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Let Learning Emerge

Complexity theory (CT) deals with complex, dynamic, and nonlinear systems. When I first encountered CT some 20 years ago, it was not in the context of language. However, I couldn’t think of many things that were more complex, dynamic, and nonlinear than language (Larsen-Freeman, 1997). And it soon...

Austria Scraps Turkish Driving Tests

Austria will no longer offer its written driving test in Turkish, according to the country’s transportation minister. Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) claimed the move was to cut costs but added that the government hopes it will serve as an “encouragement to learn German.”Over a quarter of a million people with Turkish heritage live in Austria....

Lessons from the Ukrainian Conflict

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Angelika Putintseva’s firsthand experience leads her to believe that language intolerance is the root cause of conflict on the shores of the Black SeaCrimea is my motherland; I was born there. My roots and extended family are deeply connected to Crimea, the Ukrainian territory that recently voted to join Russia. Moscow is my second home, and I spent nearly...