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LRA Releases Report on Dyslexia Research

In response to the growing national attention around dyslexia in both the government and the media, the Literacy Research Association (LRA) has released a report entitled, “An Examination of Dyslexia Research and Instruction.” The...
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What Do Students Want Out of Today’s Language Class?

What motivates students to study languages? How do our students prefer to learn languages? Does school actually “get in the way” of language learning? To explore the learner’s perspec­tive on the current state of high...

Chimpanzee Lip-Smacks help Trace Evolution of Language

Chimpanzees produce lip-smacks at a speech-like rhythm of open-close mouth cycles, suggesting that speech-rhythm was built upon existing primate signal systems In the paper ‘Chimpanzee lip-smacks confirm primate continuity for speech-rhythm evolution’, published in Biology...

Brain Acts the Same Whatever the Language

Over decades, neuroscientists have created a well-defined map of the brain’s “language network,” or the regions of the brain that are specialized for processing language. Found primarily in the left hemisphere, this network includes...

U.S. Guide to Exemplary Language Programs Wins $500K Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to support the efforts of the America’s Languages Working Group in building the Guide to Exemplary Programs and Practices in U.S. Language Education—a means...

Sounds and Words Processed Separately but Simultaneously

After years of research, neuroscientists have discovered a new pathway in the human brain that processes the sounds of language. The findings, reported last month in the journal Cell, suggest that auditory and speech...
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Young Bilingual Brains May Age Better

Bilingual children and adolescents may grow up with more grey matter, according to a new study published in Brain Structure and Function, in which an international team of academics led by the UK’s University...
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Every Summer Counts

The largest and longest study of its kind on summer learning programs reveals short- and long-term benefits among students who consistently attended voluntary, five- to six-week summer learning programs. The findings suggest that these...

Fun Language Apps Boost Senior Brain Function

Bilingualism has been linked to improved executive function and delayed onset of dementia, but it is unknown whether similar benefits can be obtained later in life through deliberate intervention. Given the logistical hurdles of...
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Research Reveals Children’s Linguistic Superpower

Infants and young children have brains with a linguistic superpower, according to Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists, who found that unlike adults who use a specific areas in one or the other of their...
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