Tag: language

Speech May Be Ten Times Older Than Previously Thought

Baboons communicating on beach
New research suggests that speech may not be dependent on the “descended larynx” which could mean that our ancestors were talking 20 million years agoBaboons raised in semi-liberty produce about ten vocalizations, associated with different ethological situations, that may be considered as proto-vowels, at the dawn of the emergence of speech. ©...

Congress Creates New K-12 World Languages Grant Program

On December 9, 2019, the House and Senate agreed to establish a new world language grant program as a part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The program, called the World Language Advancement and Readiness Program, directs the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Education to create a competitive...

All You Need is Read

Dianne Henderson and Gene Kerns offer practical strategies to help all students reap the benefits of readingA new report says that nearly half of kids read for less than 15 minutes per day. No skill is more essential to students than reading. Every other...

Spanish through Music & Friendship in Tijuana

Univoice Corporation, the developer of a language-learning platform that teaches languages exclusively through music, has started its first learning class in Tijuana, Mexico. This inaugural class focuses on teaching Spanish to English speakers in an immersive, collaborative, and fun environment.The free classes began in August at Espacio Migrante,...

Washington Post Launches New Spanish-Language Post Opinión

The Washington Post has launched a new Spanish-language opinions section on their website, Post Opinión. The section pulls from editors cross-border in Washington D.C. and Mexico, and claims that it will publish original columns and essays about the most relevant news and issues affecting Latin America, Spain, the United States and...

Talking Faster, Saying the Same

According to a new study (“Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: comparable information rates across the human communicative niche”) published in Science Advances, languages differ in complexity and speech rate, but not in the rate of information transmission.“Surprisingly, we find robust evidence that some languages are spoken faster than...

Bridging the Gap with Lindie Lou

The Lindie Lou Adventure Series books are charming, educational chapter books written at a second-grade reading level by author Jeanne Bender. Used in schools and libraries nationwide, the series helps readers bridge the gap and gain stamina between early chapter books and middle-grade novels. It is recognized by Follett School Solutions online ordering system,...

‘Blowfish Effect’: How Children Learn Words

Even young children know what typical dogs and fish look like, and they apply that knowledge when they hear new words, reports a team from the Princeton Baby Lab, where researchers study how babies learn to see, talk, and understand the world.In a series of experiments with children three to five years...

Speaking by Numbers

Martha Edelson and Lori Langer de Ramirez share the consequences of motivation and affect in teaching middle school world languages and mathAs teachers of math and Spanish, we have both been approached on countless occasions by adults — friends, colleagues, parents — who share variations on the...

Beyoncé in Kiswahili

Beyoncé has released a song featuring lyrics in Kiswahili, one of Africa’s more widely spoken languages.The song, “Spirit,” is featured on the Lion King album produced by the star, which is the soundtrack to Disney’s new version of the classic movie The...