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Where is Language in the Brain?

In the well-known left and right brain divide, language has been placed as a logical function of the left. The center of language comprehension was thought to be the Wernicke's area, named after Carl...

Arabic Becomes Sweden’s Second Language

For over 800 years, Finnish has been Sweden's largest minority language, but, thanks to the recent influx of asylum seekers from predominantly Arab-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Arabic has now replaced Finnish, Stockholm University researcher...

Arabic Sesame Street Aims to Help Refugees

A brand-new, locally produced version of Sesame Street or Ahlan Simsim (“Welcome Sesame” in Arabic) premieres this month on regional children’s TV station MBC3, as well as...

Love & Other Emotions Prove to not be Universal Across Languages

Humans have a breadth of emotions and are on a constant search to express them through language, though sometimes we find that words in one language don’t have a...

ABC Airs Half-Chinese Sitcom

Last month, an episode of ABC’s primetime sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, called “Ride the Tiger,” broke ground by being about 50% spoken in Mandarin. Writer Jeff Chiang explained the rationale behind it to the...

Common Core Rattling Educators, ELL Teachers Unprepared

Survey says most educators feel unprepared for CCSS, especially ELL teachers. As students return to school from the Summer break and districts scramble to prepare for the full administration of the assessments aligned with the...

Foreign Language Skills Deemed a Necessity in UK Business Firms

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has announced nearly two thirds of 300 recently surveyed UK businesses prefer staff with foreign language skills. The statement comes ahead of the CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey...

Immigrant Students Worldwide Need More Support

Socio-economic disadvantage and language barriers are the biggest obstacles to success at school and in society for students with an immigrant background. More effective and better targeted education and social policies are needed to...

Language Conflict in Malaysian Courts

Tan Sri Adenan Satem, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, is stirring up controversy by giving the English language equal status to Bahasa Malaysia as...

Even Lost Languages Rewire Brain

Research also demonstrates brain's plasticity and ability to adapt to new language environments In a paper published in December's Nature Communications, researchers from Canada's McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute demonstrate that even brief,...
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