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Google to Focus on Indic Language Content

India is now the second-largest online market in the world, but the Internet in India is predominantly an English only medium. Only 10% of India’s population speaks English, and, in an effort to promote digital literacy and safety in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s Digital India Program, under which Google will increase the availability of information...

Teacher Resources for Black History Month

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Looking Back to Move Forward Ayanna Cooper shares teacher resources for Black History Month Black History Week began as a week-long celebration to acknowledge achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent 91 years ago. During the 1960s, this celebration grew into a month-long dedication to not only honor notable Black Americans but also to educate all Americans about the history...

Danish Government Calls For Language Testing

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Local Government Denmark (Kommunernes Landsforening-KL) has called for mandatory language testing of all three-year-olds entering their first year of schooling in order to combat social inequality. Danish researchers documented that there is a learning discrepancy of danish children entering elementary school of up to two years difference in language and social skills. “We must invest early, so we can save...

U.S. Universities to International Students: “You Are Welcome Here”

Universities across the U.S. are banding together to send a clear message of acceptance towards international students after the recent U.S. presidential election. The campaign began at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with their YouTube video. According to the PIE news, the hashtag #YouAreWelcomeHere was originally used by Study Group, an international program aimed to help international students study...

Redefining Inclusive Education

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Frances Stetson offers guidance to improve the educational experience for all at-risk students Providing at-risk students and students with special needs with an inclusive learning environment—one in which students receive equitable opportunities for effective educational services—is a moral imperative. However, despite all of the effort districts and schools have put...

Celebrate World Arabic Language Day

December 18th is UN Arabic Language Day, an occasion, "to celebrate the language of 22 Member States of UNESCO, a language with more than 422 million speakers in the Arab world and used by more than 1.5 billion Muslims." December 18th is significant because it was the date in 1973 when the UN General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN...

English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm

(Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan) The 37th issue of the Annenberg Institute’s magazine, VUE (voices in urban education) focuses on the benefits that English Language Learners (ELLs) lend to the whole school populations and experience. Guest editor Rosann Tung, director of Research & Policy at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), explains the...

Messaging App for Language Learners

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“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, Portuguese, Italian, French, English, German, Chinese and Japanese. The app links users who want to learn a target language with users who speak the language to...

Artificial Neural Network Learns Language

Researchers from Sassari University and Plymouth University have made a cognitive model of networked artificial neurons that can learn language with no prior knowledge. The Artificial Neural Network with Adaptive Behaviour Exploited for Language Learning, or Annabell, relies on synaptic plasticity and neural gating to learn through human conversation. "The system is capable of learning to communicate through natural...

MIT Study Suggests a Universal Property of Language

Three MIT researchers have investigated the tendency for languages to place words that work together as closely as possible. This property, dubbed the “dependency length minimization,” or DLM, was a trait that most of the 37 languages analyzed overwhelmingly catered to. Keeping related words syntactically close together means a lesser strain on working memory and the brain in general. This...