Science & Technology

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Republicans Introduce Bill to Replace Foreign Language with Coding in Virginia Public Schools

  Glenn R. Davis, R-Virginia Beach of the Virginia House of Delegates has introduced a bill that could essentially eliminate foreign language classes in favor of coding classes in Virginia. Virginia, which in 2013 had...

Indian Languages Outpacing English Online

According to a recent study, the growth of Indian language internet users is growing at 18% per year, so that by 2021 the total will reach 531...

Language Key to National Identity

A new survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that language is a much more significant factor to national identity than birthplace. According to What It Takes to Truly Be ‘One of Us’, majorities...

Indian Bilinguals Humanizing Virtual Assistants

To improve the functionality of Cortana, its voice-powered virtual assistant, Microsoft is turning to bilinguals. Of specific interest is the practice of code...

Social Climbing

Yue Meng and Nile Stanley see the educational value in social networking sites If you type “Facebook educational usage” into Google, it will show millions of relevant sites in just .278 seconds. With the popularity...

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...

Teaching YouTubers

This article introduces the H5P website—an innovative, free, practical, and easy-to-use tech software that English teachers and students can use when engaged in teaching and learning English. Two events brought my focus toward employing interactive...

New Robots Learn Languages the Same Way Children Do

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a tool called a “semantic parser” that mimics the experience of children learning a language. The semantic parses does what children typically do—observe their environments...

Apple’s Siri Learns Shanghainese in Ongoing Race to Dominate Voice-Assist

Last week we saw the release of Google Assistant, an electronic assistant that follows commands on mobile phones. While these tech super-giants are...

Late-Learner Bilinguals Perform Similar to Native Speakers

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word-Order” asked...