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Why Technology Is Key to Overcoming the Language Barrier - Mashable

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Why Technology Is Key to Overcoming the Language BarrierMashableA language pair will usually only be developed if it is commercially viable, and the market tends to dictate which language pairs get developed first.
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Case highlights shortage of court interpreters in Hawaii | The Olympian - The Olympian

Case highlights shortage of court interpreters in Hawaii | The Olympian - The Olympian | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
HONOLULU (AP) —
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shortages not restricted to UK!

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Bangladeshi family cooks up success in Hungary – in any language - UNHCR (press release)

Bangladeshi family cooks up success in Hungary – in any language - UNHCR (press release) | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
The Ali family's lifetime on the run in search of safety came to an end in Budapest – where they have put their culinary and linguistic talents to good use.
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highlights the importance of #multilingualism

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La Semaine de la langue française célèbrera les mots venus d'ailleurs

La Semaine de la langue française célèbrera les mots venus d'ailleurs | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
L'édition 2015 de la Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie, du 14 au 22 mars, illustrera la capacité du français à accueillir des mots venus d'ailleurs, tels "chiffre" et "zéro", issus du mot "sifr" emprunté à l'arabe. Elle se déroulera dans 70 pays, à travers 1.500 événements: expositions, ateliers d'écriture, animations, spectacles, concours, dictées, ou slam.

Via Elena Pérez
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languages evolve and reflect the many influences of other cultures #speak2future

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For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Multi-linguals might also be better decision-makers. According to a new study, they are more resistant to conditioning and framing techniques, making them less likely to be swayed by such language in advertisements or political campaign speeches.

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flea palmer's curator insight, October 23, 2014 4:50 AM

Interesting article - learning another language can also delay dementia.

Deborah Davison's curator insight, October 25, 2014 11:01 PM

Very interesting article. It's time for me to get back to learning French.

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Language courses pay dividends for vineyard workers, businesses - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Language courses pay dividends for vineyard workers, businesses
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Agricultural businesses and wine producers like Sonoma-Cutrer are trying to close the language gap in vineyards, warehouses and farms throughout the county.
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the US taking foreign languages more seriously. 

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Is Music a Language? - Pacific Standard

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Is Music a Language?
Pacific Standard
At Johns Hopkins University, a team of researchers recently came up with a way to study the neurological basis of musical exchange by watching the brain activity of jazz improvisors.
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Less people in NZ studying languages - 3News NZ

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Less people in NZ studying languages
3News NZ
Experts are warning that a country that only learns its own language could face big problems down the track. Hanatour in Takapuna is an international Korean travel company.
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fewer people!

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UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn

UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council today.
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Don't poke fun at Indian accents, tourism chiefs tell British hotels - Telegraph.co.uk

Don't poke fun at Indian accents, tourism chiefs tell British hotels - Telegraph.co.uk | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Don't poke fun at Indian accents, tourism chiefs tell British hotels Telegraph.co.uk While Belgians should not be asked about their country's politics or language divisions, a Japanese tourist should never be told 'no' directly but...
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interesting approach - but isn't it better to support English people in becoming more respectful and increasing their understanding of "otherness"

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Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart? - WWNO

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Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?
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And what will happen is that if - when you imagine two large language communities living next door to each other, one of those languages is continually sort of outcompeting the other.
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interesting insights from science

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Teachers increase use of social media as a learning tool - N.C. State University Technician Online

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Teachers increase use of social media as a learning tool
N.C.
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these users found relative advantage and thought carefully about which tools were most appropriate for them.

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Teresa MacKinnon's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:18 AM

the core messages of #web2llp are here too.

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Sketchnote Lesson: Metaphors

Sketchnote Lesson: Metaphors | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
A fun way to build your visual vocabulary is to explore metaphors and clichés. While you should minimize the use of clichés in writing, they frequently show up in speech, and drawing them can make your sketchnotes more visually interesting.
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a creative suggestion to help with remembering expressions, this could be used in #mfl too

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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter...

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter... | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Great tips. MT @justintarte: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter: http://t.co/aMahH2cLiN #ce13 #EdTech
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great tips to get you started with twitter.

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Learning without limits

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Grouping by ability holds children back argues headteacher Alison Peacock, whose school went from failing to outstanding when the whole staff worked to ban limiting beliefs about fixed abilities and fixed futures and became a listening school...
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arising from Cambridge Uni research, worth exploring.

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Communication Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Communication Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Communication is at the core of almost everything we do. If you want to build better communication skills, a good first step is identifying and avoiding these common problems.
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5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog

5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
,This post is for educators who want to learn more about heutagogy and implement strategies that empower lifelong learners online.

Via Ramiro Aduviri Velasco, juandoming
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on heutagogy

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Heutagogía: empoderando al aprendiz

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Success in International Business through Effective Communication

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The importance of language and culture is often underplayed or overlooked in international business, yet they can form a significant barrier to effective international communication.
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Schools need to vary language teaching amid 'predominance of French', report ... - Irish Times

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Schools need to vary language teaching amid 'predominance of French', report ...
Irish Times
The document also suggests reforms in further and higher education, and greater take-up of foreign exchange programmes.
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Conclusions from Irish consultation.
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Social media boon to those with speech-language difficulties - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Social media boon to those with speech-language difficulties - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | Speak to the future | Scoop.it
Social media boon to those with speech-language difficulties Scoop.co.nz (press release) Dr Bowen is also involved in the International Communication Project 2014 which aims to highlight the importance of human communication and how communication...
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America Has a New Language - Guardian Liberty Voice

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Guardian Liberty Voice
America Has a New Language
Guardian Liberty Voice
Many foreign language advocates have stressed the value of language learning, which they believe helps to expand cultural understanding.
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I would think that a combination of foreign language study and computer programming language study would be preferable.

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New standards for autism support unveiled - Nursery World (subscription)

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New standards for autism support unveiled
Nursery World (subscription)
In England it is estimated that one in 100 people suffer from an autistic spectrum disorder, which can impair social interaction and communication.
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English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul - The Japan Times

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English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul The Japan Times Robert Aspinall, a professor at Shiga University and author of the 2012 book “International Education Policy in Japan in an Age of Globalisation and Risk,” describes his...
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International students: how to teach them alongside native speakers - The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog)
International students: how to teach them alongside native speakers
The Guardian (blog)
Teaching students for whom English is a second language can be a highly rewarding experience, resulting in a cultural learning exchange.
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Lack of language skills hurts our employment chances - Irish Independent

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Lack of language skills hurts our employment chances
Irish Independent
... been very successful at promoting language learning.
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