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ICE Returns Ancient Texts to Iraq

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has returned 3,800 ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and clay bullae, to the Republic of Iraq. The artifacts were smuggled into the U.S. in violation of...

Losing Your Language in Prison

Listen to the story by pressing play below.  Your browser does not support the audio element. With languages it’s often said that if you don’t use it you lose it. San Quentin Radio and NPR present...

Early Language Key to School Success

Kim Echart of the University of Washington News reports on a new study which shows that early use of words and grammar determine overall student successA new study indicates that children’s language skills in...

Music & Language Lead to Efficient Brain

A new study reveals that bilinguals and trained musicians utilize fewer resources in their brains while doing tasks involving memory. This means that it’s easier for them to do so. As their brains use...

Reports of OELA’s Demise Hopefully Exaggerated

Advocacy groups are denouncing a proposed merging of the federal Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) into the Office for Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Education Department officials have said that the restructuring plan...

Danish Language Classes Foot Denmark Tax Cuts

A new tax deal set by the Danish government will place stronger conditions for entry to social welfare programs and payments for foreign citizens. The tax cut, which amounts to 5 billion kroner, aim...

New App, Color Game, for Language Evolution

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany and the Mint Minds and Traditions Research Group (a Max Planck research group) have released a new app that...

Babies Like the Sound of their Own Voices

Although infants do appreciate the coos of their parents, they seem to prefer to hear sounds from other babies, according to a new Canadian study.Even at the pre-babbling stage—before they can form sounds resembling...

The Eyes Tell All

MIT study shows eye movements reveal linguistic fluency Tracing the eye movements of someone as they read in a second language may be able to create a more accurate assessment of their fluency that many...

Access to Books Improves Learning

Yet another study has shown that increasing access to books improves student outcomes “Reaching Families Where They Are: Examining an Innovative Book Distribution Program,” published in Urban Education, examines a community-wide effort to promote greater...