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Republicans Introduce Bill to Replace Foreign Language with Coding in Virginia Public Schools

  Glenn R. Davis, R-Virginia Beach of the Virginia House of Delegates has introduced a bill that could essentially eliminate foreign language classes in favor of coding classes in Virginia. Virginia, which in 2013 had...
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Messaging App for Language Learners

“Tandem” is a relatively new language-learning app where language learners can chat with each other in order to improve their language skills. Users can have conversations with native speakers of languages including Spanish, Russian,...
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Babies Retain Birth Language

A new study has found that languages learned very early in life are subconsciously retained even when there is no conscious memory of the early experience remaining. The study, conducted by Radboud University, Western...

Washington Study Sheds Light on ELL Advanced Course Enrollment

Education Northwest along with the Institute of Education Sciences and Regional Educational Laboratory at Education Northwest analyzed the patterns of advanced coursework among Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary/home language is a...

Literacy on the Line

Vinod Lobo describes how a California grant is giving adult English learners access to blended education programs on their smartphones Recent data shows that adult ELLs engaging in a blended model of in-person and at-home,...

There’s No Sound Like Home

Study shows that babies learn language best from speakers who sound like their caregivers. Language development in bilingual children remains a contested and enigmatic phenomenon, and oftentimes it’s hard to distinguish myth from fact....

It’s Easier to Lie in a Foreign Language

A new study suggests that it may be easier for people to lie in their second language than in their native tongue. The study, titled "The language of lies: Behavioral and autonomic costs of...

Competition Launches Arabic Literacy Apps for War-Affected Syrian Children

Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster, the two winners of the EduApp4Syria innovation competition, were announced today and then released worldwide as open-source Arabic literacy learning games. Both games are available for...

Amazon’s Alexa to Speak Spanish in the U.S.

Amazon has launched a new voice model for Alexa that lets developers build a Spanish-language interface for Spanish-speaking users. The company announced that the model will initially be available to an invite-only preview program...

Animals May Have Brains Capable of Language

It has been widely thought that humans learn language using brain components that are specifically dedicated to this purpose. However, new evidence strongly suggests that language is in fact...
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