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Tonal Languages Use Both Sides of the Brain

Language learning and processing is usually dominated by the left side of the brain, which is adept at tasks that involve logic and analytical thinking. However, in a recent study that mapped brain information...
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U.S. Language Capacity ‘Diminishing,’ Despite Need

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has released a report today that suggests a “diminishing share” of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, a trend which the Academy believes “could have important...

Using Smart Technology to Preserve Aboriginal Languages

Recently, the New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal affairs minister Victor Dominello announced $185,000 in funding for the development of an app to support the maintenance and revitalization of five Aboriginal languages local to New...
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Portland Study Points to Reading Gains From Dual-Language Programs

A new study from Rand Education and American Councils for International Education in conjunction with the Portland Public Schools has examined the effects of dual-language immersion (DLI) on student achievement. The study included DLI programs...

Chinese Language Films for a Growing Middle Class

The market potential of China's rising middle class is bringing big attention to the filmmaking world and the demand for quality Chinese language media. CNN reported that Warner Brothers recently struck a deal with...

Language Learning Alters Brain

According to a joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University, the age at which children learn a second language can have a significant...

World Teachers’ Day Empowers Educators

UNESCO is celebrating World Teachers’ Day (WTD) on October 5 by highlighting the importance of empowering teachers to achieve inclusive and sustainable global development. This year World Teachers’ Day highlights the need to empower all...

McGraw-Hill Education Partners with Digital Language Learning Platform

McGraw-Hill Education, one of the “big three” in education publishing, has recently purchased a $6.5 million minority equity stake in busuu, an online social network for language learning. The deal ensures that McGraw-Hill has...

Bipartisan Language Education Bill Introduced

Reps. David Price (D-NC), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the World Language Advancement Act (H.R. 3096), which would help state and local school districts implement innovative K-12...

Putting the Benefits of Bilingualism into Practice

The National Science Foundation's Partnerships in International Research and Education (NSF PIRE) has awarded a $5 million dollar grant over five years to help translate the scientific benefits of language learning from the lab...