What languages should children be learning to get ahead?

28/03/2017

Well, in my opinion, any language/s are good languages to learn.  Here is a more differentiated discussion from Australia:  https://theconversation.com/what-languages-should-children-be-learning-to-get-ahead-74305

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The most useful language for English speakers to learn, according to an economist

27/03/2017

In my view, ANYlanguage is a useful language to learn.  And, after learning one more language, other languages add on much easier.  But, for what it’s worth, here is another person’s perspective:  https://qz.com/942367/what-is-the-most-useful-language-to-learn/?utm_source=qzfb


What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

27/03/2017

Results of a study.  Excerpt:

The Swedish MRI study showed that learning a foreign language has a visible effect on the brain. Young adult military recruits with a flair for languages learned Arabic, Russian or Dari intensively, while a control group of medical and cognitive science students also studied hard, but not at languages. MRI scans showed specific parts of the brains of the language students developed in size whereas the brain structures of the control group remained unchanged. Equally interesting was that learners whose brains grew in the hippocampus and areas of the cerebral cortex related to language learning had better language skills than other learners for whom the motor region of the cerebral cortex developed more.

Read more here at https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/04/what-happens-to-the-brain-language-learning?platform=hootsuite


Learning a language has a lot of benefits, including making you more tolerant

27/03/2017

Read more here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/learning-a-language-has-a-lot-of-benefits-including-making-you-more-tolerant?utm_content=buffer8d005&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Excerpt:

Knowledge of different languages is crucial to becoming global citizens. As former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted,

“Our country needs to create a future in which all Americans understand that by speaking more than one language, they are enabling our country to compete successfully and work collaboratively with partners across the globe.”

Considering the evidence that studying languages as adults increases tolerance in two important ways, the question shouldn’t be “Why should universities require foreign language study?” but rather “Why in the world wouldn’t they?”


Don’t Feel Bad But This 7 Year Old…

09/03/2017

see for yourself.


BUSTED! MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LANGUAGE LEARNING

03/03/2017

What do you think?  Agree or disagree?  http://www.leadwithlanguages.org/busted-myths-and-misconceptions-about-language-learning/


Learning a language makes you more tolerant, so why aren’t more universities encouraging it?

08/01/2017

Source:  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/learning-a-language-has-a-lot-of-benefits-including-making-you-more-tolerant?utm_content=buffer8d005&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Excerpt:

Knowledge of different languages is crucial to becoming global citizens. As former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted,

“Our country needs to create a future in which all Americans understand that by speaking more than one language, they are enabling our country to compete successfully and work collaboratively with partners across the globe.”

Considering the evidence that studying languages as adults increases tolerance in two important ways, the question shouldn’t be “Why should universities require foreign language study?” but rather “Why in the world wouldn’t they?”


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