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In a recent article titled ‘Secret Military Test, Coming Soon to Your Spanish Class’ in the science magazine Nautilus, Michael Erard summarizes the research behind a new test developed at the University of Maryland to predict a person’s ability to learn ...

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Fascinating piece in yesterday's Guardian that discusses the latest academic research that shows music training plays a key role in the development of a foreign language in its grammar, colloquialisms and vocabulary. According to a recent study cited in t...

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The uptake of language degrees at British universities is falling but as this recent article in the Guardian demonstrates the news is not all bad. The University of the East of London is one of a growing number of institutions to run free weekly language ...

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The aftermath of the decline of languages at GCSE continues with a story on the BBC News Magazine web site which explores some of the key reasons for this. Language learning expert Paul Noble, who teaches French and Spanish on CDs by Collins, makes a tell...

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The new baccalaureate qualification proposed by the UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove, could be a positive initiative for foreign languages. According to the Guardian, The "English bac" would not replace GCSEs, but would be a certificate to reward pupi...

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Further to yesterday's article about the decline of languages as a subject at GCSE and A Level in the UK, another one in today's Telegraph which looks at the rationale for why languages are important in the school curriculum. The writer makes the business...

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The number of children leaving school with a decent grasp of foreign languages has plummeted to a record low in the UK, according to an article in today's Telegraph. For the first time, French no longer appears in a list of the 10 most popular subjects...

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Good to see an article in Exec Digital about the business need for languages that pulls no punches. The article points out that the old adage, 'You can buy in your own language but you must sell in the language of your customer' is illustrated by UK expor...

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Raising Bilingual Kids

20 May 2010 11:24:20

Does foreign language learning promote child development? According to a blog post on Babble, new studies suggests that kids who grow up with two languages are better at certain tests of "executive function" — a crucial skill that allows us to pay attenti...

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Imaginative school trips could be the secret weapon to increased take-up of languages at secondary school level. According to The Guardian a growing number of links between sporting organisations and education are making it possible for language students ...

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