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Tell the President how to improve US immigration

President Obama has issued a new directive for his Administration to seek out ways to modernize and streamline the U.S. immigration system within existing authorities. This Presidential Memorandum directs the Secretary of State and...

China to train 30,000 overseas language teachers by 2017

Earlier this month, plans to train about 30,000 overseas Chinese teachers by the end of 2017 were announced at the Third World Chinese Language and Culture Education conference, which attracted about 600 representatives from...

Turkish at Crossroads between Europe and Asia

Last week, Turkey’s National Education Council voted to make the teaching of Ottoman Turkish compulsory in high schools. In 1928, Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, modernized the Ottoman language, replacing its Arabic alphabet,...

ELLs ‘Disconnected’ from Mainstream Content

Research that explores the relationship between school-district infrastructure in new-immigrant destinations and the marginalization of English-language learners (ELLs) in those districts shows that in many schools, the teaching of English as a second language...

Learning Languages Modifies Brain Network

According to a Sino-American study published recently in the Journal of Neurolinguistics, learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally. "Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the...

China Punishes Wordplay

You can’t speak pǔntōnghuà in China. The Chinese Administration of Radio, Press, and Publications is not amused by rampant puns in advertising, television and the news. The Administration showed no sense of humor when it...

Comedian Named UK Language Champion

Emmy award-winning comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has been chosen as the UK’s 2014 “public language champion” by judges from The Guardian newspaper and the British Academy. The award was announced on Friday at the...

Texts Increase Parental Involvement

Parent involvement in literacy varies widely by household, but a new study by Stanford researchers shows that an early literacy text messaging program for parents of preschoolers has had a positive impact on the...

Immigration ‘Raising Academic Standards’

The British education minister, Nick Gibb, is insisting that immigration is raising academic standards in the UK because pupils who speak English as a second language (ESL) tend to be academically more able thanks...

Bilinguals Better Equipped to Process Information

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language. The...
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