Tag: foreign

Scottish Businesses Call for Compulsory Foreign Language Education

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has pinpointed Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic and Russian as “international languages of business” and is calling for compulsory foreign language education during all years of schooling in order to make future Scottish firms more competitive in the international export market. The SCC has called on the Scottish government to implement the measure...

French to Stop Fight Against Foreign Words

Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture, reversed four centuries of French linguistic policy by declaring that France’s resistance to the incursion of English words was harming — rather than preserving — the language. “French is not in danger, and my responsibility as minister is not to erect ineffective barriers against languages but to give all our citizens the means...

An Increase in Foreign Language Support For South Korea’s Multicultural Families

According to South Korea’s Gender Equality Ministry and municipal governments, more language support programs will be launched for multicultural families in 2015. There were about 204,000 multicultural children in Korea as of last year and immigration is slowly but steadily on the rise. In order to encourage bilingualism for multicultural children in both their parents’ mother tongues and 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 for 2014, due to be published in July.According to the report, European languages such as French, German and Spanish are highly sought after, but...

14th Annual Beijing Foreign Language Festival

The annual Beijing Foreign Language Festival was held in Chaoyang Park this weekend, attracting thousands of language enthusiasts, teachers, students and volunteers from around the globe.The festival - which first opened in 2002, invites people to share “Beijing stories in different languages”.The event is aimed at uniting the multilingual citizens of Beijing by breaking language barriers, in addition to...

Using foreign language increases rationality

A new study from psychologists at the University of Chicago and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona finds that people using a foreign language take a relatively utilitarian approach to moral dilemmas, making decisions based on assessments of what's best for the common good. That pattern holds even when the utilitarian choice would produce an emotionally difficult outcome, such...