Language News

Being bilingual has some obvious advantages. Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other.. read more →

The Seal of Biliteracy has been hailed as an important initiative to recognize high school graduates who have attained proficiency in two or more world languages, and provide employers in their states a method of identifying job candidates with multiple language skills, according to a New American Economy study. The Seal of Biliteracy creates a tangible.. read more →

Following no small amount of controversy, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the United States’ next education secretary today (Feb. 7), making history in the process. DeVos—whose flimsy qualifications and financial conflicts of interest made her one of president Donald Trump’s most contentious cabinet picks—scraped through the Senate by a 51-50 vote. Two Republican senators sided.. read more →

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018… read more →

Top US economist Larry Summers recently tweeted this in relation to America’s focus on its so-called special relationship with the UK. And he’s right. The economic impact on the US – or any other country – that closes off its trade barriers with countries that are different to it would be enormous. Language matters on.. read more →

During her questioning of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s just-confirmed pick for secretary of education, Washington Sen. Patty Murray asked whether DeVos believed that “fundamentally different types of corporate control structures—governance by owners versus governance by trustees—results in different decisions and behaviors by for-profit institutions compared to nonprofit and public schools?” DeVos’ one-word answer—“no”—spoke volumes about her worldview,.. read more →

A few weeks ago, Abhishek Goyal was feeling pretty good about being an international student. Twenty-two years old, Goyal is from India and getting a master’s degree in construction management at New York University. Back home, he said, his career plans would be decided for him by his parents or society. “Everybody wants to you to be a.. read more →

Miami businesswoman Elizabeth De Zulueta speaks English and Spanish. She knows some Italian and Russian, too. She’s also a robotics engineer who knows how to code using technical training in computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering. Having studied languages and coding, De Zulueta knows the value of both skills, and she can attest from her personal.. read more →

ESL instructors need to understand how languages work to be better able to serve the student population. Language is what makes us human, and it’s something no other creature has. Note the following, according to Noam Chomsky: “Language is a mirror of mind in a deep and significant sense. It is a product of human intelligence, created anew in.. read more →