Tag: languages

Europe Celebrates Linguistic Diversity with European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is an annual celebration day to encourage language learning across Europe. At the initiative of the Council of Europe, EDL has been celebrated every year, on 26 September, since the European Year of Languages in 2001.The specific aims of the EDL are to:raise awareness of the importance of language learning in order...

World Languages from National Geographic Learning

¡Exploremos! (1-4, 1A and 1B) offers an innovative approach to language teaching that takes advantage of content the students already know about the world and brings it to them through NatGeo Explorers, NatGeo video, and contemporary themes focusing on real life situations with 21st Century skills that prepare the students to understand more about the world and their place...

UCLA to Create Center for Greek Culture

A $5 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will enable UCLA to create a center for the study of Hellenic culture, which will be housed in the UCLA College and will build on the university’s strengths in Hellenic studies, supporting research across disciplines ranging from archaeology and classics to languages and digital humanities.In addition to its teaching and...

Mexico and Canada Collaborate Linguistically

Languages Canada and the Ministry of Education of the Mexican State of Guanajuato have signed a cooperation agreement to formalize and expand collaboration in English and French language education. The signing took place during a visit to Ottawa by the secretary of the Ministry of Education of Guanajuato, Eusebio...

Virtual Learning a Reality

ATi Studios has released a virtual reality app for language education to combine the artificial-intelligence technology behind chatbots with speech recognition in virtual reality. Learn Languages VR by Mondly allows people to experience lifelike conversations with virtual characters, in 28 different languages. The new VR application is intended to realize virtual reality’s promise of rich, immersive, and automated educational...

Poly Aims to Share ALL the World’s Languages

Poly began after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year as an open source, modern software built to share and learn languages in text and video. The project was created by Wikitongues founders and directors Daniel Bogre Udell and Frederico Andrade, who aimed to document and teach every language in the world. Wikitongues began in 2012 when Daniel Bogre Udell...

America’s 350 Languages

More than 1 in 5 United States residents speak a foreign language at home and a recent chart released by the U.S. Census Bureau illustrates the breadth of America's languages. The data, gleaned from Census information from 2009 to 2013, found that overall, U.S. residents speak more than 350 different languages at home. The data set illustrates statistics on...

Information Inequality and the Languages of the Internet

The Guardian recently published an interactive guide by Holly Young, editor of the Case for Language Learning series on education, that details how language barriers shape internet user experiences. English was the first language used online and by the mid 1990's made up 80% of web-based content. Now 80% of the internet is dominated by ten languages: English, Chinese,...

Indigenous Languages and Digital Activism

Using technology to research and preserve indigenous languages and cultures is a growing trend in various countries. The New South Wales government announced funding for the use of smart technology to preserve Aboriginal languages and in the United States groups have begun to promote native languages with mobile applications. Internet users in Colombia have also been actively using digital media tools to revitalize...

Tonal Languages Use Both Sides of the Brain

Language learning and processing is usually dominated by the left side of the brain, which is adept at tasks that involve logic and analytical thinking. However, in a recent study that mapped brain information flow while processing intelligible speech in English and Mandarin Chinese, it was found that in Chinese speech comprehension there are neural dynamics between the left...