Richard de Meij

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Younger is not always better when it comes to learning a second language

It’s often thought that it is better to start learning a second language at a young age. But research shows that this is not necessarily true. In …

Language Learning

How the language you speak changes your view of the world

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

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 …

Can you learn a language with an app? What the research says

Language learning apps are very popular in app stores worldwide – and are said to be revolutionising language learning. These apps offer …

Brain's window for language learning open until adulthood: Study of nearly 700,000 people reveals more about cognitive capabilities for new language learning

Study of nearly 700,000 people reveals more about cognitive capabilities for new language learning<p>It has long been known that children learn language …

How to learn a new language while making dinner, running errands, or paying bills

Hard, but not impossible. In Scientific American, Veronique Greenwood highlights two recent studies that suggest you can get better at a foreign language simply by listening to it, without speaking it yourself.<p>In other words: Even if you're busy making dinner for your family, or running errands, or …

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today

Oldies and goodies: Check out our list of the ten oldest languages in the world.

Linguistics

Editorial: Texas must do more to end suspensions of youngest students

Just two years ago, Austin schools issued 321 suspensions to the district’s youngest students, those in prekindergarten through second grade, …

Education

Mondly uses speech recognition to fast-track your language learning

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access for only $39.99.<p>Learning a new language can seem pretty daunting when your inch-thick textbook arrives in the mail. Thankfully, there is a smarter way to learn. Mondly is a highly-rated app that helps you master grammar and pick up vocabulary through fun mini-games. …

Language

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

A recent study found that black students who have at least one black teacher do better in school. Making policy around this research is complicated.<p>Ashley McCall was teaching her third grade students about American voting rights last year when one of them asked a question she couldn’t answer: How …

Why Aren't There More Black Teachers? Racial Discrimination Still Plays A Role

“I think this is just another example of how ideas about race and racism, to be frank, are deeply embedded in the schools."<p>Policy surrounding the nation’s shortage of black teachers tends to focus around recruitment or retention. However, new research suggests that those two issues are only part of …

Why are there so few black male teachers?

First thing you need to consider: Teaching is not a top career choice for men of any race.<p><b>Percentage of public school teachers by gender, 2016</b><p>Source: …

Education

In Hartford, do Black and Latino teachers matter?

(Source: Edsight.ct.gov, CT SDE, 2018)This week kicked off a Black Lives Matter Movement Week of Action in Schools. A key demand was the addition of …

Education

The Real Reason Black Kids Benefit From Black Teachers

For black students, having even one black teacher can make a huge difference. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that that black boys who had a black teacher during their elementary school years were less likely to drop out of high school. It also linked the presence of black …

Where Did All the Black Teachers Go?

I started first grade at an all-black elementary school in Chester, Pa., a deeply segregated factory town near Philadelphia, in 1957 — three years after the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was unconstitutional.<p>The crisply dressed first graders who moved …

How many words do you need to speak a language?

<b>Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?</b><p>That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, …

Language Learning

Why the old way of parenting no longer works

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every couple of years a book or article arrives diagnosing parents with catastrophic spinelessness. The power pyramid has been inverted, they warn, and the children are in, and therefore out of, control.<p>"Command. Don't ask. Don't negotiate," instructs Leonard Sax in his 2016 book "The …

Parenting

Six Core Practices for Early Language Learners

Key strategies for the foreign language classroom.

A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From

It might have hijacked our early ancestors’ brains.<p>I’m sitting in the sun on one of the first mild days of the spring, talking with a modern-day flintknapper about the origins of human language. His name is Neill Bovaird, and he’s neither an archaeologist nor a linguist, just a 38-year-old bearded …

Beyond a Bridge to Understanding

Even before having children, Jimell Sanders was intent on ensuring that her local school would be able to offer the opportunity of early second …

The 42 Commandments of Ancient Egypt

The Ten Commandments, eight of them at least, were taken from the Egyptian Principles of Ma’at written at least 2000 years earlier.<p>Written at least …

Ten Commandments

For other uses, see Ten Commandments (disambiguation).<p>"Decalogue" redirects here. For other uses, see Decalogue (disambiguation).<p>The <b>Ten Commandments</b>, …

42 Laws of Maat Under Kemet Law

Maat was the rule of law and moral justice among the ancient Kemet people, and the divine cosmological order within their mythology, astronomy, and …

Are the Ten Commandments taken from the forty-two (42) precepts of Ma'at (Maat)? Why is the overlap between the forty-two precepts of Ma'at and the Ten Commandments?

<b>Answer:</b> The forty-two precepts of Ma'at are a list of principles named after an ancient Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and order. The precepts …

42 Principles of Maat written 2000 years before Ten Commandments

Why Speaking a Second Language Develops a More Rational Mind

Superstition is everywhere in our modern lives. Each Friday the 13th, nearly a billion dollars in business is avoided because people are afraid that …

The most annoying things about the English language, from people who are learning it

English is the most studied language in the world, with 1.5 billion people learning it.<p>But just because English is popular doesn't make it easy.<p>Many English learners have vented about the most annoying aspects of the language in the obvious place: the internet. Their complaints range from its …

Language Learning

Learning music or a foreign language can help your brain be more efficient

If you want to train your brain, consider starting with music or a foreign language.

Bridging America’s Language Gap: A Call to Action - American Academy of Arts & Sciences

<b>Nancy C. Andrews</b> <i><br>Chair of the Board, American Academy of<br>Arts and Sciences; Former Dean,<br>Duke University School of Medicine</i><p><b>Norman R. Augustine</b> <i><br>Retired</i> …

A QR Code Coursebook Quest Using Flipgrid: Using Technology in the Classes

Ohh this activity. I love it.It combines a bit of everything and adds the touch of innovation students require in 21st-century classes.• it helps …