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How much can we rely on translation software? - Telegraph.co.uk

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How much can we rely on translation software?
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... a text, but also cultural subtleties, double meanings, and local slang.
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Quote - "As an ESL teacher, I witness a handful of student essays each semester that have been run through some kind of translator. I think every language teacher will agree when I say that yes, we can always tell. Often, hefty portions of the text are just incomprehensible."

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IELTS and newspapers -

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Advice on and how and why to use newspapers to improve reading and vocabulary skills for IELTS, with suggested practice exercises and useful links

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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 2014 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

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Why too much sleep could be bad for you

Why too much sleep could be bad for you | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
It's widely assumed that the ideal amount of sleep is eight hours each night - but some experts now say that could be too much, and may actually be unhealthy.
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New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years

New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A remarkable new map of Britain shows how the nation was forged by successive waves of immigration from continental Europe over 10,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age.
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Millennials Rely On Social Media For News

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Today's younger generation has a reputation of being glued to the cellphones and tablets. It's where they chat with their friends, find out the latest hot spots in town and, believe it or not, keep up with the world. In their own way, of course.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 20, 4:17 AM

Savvy broadcast and media companies are putting more emphasis on social networks to keep the public informed.  Recent studies have shown that the "younger generation" will keep up with the news and public events if they are presented well on social media.  Even print outlets such as newspapers and magazines are publishing digital editions to appeal to younger audiences equipped with social media tools.  The communications future has arrived!  Aloha, Russ.

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News should be centre stage in any relevant business qualification
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What’s the secret to learning a second language?

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Studies reveal it's more than just a matter of memory. A look at what the science of recall can teach us
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Over-testing kids is not the answer: Here’s how we really spark creativity

Over-testing kids is not the answer: Here’s how we really spark creativity | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Too often we squelch curiosity in favor of tests, compliance and discipline. Education doesn't have to be that way
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Noam Chomsky Talks About How Kids Acquire Language & Ideas in an Animated Video by Michel Gondry

Noam Chomsky Talks About How Kids Acquire Language & Ideas in an Animated Video by Michel Gondry | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
These days Noam Chomsky is probably most famous for his consistent, outspoken criticism of U.S. foreign policy. Yet before the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, Chomsky became internationally famous for proposing a novel solution to an age-old question: what does a baby know?
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Feel the beat: how rhythm shapes the way we use and understand language

Feel the beat: how rhythm shapes the way we use and understand language | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Stress-timing and meters aren’t merely the stuff of poetry – their everyday use in conversation and song reveals a fundamental pattern in language skills
Do you feel the rhythm?
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Secrets of learning a language — quickly

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Your dream job awaits — if you can quickly pick up a language. Here’s how to do it quickly.
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Children warned to not listen to music for more than one hour a day

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Teenagers and young adults should listen to music on headphones for no more than one hour per day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
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Will technology replace teachers? No, but ...

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In the future, will a machine replace me and smash other machines on my behalf? I've worked on, advised and evaluated educational technology projects in dozens of countries over the past fifteen years, mainly in middle and low income countries. As anyone who works intimately with information and communication technologies (ICTs) on a daily basis knows, change is a constant when working in the technology sector. (In contrast, while rhetoric about change is a constant in the education sector, change itself is much slower in coming ....) While the technologies themselves may change quite often, though, many of the most common questions related to their introduction and use remain largely the same. --- I remember working with teachers in Ghana in the late 1990s as part of a pilot initiative to introduce computers and the Internet into a select number of schools in a few of the major cities. Towards the end of the third day of a five day workshop, we had a teacher show up at the door to our classroom, apologizing for his tardiness and asking if he could join the course. He explained that he had traveled for a few days to reach the small school outside Accra where out training activity was taking place, hitching rides on trucks and then transferring between long haul buses, because he had heard about this thing called the Internet that was going to "change education forever" and just had to see it for himself. Given how many people had wanted to take the course, we had a strict policy not to allow latecomers into the workshop, but we waived it for this gentlemen, because we were so taken by his story and by the hardship he had endured to join us. We waived the policy for another reason as well. It is decidedly not politically correct to say so, but we also allowed this teacher into the class because he was ... old. He claimed to be over 70, but said he wasn't exactly sure of his exact birthdate, other than that it had occurred on a Friday. While my Ghanaian colleagues expressed some skepticism that this fellow was actually as old as he claimed, there was no doubt that he was decades older than any of us in the room. He was an English teacher, he said, noting that he had heard that it was possible to get access to all of Shakespeare's plays on the Internet, for free, and wanted to see how this was possible. A computer became available (the teachers using it had been frustrated that poor bandwidth kept interrupting their CU-SeeMe session and so decided to return to the dormitory before dinner), so we sat down, fired up Alta Vista, and typed in

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The invisible downside of cheating in life

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People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.
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Britain Uncovered survey results: the attitudes and beliefs of Britons in 2015

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With three weeks until Britain goes to the polls, the Observer gauges the mood of the nation: Britons’ views on jobs, housing and immigration
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Near death, explained

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New science is shedding light on what really happens during out-of-body experiences -- with shocking results.
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Decoding the Rules of Conversation

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The French love to land zingers. The British live in the land of irony. And Americans? It’s all about reassurance.
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21 Amazing Analogies Used By English Students

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Featured Video ► Posties On Wheels
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Homework is making our kids miserable: Why the classroom staple is a colossal waste of time

Homework is making our kids miserable: Why the classroom staple is a colossal waste of time | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Research suggests it offers little to no benefit to elementary school students. Now parents are a taking a stand
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Here's how to outsmart any multiple-choice test

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Ideally, multiple-choice exams would be random, without patterns of right or wrong answers. However, all tests are written by humans, and human nature makes it impossible for any test to be truly random.

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Juergen Wagner
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BBC - Mind your language! Swearing around the world

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What makes a word profane, and how does cursing vary from place to place? James Harbeck explains. Warning: contains very strong language.
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Deep Learning, The Forum - BBC World Service

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From speech recognition to computer vision, can Deep Learning transform our world?
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Noam Chomsky on Language Aquisition - YouTube

How is it that we learn to speak and think in language so easily? Philosophers have argued about whether or not we have innate ideas. Whether we are born kno...

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Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

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From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report.
A woman named Frances Jensen is a neuroscientist. She has been studying the human brain for almost all of her career.
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