Tag: language

Alaska Judge Orders Native Language Translations of Election Materials

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason plans to conduct a 10-day trial this month, in a voting rights lawsuit to translate all election materials into Alaskan Native languages - it has been reported. Brought to the courtroom by several Native villages and elders with limited English proficiency, the trial will address the matter of a law in which the state...

Portuguese President Promotes Language During China Visit

On his sixth visit to Macau, the Portuguese Republic President Cavaco Silva recently emphasized the continued value of the Portuguese language in scientific, economic, business and cultural sectors worldwide. Following an official visit to Beijing and Shanghai, Cavaco Silva arrived in Macau last Saturday. He continued to defend the status of Portuguese throughout the duration of his stay, particularly while...

From Language Skills to Teaching Prowess

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Montserrat Villar González offers a personal view on developing as a language teacher There are many paths to becoming a teacher of a second or foreign language: for some, it’s the natural progression from studying a language; others start by giving informal individual, private, or group classes or helping friends study their own language. Having lived in a country where...

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...

Robots Teach Language Skills to Preschoolers

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched an eight week trial to test how well preschool children can learn language skills from robots. The experiment is monitoring rates at which children learn and remember new vocabulary from a selection of storytelling robots, at a local Boston kindergarten. Supplemented by a tablet computer to illustrate the stories, the robots –...

Hitler’s Birthplace to Become Immigrant Language Center

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In an interesting turn of events, the Austrian guesthouse where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 is likely to become a language center for immigrants it has been reported. The future of the building in Braunau am Inn has been debated for decades, drawing concern that if neglected, the site could become a shrine for neo-Nazis. Until last year, the structure...

Hitler’s Birthplace to Become Immigrant Language Center

The Austrian guesthouse where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889, is likely to become a language center for immigrants it has been reported. The future of the building in Braunau am Inn has been debated for decades, drawing concern that if neglected, the site could become a shrine for neo-Nazis. Until last year, the structure was used as a day center...

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...

Twitter Ads Targeted by Language

Social media giant Twitter has launched a new feature that will allow advertisers to target users based on their language. The ‘language targeting’ feature will give brands the opportunity to direct promoted tweets and promoted accounts towards 20 different language demographics and users will be able to view ‘highly relevant ads’ in their own language. It comes as Twitter’s move to...

Integrating Content and Language

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Tania Ruiz presents educators’ impressions of the dual-language methodology sweeping Europe Similar to other bilingual education methods, the CLIL methodology (content and language integrated learning) is considered a model of good practice in Europe. It has been adopted by a large number of infant and primary schools in Spain, such as schools in the Bilingual Project in Madrid....
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