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Skills for a Multilingual, Global Learning Community

Edynn Sato offers strategies for educators to help multilingual learners develop academic literacies and succeed across multiple academic disciplines and contextsIn our increasingly diverse and global society, many students are in classrooms receiving instruction in a language that is not their primary language and engaging in new situations with unfamiliar language and practices. Students who are culturally and linguistically diverse...

Multilingual Exposure Improves Children’s Social Skills

Empathy Increases with Linguistic ExperienceYoung children only have to hear more than one language spoken at home to become better communicators, a new study from University of Chicago psychologists finds. Researchers discovered that children from multilingual environments are better at interpreting a speaker's meaning than children who are exposed only to their native tongue. Surprisingly, children do not even...

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...

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...

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 –...

Do Heritage Triggers Impair Second-Language Skills?

Research on how cultural knowledge operates in the mind increasingly focuses on the dynamics through which our cultural frames are evoked by particular situations. One dynamic is “frame-switching” — the shifts in judgment that bicultural individuals make as they move between settings governed by different cultural norms. A new immigrant may speak Chinese at home, for example, but will...