Richard de Meij

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How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

• shares<p>There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language …

Here’s a Look at the Education Questions Betsy DeVos Struggled to Answer

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee, received criticism from Democrats for appearing unwilling or unprepared to …

Education Policy

Learn Spanish

"Love your videos! Lots of CI and great storytelling. Very effective! Gracias"<p>~Sarah, SD<p>"My students LOVE your videos! Keep making more …

Posters

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Mindfulness

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Speaking two languages also benefits low-income children

(Medical Xpress)—Living in poverty is often accompanied by conditions that can negatively influence cognitive development. Is it possible that being …

Being Bilingual Keeps Your Brain Fit

In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language

The new education reform lie: Denver is a cautionary tale, not a model, for urban school districts

The city has opened 27 new charters in the past five years. At least 40 percent are performing below expectations<p>Scott Gilpin works in advertising, so he’s used to dealing with people in the promotions business. He’s just not used to seeing them operating a local public school.<p>Gilpin lives in …

You can fit this miniature synthesizer in your wallet

The cutest synth you’ve ever seen<p>The Tiny TS, the first standalone synthesizer from Jan Ostman, can do just that. Measuring in at a — as the name suggests — tiny 3.94 x 2.56 inches, it's roughly the size of a credit card.<p>The synth offers audio, CV, and gate outputs, and works well with Ostman's …

Synthesizers

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid.<p>“I have been very tired—more tired and confused than I have ever been in my life,” Kristiina Chartouni, a veteran Finnish educator who began teaching American high-school …

Education

How To Learn A Language Faster

In a world that demands rapid learning and massive change, the ability to learn a language faster is an important skill to acquire. Concerning …

Can Afro-Latinos Please Move Beyond The "I'm Black, Too" Rhetoric?

<i>The reason why people don’t understand why you can be both black and Latino at the same time is because the media doesn’t present it that way and we</i> …

Black Culture

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016

How Learning A Foreign Language Enhances Your Brain

Though we have long suspected that learning a foreign language can help to sharpen the mind, a new study has used EEG recordings to show just how …

5 ways learning a second language will make you a better person

<i>This article is part of the new</i> Mic <i>series "Enabling Empathy Through Travel." See the previous post here.</i><p>"Would you like to speak a second …

Polyglot USA: One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fastest growing language

• <b>New Census data shows that nearly 65million Americans over the age of five speak a language other than English at home</b>• <b><br>Languages that saw largest</b> …

The Grammar Fallacy in Language Learning

Watching the brain during language learning

For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the initial hours and days of learning a new language. They use an …

The Brain

8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels

A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y is not all you need to know about vowels. There's more to these workhorse members of our linguistics inventory than you …

Bilinguals are more attractive, say 71% of Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want greater success in your career and your love life, as well as a healthy brain long into old age?<p>The answer could be to learn another language.<p>Or at least that's the case according to a majority of Americans and Britons polled in a new survey by language app Babbel.<p>Apparently, 71% of …

Language

Proof You Shouldn't Blame Teachers For The Achievement Gap

New research finds that there are effective educators teaching students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.<p>Teachers shouldn’t be held responsible for the big gap in the achievement levels of rich and poor students, new data suggests.<p>By looking at the effectiveness ratings of teachers who work with …

“Learning Apps” Is One Of The Top Educational Websites Of The Year!

Reader Gabrielle Klingelhöfer share the site Learning Apps with me, and I’m sure glad she did!<p>It’s a free site that lets teachers create virtual …

Interpreters say it’s nearly “impossible” to translate Donald Trump’s rhetoric into other languages

The job of language translators and interpreters is never easy, but the task becomes especially dicey in the realm of politics. Differing interpretations of a turn of phrase, after all, have been known to lead to war.<p>The challenge is even greater when the translator is attempting to interpret words …

Republican Party

One, dos, drei: Why speaking more than one language is good for the brain

Speaking more than one language has many more benefits than just being able to communicate with people the world over. Here is why teaching children to speak more than one language is a brilliant idea.<p>Meeting Catherina might just make you green with envy. At the tender age of 11, Catherina can …

Language

Most adults know more than 42,000 words

How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this.<p>Armed with a new list of words …

Vocabulary

New App Makes Wine More Welcoming

A new wine pronunciation app out this month didn’t start anywhere close to a computer. Its local developer, self-described “language junkie” Robert …

Wine & Spirits

The lasting impact of white teachers who mispronounce minority student names

Taking the attendance at the beginning of class may seem a routine if not mundane task to many educators. But to students, their name can be a powerful link to their identity. Pronouncing students names correctly – during attendance, a classroom activity, or any other time of the school day—should …

Education

Majority of Americans Find Bilinguals More Attractive

Another incentive to add a second language to your repertoire.<p>Being bilingual has its benefits while traveling—after all, speaking passable Greek is definitely preferable to Google Translating your way through a three-hour meal full of words rendered from script to suspect ingredient. Being a …

Early bilingual studies will help tomorrow's grads | Editorial

In post-war America, public schools began looking outward in many respects -- among them, requiring students to learn a foreign language. For many …

Education

Becoming bilingual is crucial for USD students, Americans - The Volante

In a world that’s becoming more connected every day, it’s now more beneficial to learn another language —even in the English-heavy country of the …