Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Of all the skills that a person could have in today's globalized world, few serve individuals – and the larger society – as well as knowing how to speak another language.

Dynamic assessment can help language learners have more success

Altering or individualizing assessment procedures can propel second-language learners toward more successful mastery of that language, ongoing research by Penn State Associate Professor of Education Matt Poehner and his interdisciplinary ...

Meet Africa's bird master of vocal imitation

Singing a duet in a foreign language isn't just for opera stars—red-capped robin-chats do it too. These orange-brown birds with grey wings can imitate the sounds of 40 other bird species, even other species' high-speed ...

How to improve children's language awareness at primary school

Young children have a lot to fit into each school day. So making the best use of the little time allocated to learning a foreign language is paramount. In England, state primary schools have been required to offer children ...

The true failure of foreign language instruction

A recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calls for more attention to language teaching in the U.S. The report notes that U.S. students have much less access to foreign language instruction than students ...

School curricula are a reflection of society's expectations

In a pioneering project, researchers studied the development of school curricula in Switzerland's three main language regions. This SNSF-funded project clearly showed that ever since the Swiss school system was created in ...

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