LanguageNews.net

Language & linguistics news from around the world • Updated daily • Relevant stories, selected by humans (not computers)

Share this site!

Category: Learning/Education - Page 2

  • Apr 09, 2012
  • 02:36 PM

Prisoners' Interest in Learning Estonian on the Increase

Kristopher Rikken / ERR
The ministry said teaching the official language to prisoners is an important part of rehabilitation as it increases the chance of a law-abiding lifestyle in liberty. "About 700 study places are planned for Estonian at various levels. Prisoners gladly take the opportunity to take the Estonian proficiency examination in prison so that when they are released they have better possibilities of finding work," ...
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 08:22 PM

Poor Arabic language curriculum, teaching plague education system

Iman Sherif / Gulf News
Dubai: Why do Arab students grow up and graduate with poor knowledge of their own mother tongue? A concern has emerged in the past years about the future of the Arabic language and challenges learners are currently facing in assimilating the language.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 03:29 PM

Russian language teaching in India

Tatyana Perova, Elena Shtapkina / Russia & India Report
Russian studies in India have always been dependent on close cooperation with Russian specialists. For many years, New Delhi’s top universities boasted Russian language departments with native Russian teachers. They assisted their Indian counterparts in developing curricula and mastering the methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language.
  • Apr 07, 2012
  • 10:59 PM

Portuguese-language courses prove highly popular

Alex Taylor / The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Only a few months after its official opening, the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center in Ashrafieh has seen a rush of Lebanese students eager to learn Portuguese and explore cultural and familial ties to the country.
  • Apr 06, 2012
  • 12:10 AM

Jordan- Sign language training helps teachers better engage students

Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Teaching using sign language poses a challenge to educators in schools for hearing-impaired students, especially if the teachers are inexperienced sign language users, said Hiba Ayousi, an Islamic education teacher.
  • Apr 06, 2012
  • 12:05 AM

Hebrew language, key in Israel education

Paula Jabobs / Jerusalem Post
But to achieve lasting success, Israel education must emphasize Hebrew language skills. Nothing binds us to Israel like the Hebrew language. I still remember the exhilaration of speaking Hebrew on my first visit to Israel many years ago. However, what percentage of American Jewish young people can conduct a conversation in Hebrew, understand an Israeli radio or television broadcast, or read an Israeli newspaper?
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 09:35 PM

Cadets of Chail military school to learn Dragon's language

Ajay Sura / The Times of India
CHAIL (Himachal Pradesh): Now the cadets studying at one of the oldest Rashtriya Military School (RMS) of country at Chail in Himachal Pradesh would learn Chinese language. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is running the schools, has introduced the Chinese language in the study curriculum of the school from current academic session.
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 12:11 PM

Students queue up for degree in Assamese

Gaurav Das / The Times of India
GUWAHATI: The number of applicants pursuing PhD in Assamese at Gauhati University has increased significantly owing to positive prospects at a time when the language was believed to be losing sheen among the youth.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 04:19 PM

Hazel's remarkable work in Argentine Welsh community

This is South Wales
WHEN Hazel Evans's lifelong dream of visiting Patagonia came true in the 1990s, she had a feeling she would be back. But what she didn't realise was how often she would be back and how large her connection to the Argentinean region would grow. For Mrs Evans, a Welsh teacher now living in Llandybie, has celebrated a decade since the opening of a dedicated Welsh centre in Esquel — a centre which she raised off the ground.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 03:29 PM

Professor Discusses Babies’ Language Skills

Joe B. Lerer / Harvard Crimson
Babies are able to differentiate minute sound distinctions that would otherwise be lost to adults, University of Washington professor of speech and hearing sciences Patricia K. Kuhl said on Tuesday. In the first talk of a two-part lecture series organized by the Human, Mind, Brain and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, Kuhl discussed babies’ ability to learn vowel patterns quickly.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:30 PM

ICHR to launch project to teach fading classical languages

IBNLive.com
The Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) is launching an ambitious project to teach the fading classical languages to senior teachers for the benefit of the next generation, according to ICHR member secretary Dr Ishrat Alam. "Two languages, including Persian and Pragritham have been chosen for being taught to scholars.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:39 AM

Overcoming a language barrier in my own country

Thamer Al Subaihi / The National
...One solution to this quagmire for an Emirati who isn't in Emirati circles would be to take up lessons in Emirati dialect. Shaima Al Sayed began offering such lessons more than a year ago and to my and her surprise, there are many Emiratis in the same boat. When she started her courses she only had foreigners in mind, but to her shock, numerous locals approached her.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:28 AM

US Demand for Portuguese Increasing

Language Magazine
As language departments are downsized, or cut altogether in U.S. universities, the demand for Portuguese is growing. Although Portuguese has always been an important world language, it has only recently been recognized as an important language for business and international relations.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 04:20 PM

Hindi 'Encouraged' In Tufts University

Eurasia Review
The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate is encouraging the Tufts University administration to offer Hindi courses. In a meeting on April one, it reportedly passed a resolution to this effect. About 20 percent respondents in Fall 2011 Senate Survey indicated that if made available, they would take Hindi courses, reports suggest.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 03:49 PM

Vernacular language teaching contributes to country's development

AngolaPress
Luanda – The Director of Polytechnic High School of Sambizanga locality, Domingos Álvaro, said this Tuesday in Luanda that generalization of the teaching of national vernacular languages will contribute considerably to the growth and development of the country.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 03:46 PM

Labour calls for inquiry into Pacific language education

Voxy
Labour will tomorrow ask the Education & Science Select Committee to conduct an inquiry into whether teaching children Pacific languages as well as English helps them succeed, says Su'a William Sio, Labour's spokesperson on Pacific Island Affairs. "This will be an opportunity for all parties on the committee to manifest support for an issue that is very valuable to the future wellbeing of Pacific communities and their children," Su'a William Sio said.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 03:23 PM

700 sites set up for language students

Zheng Xin / China Daily
More than 700 foreign language training institutions have been set up in Beijing to encourage people to learn another language, according to the Organizing Committee of Beijing Speaks Foreign Languages Program. In addition, the government has developed lectures popularizing foreign languages and introducing other cultures to enable people to get involved in picking up another language.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 02:30 AM

Two languages, one roof: a chance for learning

Montreal Gazette
At a time when people with a political agenda devoted to separating Quebec from Canada are seizing on every opportunity to pit francophones against their anglo fellow Quebecers, the prospect of enhanced co-operation between English and French school boards is a most welcome development.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 07:22 PM

Call to teach Kaurna at every city school

Sheradyn Holderhead / Adelaide Now
THE Kaurna language should be taught in all Adelaide schools to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, experts say. Aboriginal students who learn their traditional language become more confident, have more pride in their identity and find a passion for learning, a committee heard yesterday.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 06:11 PM

Culture Ministry revamps Korean language-learning website

The Korea Herald
The Culture Ministry has launched an updated version of its online Korean language learning center to promote globalization of the language, officials said on Monday.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 12:49 PM

Education researcher Ayan Ceyhan: Elective Kurdish course offers too little

Yonca Poyraz Doğan / Today's Zaman
There are positive and negative sides to having Kurdish as an elective course. First of all, Kurds are not a homogenous group of people. There are different groups of Kurdish children in Turkey. When we look at this heterogeneity in terms of language, we see that some of them know little Turkish or no Turkish at all when they start school. There are also those children whose Kurdish and Turkish are at almost the same level.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 01:55 AM

Vietnam wants India to train English teachers

Indian Express
Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Thien Nhan has expressed keenness to source around 20,000 English teachers from India over the next few years to teach English and train Vietnamese teachers. The HRD ministry has suggested that the CBSE is well equipped to train English teachers and it will work out the modalities with Vietnam.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 03:05 PM

Keeping Inuit Students Engaged: School Programs Incorporate Inuktitut, Day Care (video)

Indian Country Today Media Network.com
...a video she coordinated profiles unique school programs in Nunavut that integrate Inuit culture into the curriculum to keep students engaged. Single mothers such as 19-year-old Eva Kakkik, who might not otherwise graduate from high school, are now able to finish their education thanks to on-site day-care service in one school, which enables her to see her 3-year-old son throughout the day.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 02:15 AM

Interest drops in Turkey’s minority language courses

Vercihan Ziflioğlu / Hürriyet Daily News
Private courses launched in recent years to teach Turkey’s minority languages have not attracted much attention despite the minimal fees they charge, and some believe the lack of interest in such courses has to do with Turkey’s long-lasting policies.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

Dene Languages Apps

Government of the Northwest Territories
The five Dene languages available in these apps are Tlicho, North Slavey, South Slavey, Gwich’in and Chipewyan. The apps are available for the touch-screen technology platforms and have language learning components, games and quizzes. Categories include family, actions, commands, food, animals, trapping and hunting. The next language apps to be developed will be in Cree, Inuvialuktun and Inuinnaqtun.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 02:56 PM

Pencae will become a Welsh language institution

Ian Hughes / North Wales Weekly News
A PRIMARY school is to be transformed into a Welsh language school. The Welsh Government has approved plans that will see Ysgol Pencae on Graiglwyd Road in Penmaenmawr become a predominately Welsh language institution in September 2013. Governors say the change from a dual stream to a Welsh medium school will serve to enrich the town, broaden horizons and create future job prospects for pupils.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 11:28 AM

Georgian Students Opting For English In Foreign Language Test

Bernama
TBILISI, March 29 (Bernama) -- The Georgian Education Ministry said on Wednesday English has become the no.1 choice in foreign language test for 73 percent of students sitting for the 2012 national examinations, China's Xinhua news agency reported. This is followed by 17 percent Russian, 7 percent German, and 3 percent French.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:48 AM

Gov’t should be committed to French studies – Prof Kuupole

Myjoyonline.com
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof. Domwini Dabire Kuupole has emphasized the need for a strong commitment on the part of government to formulate a clear policy on the study of the French language.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 12:18 AM

In immersion foreign language learning, adults attain, retain native speaker brain pattern

Medical Xpress
A first-of-its kind series of brain studies shows how an adult learning a foreign language can come to use the same brain mechanisms as a native speaker. The research also demonstrates that the kind of exposure you have to the language can determine whether you achieve native-language brain processing, and that learning under immersion conditions may be more effective in reaching this goal than typical classroom training.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 03:10 PM

English Language No Longer an Issue, Teachers Say

AllAfrica.com
Rwanda teachers in high schools have said that the issue of communication in English is fading off with time. This was disclosed in a one day work shop for teachers in high schools organised by Ministry of East African Community (EAC). Ever since English was declared as the only language of instruction in schools, teachers and learners with a strong background of French language had been struggling to come to terms with the change.

Languages

Categories