Genre and Curriculum: Language and Learning


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21st Century Reading Skills


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In sum, this research gives educators insight into the power of interest to drive learning and comprehension, not only of the visual mode, but also of traditional printed materials used when learning to read and in academics overall. Engagement is a key component to effort and achievement.

Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us? In English and Spanish


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How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance


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Brain Stuff: Kids’ Appropriate Use of Words Improve Spatial Skills



While previous research has often judged children’s spatial skills based at least in part on the number of spatial words they know, Miller found her study subjects to have a range of descriptive abilities not limited by the size of their spatial vocabulary.

“They are describing where the mouse is by saying, ‘He’s on the big table,’ or ‘on the brown box,’” Miller says. “Those size and color words aren’t spatial terms in this context, but in the context of the picture they’re seeing they are really useful.”

The better the kids were at adapting to each image and supplying relevant information, the higher their scores tended to be on the tests of other spatial skills that predict future success in, say, math.

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What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages


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Language learning boosts brain plasticity and ability to code new information


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