was struck by his commitment to multilingualism in a diverse society. I will remember him as an independent and lateral thinker on language and cultural rights. He devoted more than twenty years of his professional life to defend and preserve multilingualism in South Africa and became one of the major advocates of linguistic diversity.

Neville Alexander will be sorely missed.

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How philosophy can transform you - Daily Life

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How philosophy can transform you
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He showed how words are very old tools that have been broken up and reassembled and reused, and how our confused and messy language is often not robust enough to talk through deep issues.
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Knee Deep in Spanish | Nicaragua Living

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The Russians taught many different other language users Russian and worked out ways to teach Russian phonemes (basic sounds of the language), including some rather detailed posters about where parts of one's mouth needed to be to produce Russian...
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Importance of Languages - Education Quizzes

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learning-language When a child is growing up in the world, it is always a wise choice to expose them to as many different experiences and lessons as you humanly can. One of which is the joy and curiosity of a second ...
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When Trees Die, People Die

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The curious connection between an invasive beetle that has destroyed over 100 million trees, and subsequent heart disease and pneumonia in human populations nearby

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"Environmental psychologists Rachel and Stephen Kaplan attributed nature's apparent restorative ability to something they termed "soft fascination": Natural scenes, they theorized, are almost effortlessly able to capture people's attention and lull them into a sort of hypnotic state where negative thoughts and emotions are overtaken by a positive sense of well-being. Indeed, an analysis of numerous studies in BMC Public Health found evidence for natural environments having "direct and positive impacts on well-being," in the form of reduced anger and sadness. "

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US Education: The Age of Wisdom and Foolishness - Huffington Post

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US Education: The Age of Wisdom and Foolishness Huffington Post Expertise: We know that teachers increase their expertise and remain in schools when they have structured opportunities to collaborate to learn from colleagues and experts and when...
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Three psychological and motivational theories legitimate an open project-based approach in learning and assessment. A whole branch of alternative assessment has been created on this model.  Three psychological theories illuminate why this approach is so powerful to motivate students: (1) self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1986), (2) attribution theory (Weiner, 1986), and (3) self-determination theory (Deci, Vallerand, Pelletier & Ryan, 1991). According to all three motivation theories, open projects increase the dynamics of learning tremendously because they benefit from students’ intrinsic motivation. See more: http://www.deepapproach.com/topics/deepmotivation.html

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How much 'value' can teachers really add to student achievement? - Washington Post

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How much 'value' can teachers really add to student achievement?
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His work has written for the English Journal of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Language Experience Forum Journal and for this blog.
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The concept of “depth” in education emerged from a variety of disciplines, with the recognition that continuing business as usual didn’t make sense within the current state of affaires in Education. Current shallow teaching and learning practices need to be interrupted. New formats should be explored for Education at large. See more: http://www.deepapproach.com/topics/deepeducation.html

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Do Language Policies Contribute to Poverty and Underdevelopment?

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In the least developed countries, language policy should aim to increase education, economic productivity, and social cohesion, yet many countries have policies that work against these aims.


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Over particularly the last few centuries, polyglottism transformed into a situation where languages have struggled against other languages for the power of dictating the cultural norms of conduct in their locations. Present day schools are among the most powerful places for the enactment of the dominant language ideologies. Their systemic lack of concern for linguistic variety suggests that school systems currently have social control rather than personal and social emancipation as their major goal. Schools create hierarchies of language by valuing the dominant language. This explains LANGUAGE SHIFT. Visit: http://www.languageeducationpolicy.org/thefieldoflanguage/socialjusticepractice.html

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Mapping Applied Linguistics - Free resources

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Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners provides an innovative and wide-ranging introduction to the full scope of applied linguistics.

 

Incorporating both socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives, the book maps the diverse and constantly expanding range of theories, methods and issues faced by students and practitioners alike. Practically oriented and ideally suited to students new to the subject area, the book provides in-depth coverage of:

language teaching and education, literacy and language disorderslanguage variation and world Englisheslanguage policy and planninglexicography and forensic linguisticsmultilingualism and translation.

Including real data and international examples, the book features further reading and exercises in each chapter, fieldwork suggestions and a full glossary of key terms. 


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That's the book blurb, but it's the companion website I'm flagging.  Links, references, activities, community, and a PDF of the introduction

http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/hall/downloads/chSample.pdf with a debunking of all those language-related myths people need to get past in order to learn and teach languages effectively.

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A-level languages: is Britain at risk of turning into a nation of monoglots? - The Guardian

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A-level languages: is Britain at risk of turning into a nation of monoglots?
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Advances in education: How to teach | The Economist

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Learning English: Johnson: How hard is English? ... Finland, Poland, South Korea and China are all homogeneous societies with hundreds of years of common culture, language, ethnicity and religious beliefs.
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Universities seek greater enrollment from abroad - China Daily

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Universities seek greater enrollment from abroad China Daily Sang Peng, president of the Beijing Overseas-Study Service Association, said, "To my knowledge, about 60 percent of the foreign students come to China to study the language, which is not...
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Gwyneth Paltrow 'believes that the English education ... - Celebitchy

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Goop's deep thoughts on education ... Granted, I had an American public school education and my mother is a public school teacher, so I have a bias about people disrespecting American education out of hand.
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Steven J. Athanas' love for English language shows in art - Toledo Free Press

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Steven J. Athanas' love for English language shows in art Toledo Free Press Athanas' self-proclaimed love of the English language is evident with his new show “Addendum to Zilch.” The show includes a variety of mediums but Athanas said not to look...
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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning - The Atlantic

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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning
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They argue that memorization exercises the brain and even fuels deep insights.
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CHANAKAYA NITI SHASTRA complete Chapter 1 to 16 - SpeakingTree (blog)

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CHANAKAYA NITI SHASTRA complete Chapter 1 to 16
SpeakingTree (blog)
Let not a single day pass without your learning a verse, half a verse, or a fourth of it, or even one letter of it; nor without attending to charity, study and other pious activity.
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Sanskrit Language II - SpeakingTree (blog)

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Sanskrit Language II
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In connection with my previous blog Sanskrit Language:http://www.speakingtree.in/public/spiritual-blogs/s eekers/philosophy/sanskrit-language, I found this very relevant posting which you will enjoy.
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Freedom According to the Zapatistas: The Launch of the Escuelita - Upside Down World

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Freedom According to the Zapatistas: The Launch of the Escuelita
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All students in the escuelita were received at the CIDECI, an autonomous indigenous learning center based in San Cristobal de las Casas.
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The transdisciplinary project challenges the spiritual and material self-destruction of the human species (Charter, online). It considers that life on earth is seriously threatened by the triumph of a techno-science that obeys only the terrible logic of productivity for productivity's sake. Consequently, increasing quantitative knowledge and increasingly impoverished inner identity lead to the rise of obscurantism with huge personal and social consequences. Read more: http://www.deepapproach.com/topics/transdisciplinarity.html

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If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. - The Slatest

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If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.
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Knowledge is not separate from its epistemological and metaphysical roots, cultural concepts and meanings are negotiated within epistemological boundaries and ontological realities (Skutnabb-Kangas, 2009). Language plays a role in individual and collective identity, as well as prosperity and dignity. See more: http://www.languageeducationpolicy.org/thefieldoflanguage/worldviewcultureidentity.html

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Daily Kos: Challenging racial inequities

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The acquisition of learning tools to initiate the often uncomfortable dialogues and conversations that lead to deeper understanding and self-awareness about how racism and privilege affect each of us individually and societally is an ...
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If humanity were to recognize the value and need for multilingualism for the many stakeholders, the question of Indigenous language revitalization through prestige planning, status elevation, and language in education policies to allow for this would be a priority and a reality. The massive loss of languages has not occurred on this scale in known human history.

 

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South Africa: Western Cape Mourns the Death of Language Pioneer - MEC Ivan Meyer

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PRESS RELEASE

It is with great sadness that just as South Africa is finally about to finalise the South African Language Users Act, we learn of the death of Dr Neville Alexander. Dr Alexander will be remembered for his pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning in South Africa. He has been influential in respect of language policy development with various government departments, including Education.

Neville Alexander was a member of the Western Cape Language Committee, since its inception in 1999 to 2005. He was one of the key members responsible for the conceptualisation and formulation of the Western Cape Language Policy which was launched on International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2005. He was a specialist in the field of multilingualism and mother tongue education, and was one of the key note speakers at the Conference on Multilingualism held on 20 February 2012.

In my personal discussion with him during this symposium, I was struck by his commitment to multilingualism in a diverse society. I will remember him as an independent and lateral thinker on language and cultural rights. He devoted more than twenty years of his professional life to defend and preserve multilingualism in South Africa and became one of the major advocates of linguistic diversity.

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Greater effort needed to promote Japanese-language learning abroad - The Japan News

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Greater effort needed to promote Japanese-language learning abroad
The Japan News
The report also wants to make it easier for young people abroad to learn Japanese. ...
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How the 'reading wars' are being reignited - Washington Post

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How the 'reading wars' are being reignited
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Both of these refer to ratings published in June by a group called the National Council on Teacher Quality of teacher education schools. The NCTQ was ...
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Success in school depends on student's metacognition - Las Cruces Sun-News

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Success in school depends on student's metacognition
Las Cruces Sun-News
... prepares students for the rigors of a college-level education.
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PBL for 21st Century Success: A book review from the field - The ...

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Deborah R. Esparza specializes in advancing PBL within ELL classrooms and the assessment of educational programs that promote 21st Century Skills and Deeper Learning outcomes. She is Vice President of the ...
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Weingarten: The promise of public education for all is 'under assault' - Washington Post

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Weingarten: The promise of public education for all is 'under assault'
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And some are using the nation's failure to achieve that goal as an excuse to abandon it—to deep-six the entire franchise.
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